Posts in Big Hits & Dirty Play

Friday, June 10, 2016

South Africa vs Ireland preview and look back at explosive 1998 Test

We continue our previews of the upcoming Summer Tours by taking a look at Ireland's match against South Africa in Cape Town. We also look back at an unsavoury clash back in 1998, when a Keith Wood punch in the first Test set the tone for a fiery second. MORE »

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Connacht's HUGE defence against Leinster in PRO12 final

Connacht were superb on their way to their first ever PRO12 title triumph at the weekend, and a major part of their win came from a great defence, and some thumping hits. MORE »

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hitoshi Ono suspended for reverse headbutt against the Brumbies

Sunwolves lock Hitoshi Ono has been banned for a week after he was yellow carded for a quite unique reverse-headbutt against the Brumbies at the weekend. Ono plead guilty to contravening Law 10.4.a. Striking with the Head during a SANZAAR Judicial Hearing. MORE »

Monday, May 30, 2016

Giant Bok teammates Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager come to blows

Springbok second row teammates Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager came to blows in Saturday's Super Rugby match between the Stormers and the Cheetahs in Cape Town, and while no punches were thrown, there was clearly some fire in the heavyweight encounter. MORE »

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sonny Bill Williams puts in a monster tackle at the London Sevens

All the talk at this year's London 7s is about another cross-code convert, but Sonny Bill Williams has been quietly going about his work in his own fight to make it to the Olympics. On the opening day in London he made this cracking tackle, reminding everyone he is out there. MORE »

Monday, May 16, 2016

Leonardo Senatore banned for 10 weeks after biting Keegan Daniel

Jaguares loose forward Leonardo Senatore has been banned for biting Sharks forward Keegan Daniel during their 25-22 loss on Saturday. It is not the first time Senatore has been in trouble for biting, after he was banned for the same offence three years ago. MORE »

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sila Puafisi red carded after clearing out Kieran Marmion with his head

When Glasgow Warriors and Connacht faced off recently in their top-of-the-table clash, you would think that both sets of players would keep their cool for such an important match. Try telling that to Warrior Sila Puafisi, who received a straight red for a senseless clearout. MORE »

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Fans and players involved in crazy fight at full time in Argentina

These chaotic scenes took place in Argentina recently as a match between Huazihul San Juan Rugby Club and Personal Bank Mendoza ended in violence, with supporters from both sides getting involved, resulting in two players being sent to hospital. MORE »

Friday, May 06, 2016

Tighthead vs Tighthead as props Kieran Brookes and David Wilson collide

We've seen a few seismic collisions over the years and this one between two of the biggest props in the game was epic. Clearly Northampton Saints tighthead Kieran Brookes got the better of it, and Bath's David Wilson might reconsider his approach, as it simply won't work on such a big man! MORE »

Monday, May 02, 2016

Leolin Zas red carded and banned after Bernard Foley's awful landing

Stormers back Leolin Zas was shown a straight red card for this challenge on Bernard Foley on Saturday prompting discussions over the decision, as both players appeared to be making a fair attempt at claiming the ball. However, Zas has been banned for 2 weeks. MORE »

Friday, April 29, 2016

Namibian warrior Jacques Burger announces he will play his final game of rugby

Namibian and Saracens legend Jacques Burger has announced that it's time to hang up his well worn boots, playing his final game this coming Sunday. Burger, now 32-years-old, has played in three World Cups and forged a reputation as one of the hardest players around. MORE »

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Nemani Nadolo banned for four weeks for tip tackle on Tomas Cubelli

Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo will be out of action for four weeks following a dangerous tackle that he made against the Brumbies in round nine of Super Rugby this past weekend. The Fijian giant pleaded guilty to the charge following a citing. MORE »

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rib crunching tackle from French star at the recent Atlanta 7s

Marjorie Mayans made this crunching tackle on Ireland's Stacey Flood at the Atlanta Women's 7s in the USA a few weeks back. The hit looked to have caused some real damage, leaving Flood wincing on the floor as the ball was turned over and a try was scored. MORE »

Monday, April 25, 2016

Jason Emery suspended for 4 weeks for dangerous challenge on Willie le Roux

Highlanders back Jason Emery has been suspended for four weeks for the dangerous challenge he made on Willie le Roux during the Super Rugby champions' meeting with the Sharks on Friday. Emery was given a 6 week ban, but it was reduced due to mitagating factors such as his admission of guilt and exemplary disciplinary record. MORE »

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Owen Farrell yellow carded for knocking out Dan Robson with sickening clash

Owen Farrell made this brutal looking tackle on Wasps' Dan Robson during Saturday's European Champions Cup Semi Final at the Madejski Stadium. Farrell clashed heads with a ducking Robson, gashing his own ear, but refere Romain Poite showed little sympathy. MORE »

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Joe Marler could be in trouble again after appearing to kick an opponent in the head

Joe Marler has hit the headlines again after he appeared to kick Grenoble hooker Arnaud Heguy in the head in Friday night's European Challenge Cup semi final. Marler will face another anxious wait to see if he will have to face yet another disciplinary hearing MORE »

Friday, April 22, 2016

Willie le Roux survives horror landing as Jason Emery sees red

Sharks fullback Willie le Roux was extremely fortunate to come away unscathed from a challenge that saw him land very badly Dunedin earlier today. Highlander Jason Emery took the Springbok out in the air, so was shown a straight red card. MORE »

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fergus McFadden suspended for three weeks for this dangerous high tackle

Leinster's Fergus McFadden has been banned for three weeks for this awful looking tackle against Edinburgh in the PRO12 in Dublin on Friday. McFadden launched into Damien Hoyland, stopping him dead in his tracks but coming off worse for wear. MORE »

Monday, April 18, 2016

Superbowl winner Nate Ebner scores twice but also gets smashed on rugby return

Nate Ebner knows a little something about high pressure environments, so it was no surprise that the Singapore Sevens did little to throw him off his game when he made a return to rugby after so many years out at the highest level. MORE »

Monday, April 18, 2016

Crowd get involved in Biarritz and B├ęziers juniors massive off-field scrap

It can only happen in France... the sorts of incidents that make the rest of the rugby world thankful they played the game elsewhere. It's another all-out French rugby brawl! MORE »

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