Thursday, June 11, 2015
Former Wallabies winger Wendell Sailor has broken the arm of fellow former NRL player, Ben Ross, on live TV during the rugby league show, The Footy Show. It took place as part of the Iron Arm Challenge, an arm wrestling challenge that was set up for charity.
Beau Ryan, funny man and former player himself, was on hand to call the event, but was clearly shocked at what happened, as Ross appeared to have his elbow dislocated, or possibly ripped the bicep off the bone. It only just happened, so details are scarce at this stage.
Now 40-years-old, Sailor switched from Rugby League to Union and went on to play 37 Tests for the Wallabies before making his return to the NRL in 2007.
Channel Nine's Ben Fordham wrote in a tweet that Ross's injury "looks like a busted bicep".
"Ben Ross is going to be OK, thankfully," he said. "Just a freak accident nobody could have predicted. Hope he's better ASAP."
Ross was taken to hospital immediately, and the Nine Network cut to an ad break.
It's safe to say that Sailor was the winner. We wish Ross all the best with his recovery.
Since it happened, Sailor has spoken about what went through his mind at the time.
"After he got the start on me, I've pushed back. And as I've pushed I saw him use his bodyweight a little bit, which you do anyway, to try and stop me coming back to that point," Sailor explained.
"At that stage, that sound, the look on his face, what just happened. It was just gut-wrenching. I thought he might have pulled a biceps muscle. But just to see his arm hanging there, I felt so helpless. I didn’t know whether to pick him up or what to do. There's so many emotions running through your head.
"I'll never arm wrestle again now. Not even for fun, not even with mates. I used to like to do it for fun but I'll never arm wrestle again after seeing what just transpired there."
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The latest edition of Plays of the Month features some unbelievable tries from Super Rugby, as well as some of the best comic book super heros that Sean Maloney and the Rugby HQ guys could come up with. Here are the best bits from May, with this latest Plays of the Month.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
A special Jerry Collins Smashed em Bro tribute to the great man #smashedembroPosted by The Crowd Goes Wild on Monday, June 8, 2015
There's no doubting the fact that Jerry Collins was one of the hardest hitting rugby players of the professional, or perhaps any, era. Often on the borderline of legal, and sometimes stepping over that line, Collins was the All Blacks and Hurricanes 'enforcer' for years.
He famously knocked out Colin Charvis of Wales in 2003, and damaged a few others too. The man was uncompromising, and fans loved him for it.
Here is a quick edition of the Crowd Goes Wild's Smashed Em Bro, featuring all Jerry. RIP
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
In their U20 match against Argentina, the New Zealand juniors paid tribute to the late Jerry Collins, who tragically died in a car crash in France a few days ago. They performed a special prematch Haka, with direct reference to Collins and his family.
Former teammate of Collins with both the All Blacks and Hurricanes, Tana Umaga, was watching on from the sideline as he is part of the U20 coaching setup.
It will have been a tough few days for him personally, as he and the entire rugby community have mourned the loss of such a prominent figure.
The young players were all too aware of the enormity of what happened, and performed this special Haka to honour a player who inspired so many, both on and off the field.
While to some it may just look like another variation of a Haka, what they actually said is what made it so touching. In the intro they made reference to Collins and his partner, and then they say Rest in Peace - 'moe moe ra, moe moe ra' in Maori.
There is also an acknowledgement of their baby, and they wish the fallen two to their final resting place. It's a beautiful personal message from the team, and one worth sharing.
credit: sky sport nz
Toulon's fantastic run of success came to a sudden halt as Stade Francais knocked them out of the Top 14 with a 33-16 Semi Final victory this past weekend. Leading from the front was Sergio Parisse, who produced a sensational pass for their first try of the game.
Stade Francais upset the script as they stunned the defending French and European Champions, scoring three tries to the solitary effort of the men in red. They will face Clermont, who beat Toulouse 18-14, in the final this coming weekend.
It was actually the third time that Stade have beaten Toulon this season, the latter having topped the table, but it was a sad farewell for those veterans that will be hanging up their boots, namely Bakkies Botha, Ali Williams and Carl Hayman.
Chris Masoe, who bleached his hair in honour of Jerry Collins, is also moving on.
The try of the match was all about the Italian maestro though, as Parisse got the ball out wide and instead of having a go, realised two players were closing him down, so instinct took over.
The behind the back inside flick for Raphaël Lakafia was perfectly executed, and beautiful to watch, with inspirational Parisse at his skillful best.
As he said in the recent video we featured on The Art of Number Eight, "I don't think I have the number eight on my jersey.. I just try to play rugby, play the situation."
Drew Mitchell and Antoine Burban both scored excellent tries, before Mitchell handed Julien Dupuy a gift that somewhat boosted the final score. View the match highlights
Monday, June 08, 2015
Round Two of the World Rugby U20 Championshop served up some outstanding tries as the juniors battled it out in the heat of Italy on Saturday. Above is a look at five of the best, with all the individual match highlights posted on page two of this post.
New Zealand remain unbeaten, but only just as they narrowly escaped with a tense victory over Argentina in Northern Italy. England beat rivals Wales to top Pool A, while South Africa lead Pool B after out-muscling Samoa 40-8 in Parma.
Ireland narrowly neat Scotland, while France scored a seven-try win over Japan, and hosts Italy went down 31-15 against Australia. The next round of action takes place in Viadana and Calvisano on Wednesday 10 June.
Which is your favourite try, and who impressed you on day two?
The top 6 places have been decided following round 17 of Super Rugby, but with one week of league action left, the final spots are still up for grabs with plenty to play for. Here is Sean Maloney's quick recap in The Shortball.
The Hurricanes topped the overall table as they paid tribute to former star Jerry Collins with an emphatic 56-20 victory over the Highlanders. They took top spot in the New Zealand conference but the winner of the Australian conference will only be known next weekend, and it's between the Waratahs and the Brumbies.
The Stormers drew 19-19 with the Lions, who had a great season but narrowly missed out on a top six place. It was their best ever season, with nine wins. The draw gave the Stormers the South African conference honours.
The Crusaders beat the Blues, with Nemani Nadolo scoring the Try of the Week, but they too missed out on a playoff spot, in what has been a poor season for the champion side.
Next weekend will determine who sits where in the final standings, so there is still plenty to play for as the final standings will prove vital to their chances in the playoffs.
The Shortball recaps the action, which includes an unbelievable second hat-trick for David Pocock, a bad farewell for Will Genia and James Horwill, and a gift of a try for the Waratahs.