Friday, January 10, 2014
You probably wouldn't say it to his face, but Sebastien Chabal is a fairy. The man once known as the Caveman, who was recently suspended for knocking out a player, has taken part in a TV ad that is sure to go viral, for the sheer bizarreness of it if nothing else.
Chabal, who plays for Lyon in the French second division, was banned for 3 weeks after he punched Agen's Marc Giraud with one punch recently. The 36-year-old former France star lashed out at Giraud after he held onto his shirt at the breakdown. Chabal knocked him out with one punch.
He publicly apolologised for the incident but was given the three-week suspension after being leniently dealt with (yellow card) at the time. The incident clearly hasn't affected his popularity though, and if anything it probably added to his fearsome reputation.
He made headlines again today for a slightly different reason though, as this currency conversion company TV advert sees him dressed up as a fairly... a currency fairy. The ad airs on UK TV soon and is sure to make rugby fans snigger whenever they see it. Your thoughts?
Update: You can now view some outtakes from the ad on page two
View more of the best and worst of Chabal in the Related Posts below
Posted at 8:16 pm | 6 comments
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Benson Stanley made arguably the biggest hit of the new year when he smashed Yoann Huget with a great tackle at the Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday. Toulouse went on to beat the Top 14 leaders 19-12 as they maintained their excellent home record.
Toulouse have won all nine home games this season but have a poor away record, losing all of their seven matches on the road. They are up to fourth on the overall log now, while Clermont remain top with their losing bonus point.
"It's good to beat the leaders Clermont during this period where we weren't playing very good rugby," said Toulouse captain Thierry Dusautoir.
"That gives us a boost before the visit of Saracens (in the Heineken Cup this coming weekend)."
Benson Stanley, who forged a reputation for himself as a big hitter when still playing in New Zealand, made another trademark crunching tackle as he smashed Huget, who in fairness received the ball on a hiding to nothing.
Stanley is the smaller of the two players so as with Sam Tuitupou's hit in the previous post, it was nice to see good tackling technique prevail. It was also good to see no TMO intervention, as has become the norm these days when a dominant tackle is made.
You can view more great hits from (and on) Stanley in the Related Posts below
Posted at 2:49 pm | 31 comments
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Here's a short clip of a big tackle that Sale Sharks centre Sam Tuitupou made on 6ft4 London Irish centre Eamonn Sheridan when the two sides met in the Aviva Premiership recently.
Sheridan had kicked the ball ahead so possibly wasn't expecting the contact, but Tuitupou commited himself and smashed the bigger man to the floor with a perfect tackle.
Great hit and even though it's a short clip, it has been added to the RD Big Hits archive.
Posted at 6:11 am | 2 comments
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Prop Joe Marler made a huge tackle on big Northampton Saints, Wales and Lions wing George North during Harlequins meeting with the Saints this weekend. Here is a quick look at the hit as well as highlights from the match.
Saints won the match 23-9 and North scored a well taken try after bumping off a far smaller challenge in the form of Charlie Walker, but when up against Marler he came off second best.
"Young Charlie Walker is a talented player but when you're one on one with George, you have to make sure you make a good tackle," said Jim Mallinder of the impressive North try. "We needed that from George, it was fantastic to see him score in the corner."
George Pisi also made a huge hit, but his was of the illegal vareity and he was sinbinned. View highlights of the match, including North's try and Pisi's hit, on page two of this post.
View more big tackles from over the years in our Big Hits section
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Saturday, January 04, 2014
Wednesday night's 1872 Cup game between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch after heavy rains at Scotstoun. The players stood around aimlessly for a while before Stuart Hogg decided to pose for one of the best photo opportunities of the new year.
The game was called off less than 90 minutes before kick-off after the heavy downpour. Officials gave it as long as possible to try and play the match, but it wasn't possible.
Young flyer Hogg, who had a fantastic 2013 that included a spot on the British & Irish Lions tour, decided to put a smile on some of the loyal supporters' faces with this great swallow dive.
"Disappointed that the game was called off y'day. Had to make some fun of it though" Hogg tweeted.
Posted at 8:37 am | 6 comments
Thursday, January 02, 2014
Stade Francais beat Perpignan 19-12 in the Top 14 on Sunday afternoon after all their points, other than a penalty try, were scored by Jerome Fillol. Flanker Antoine Burban was outstanding for the Parisians on the day, making turnovers and tackles all over the park.
This incredible covering tackle was one that he made on Fijian centre Watisoni Votu, who beat the first tackler as Perignan attacked, but was absolutely smashed by Burban as he stepped inside.
Let's hope we see more great tackles throughout 2014. On that note, Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. It's been a good festive season and we'll be back in the full swing of things soon.
Posted at 6:27 pm | 22 comments
Friday, December 27, 2013
Referee JP Doyle had his earpiece knocked out last weekend as Gloucester met Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership. Doyle found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as a kick ahead pinged him directly on the side of the head, providing an amusing moment for the commentators.
We've seen a few similar incidents over the years, some of which are in the Related Posts below
Posted at 4:27 pm | 3 comments