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Monday, April 02, 2012

Andy Goode red carded for high hit against former team Leicester Tigers

Former England flyhalf and Leicester Tigers stalwart Andy Goode was sent off against his old side after he flew into Tom Croft with a high shoulder. It was his second card of the night, but was officially a straight red card, issued by referee Wayne Barnes. MORE »

Friday, March 30, 2012

Calum Clark banned for 32 weeks for breaking another player's arm

Last night the verdict in the Calum Clark hearing was announced, resulting in the young Northampton Saints loose forward being suspended from the game for 32 weeks. He will miss England's tour to South Africa, and only play again in November. Below is a short report with a reverse angle of the incident. MORE »

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ben Youngs cited for striking London Irish's Jamie Gibson

In what's been a poor week for English rugby, and it looks as though another Aviva Premiership player could be suspended, namely Ben Youngs after he lost his cool against London Irish on Sunday. As of last night, he has officially been cited. MORE »

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dean Mumm's huge hand-off on the Sharks' Marcel Coetzee

The Waratahs came from behind to beat the Sharks 34-30 in Sydney on Saturday in one of many close finishes in Super Rugby this weekend. One of the more memorable moments of the game was this huge fend from Dean Mumm late in the second half. MORE »

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Calum Clark cited for bending Rob Hawkins' arm backwards

Northampton Saints forward Calum Clark has been cited following an incident in the LV Cup Final (Anglo-Welsh) at Sixways on the weekend. Leicester Tigers hooker Rob Hawkins left the field with a broken arm after the incident. MORE »

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Digby Ioane suspended for five weeks for tip-tackle on Coetzee

Quensland Reds winger Digby Ioane has been suspended for five weeks following a dangerous tackle he made on flanker Marcel' Coetzee during their 27-22 defeat to the Sharks in Durban on Saturday. His previous record contributed to the hefty ban. MORE »

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Motu Matu'u makes biggest hit of the season on Matt Hodgson

Without a doubt the biggest hit of the weekend, and perhaps the season, was made by young Hurricanes hooker Motu Matu'u against the Force in Perth on Friday. Nicknamed 'Bubbles' in the past, he says he's come a long way to get where he is today. MORE »

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Rob Vickers cited following yellow card punch on Joe Marler

Newcastle Falcons hooker Rob Vickers made his 100th appearance for the club against Harlequins on Friday, but marred the occasion by picking up a yellow card for a punch, which has earned him a citing. MORE »

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Hosea Gear's big tackles against the Crusaders

A stand out feature of the Highlanders 27-24 upset victory over the Crusaders in Dunedin on the weekend was the home side's defence. One of the guys who made a massive impact, albeit from the wing, was new signing Hosea Gear. MORE »

Saturday, March 03, 2012

A look at the first ever White Card in Super Rugby

There's been a fair bit of confusion since the introduction of the new White Card in Super Rugby. Last weekend we saw one issued for a tip-tackle, so here's a quick look at that, as well as an explanation of how the process works. MORE »

Thursday, March 01, 2012

The big hits, try savers, and collisions from England vs Wales

England and Wales' Six Nations encounter at Twickenham on Saturday was one of the more intense games of the weekend. With the Triple Crown at stake, and of course bragging rights, neither side gave an inch. Here's a look at some of the rough stuff. MORE »

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Robbie Fruean's huge handoff on Piri Weepu

Here's another look at that incredible handoff from powerhouse center Robbie Fruean during Super Rugby's opening game between the Blues and the Crusaders at Eden Park yesterday. The Crusaders won the game 19-18. MORE »

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Adriaan Fondse's red card punch on big tackling Delon Armitage

Newcastle's South African lock Adriaan Fondse has been suspended for one week following a red card he received for punching Delon Armitage last weekend. Armitage himself wasn't squeaky clean, as he made an ugly looking tackle later in the game. MORE »

Monday, February 20, 2012

Bath and Gloucester get to know one another in mass brawl at the Rec

Gloucester beat Bath 14-11 in muddy conditions in what was a typically fiesty West Country Aviva Premiership derby at the Rec on Saturday. The tone was set early on, with two players being sent to the sin-bin to cool off after a mass brawl erupted. MORE »

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Huge hit on Samoa's Uale Mai at the Las Vegas Sevens

This year's USA Sevens in Las Vegas smashed all previous attendance records for the tournament, with over 64 000 fans attending all three days. Those who were there saw some fantastic rugby, and plenty of big tackles. MORE »

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Bradley Davies & Stephen Ferris controversial tackles discussed

Wales lock Bradley Davies and Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris have been cited following their yellow cards in the classic match between the two sides on Saturday. Here's another look at the incidents, as well as an interesting post-match discussion. MORE »

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Sonny Bill Williams and Clarence Tillman III brawl at weigh-in

Sonny Bill Williams has hit the headlines again following an altercation with his next boxing opponent, Clarence Tillman III. The scuffle broke out at their weigh-in ahead of Wednesday night's clash for the vacant New Zealand Heavyweight title. MORE »

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Nathan Hines hangs onto two Ulster players

Clermont Auvergne will face Saracens in the quarter finals of the Heineken Cup following their hard fought 19-15 win over Ulster on Saturday. Below is a look at a unique bit of foul play that infuriated Ulster fans. MORE »

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Aled Brew's huge hit on Perpignan's David Mele

Last weekend Newport Gwent Dragons were comfortably beaten by Perpignan in the Amlin Challenge Cup. There was a big tackle from Aled Brew that stood out though, and has since been requested on more than one occasion. MORE »

Saturday, January 21, 2012

John Carter's shiner from Dave Allen punch - Oxford vs Cambridge 2011

Oxford University captain John Carter led from the front as his team claimed their biggest Varsity match victory over Cambridge since 1988, winning 28-10 at Twickenham last month. After the game all the talk was of that shiner. MORE »

 
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