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Thursday Jan 4, 2018

Josh van der Flier's record breaking 34 tackles against Connacht

In case you missed it, Leinster’s Josh van der Flier made a record breaking 34 tackles during their PRO14 clash with Connacht. That’s officially a tournament record, the highest number of tackles made in a PRO14 match since stats began to be tracked by Opta in 2010.

The incredible part of this achievement is that he didn’t miss a tackle either.

You can see each one of those 34 tackles below, aided by the bright red headgear he wore.

The previous record was held jointly by Cardiff Blues and Wales flanker Josh Navidi (30) and Edinburgh and Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson (30).

Leinster and Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien has called it a ‘super-human’ effort. 

“Yeah, it was phenomenal so it was. He has a serious engine in fairness to Josh. He works incredibly hard, is a great professional and he puts in big shifts every week he goes out.

“It’s super-human and I don’t think it will be broken for a long time – unless he breaks it himself again,” added O’Brien, whose own record is reportedly just 23, set in 2001.

credit: rugbypass

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