ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Friday Jul 24, 2020

When England narrowly escaped Italian blushes after infamous 'ruckgate' scandal

Twickehnam descended into chaos during the 2017 Six Nations when Italy caught out England by challenging the rules around the breakdown.

ADVERTISEMENT

Once a tackle had been completed the Italians chose not to compete for the ball meaning there was no offside line. This allowed the Italians to swarm around the English scrum half and prevent them from passing.

As referee Romain Poite repeatedly called “just a tackle”, 80,000 fans inside the stadium grew frustrated as Italian players were able to stand wherever they liked and disrupt the English attack.

This tactic came during the infancy of Conor O’Shea’s reign as Italy head coach and was hailed as genius by many fans. The incidents were collectively known as ‘ruckgate’ and almost led to Italy’s first ever win over the English.

During the game England’s James Haskell approached Poite to ask about the ruling, which lay the foundations for the referee’s infamous “I am the referee not a coach” line.

ADVERTISEMENT

Despite the chaotic nature of the game, England pulled through to win 36-15 having trailed 5-10 at half time. Full match highlights are available below:

Comments




Related Articles

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy scenes as player deliberately kicks...

  • 83 WEEKS AGO

    Jokester has field day with Chris Latham's...

  • 84 WEEKS AGO

    Eddie Jones goes off on fan in shocking new...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    The dummy that sold the whole of Perth - including the cameraman

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Bayonne score 'one of the best tries you'll ever see' in latest match against Exeter

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Baloucoune shows Andy Farrell what he's missing as the winger tears through Harlequins defence

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Seriously impressive Courtney Lawes compilation released after England player calls time on international career

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    Fiji number eight Viliame 'Bill' Mata scores audacious try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    The sending off that rocked the Six Nations opener

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full length of the pitch try

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Streaker causes major bust up as he tackles player

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Monster hit from Perrin leaves Bristol Bears player stunned

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Posolo Tuilagi's massive tackle lights up Top 14

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full length of the pitch try

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Statement: Championship clubs fire back at RFU after 'flawed proposals' create rift

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    RFU proposes two-tier Premiership franchise to replace Championship despite huge opposition

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    Compilation video shows Jamie George's surprising box of tricks

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    Eddie Jones reported to have negotiated return to Japan national side

View All

Funnies

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Mike Philips recounts crazy night Shane Williams tried to fight Warren Gatland

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Shaun Edwards leaves room silent in new Six Nations documentary with French to English transition

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Streaker causes major bust up as he tackles player

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Luke Cowan-Dickie left red faced after losing very costly bet

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Mack Hansen proves once again that he is a hero in Ireland

View All

Amateur

  • 59 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 59 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 1 DAY AGO

    What Tom Shanklin had to say about former teammate Gavin Henson

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Kinghorn returns to threaten England defence in Calcutta Cup

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Spencer and Lawrence to feature as multiple changes made to England line-up to face Scotland

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Mike Philips recounts crazy night Shane Williams tried to fight Warren Gatland

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Elliot Daly and Jamie George combine for contract announcement

View All