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Monday, March 21, 2016

Josh Mann-Rea punches earn him a red card and 1 week ban

It isn't often that we see punches thrown in professional rugby these days, but the Brumbies' Josh Mann-Rea changed the trend slightly, at his peril, when he unleashed against the Stormers on Saturday evening. He was red carded, and has since been suspended... MORE »

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Motu Matu'u demolishes two Melbourne Rebels players in 2012

Gloucester have announced the signing of Hurricanes hooker Motu Matu'u, who a lot of you will know for his hard-hitting, strong carrying brand of rugby. New Zealand born, Matu'u has played 7 Tests or Samoa, including at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. MORE »

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Ma'a Nonu cited for massive no-arms hit on Grenoble scrumhalf

Ma'a Nonu has been cited after he was yellow carded for a tackle that was deemed to be with the shoulder. Nonu has a bit of a history of tackling without using his arms properly, which is surprising for a player of his calibre. MORE »

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Joe Marler escapes ban for forearm strike on Wales' Rob Evans

Joe Marler has been clearedto play following a disciplinary hearing for the incident that involved him striking Wales' Rob Evans during their Six Nations match at Twickenham on Saturday. While the citing was upheld, it was found to be not worthy of a red card. MORE »

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mat Luamanu flies in to make a cracking hit on big Matt Banahan

Mat Luamanu made this cracking tackle on Bath's Matt Banahan this past weekend, rocking the 6ft7 former England winger to the floor. MORE »

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tomas Francis only penalised but then cited for contact with Dan Cole's eyes

Wales prop Tomas Francis has been cited for the incident that had some fans and pundits up in arms during the Six Nations clash against England on Saturday. Francis appeared to make contact with the eyes of Dan Cole, but he was only penalised due to lack of evidence. MORE »

Friday, March 11, 2016

Jerome Kaino issued warning for dangerous off the ball tackle

Jerome Kaino has been given a Citing Commissioner Warning for an off the ball tackle he made earlier today against the Hurricanes, in the opening game of round three of Super Rugby. Kaino was only penalised at the time, but hooker Leni Apisai went off straight after the knock. MORE »

Monday, March 07, 2016

Manu Tuilagi makes another two huge hits against Exeter Chiefs

We've featured Manu Tuilagi regularly of late, as recently as last week after he made a punishing hit on Blair Cowan. He made two more crunching tackles against Exeter Chiefs, but Leicester boss says he's still not ready for Test rugby. MORE »

Friday, March 04, 2016

Martin Castrogiovanni banned for stamping on foot of Scotland back

Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been banned for two weeks for stamping on the foot of Scotland centre Duncan Taylor when the two sides met at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday. MORE »

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Will Skelton issued official warning for doing this to Saia Fainga'a

Waratahs lock Will Skelton was issued with an official warning for this off-the-ball shot on fellow Wallaby Saia Fainga'a during the opening round of Super Rugby. As the offence didn't meet the red card threshold for citings, he was issued a warning and is free to play. MORE »

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Manu Tuilagi's big hit on Blair Cowan in Leicester Tigers romp

Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi made a return to the Premiership recently, leading to him being called up to the England training squad. He put in a solid performance against London Irish this past weekend, including a tackle that Blair Cowan wasn't too pleased with. MORE »

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Tomas Lavanini suspended for a week for diving on tryscorer

Newcomers to Super Rugby, Argentina's Jaguares, had a good start to the tournament with a 34-33 victory over the Cheetahs. Discipline was an issue though, with a number of yellow cards in their first outing, and this incident involving Los Pumas lock Tomas Lavanini. MORE »

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Schalk Brits banned for three weeks after red card for punching Nick Wood

Saracens hooker Schalk Brits was shown a red card for punching during last weekend's Aviva Premiership match against Gloucester at Allianz Park. Brits has since pleased guilty and been banned for three weeks. MORE »

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bryan Habana's massive hit on Lions winger Tommy Bowe in 2009

Bryan Habana was in the news yesterday as he has been called up to join the Springbok 7s team as they prepare for the next two rounds of the World Sevens Series. Here is a clip of him in action against the British & Irish Lions in 2009, with one of the hits of the series. MORE »

Monday, February 22, 2016

Manu Tuilagi penalised for big shoulder on Winston Stanley

Manu Tuilagi made a return to action for Leicester Tigers this past weekend, following time out with a hamstring injury. All eyes were on the Samoan born powerhouse, who made his impact early in the second half. MORE »

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Yoann Maestri only warned for this off the ball shoulder on Johnny Sexton

Second rower Yoann Maestri was issued with a Citing Commissioner warning following this off the ball bump on Johnny Sexton during France's 10-9 victory over Ireland in Paris on Saturday. Sexton played on but was visibly shaken and needed a moment. MORE »

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Jamie Roberts knocks out Blair Cowan with big tackle in Six Nations thriller

Wales' tight victory over Scotland in Cardiff in the 6 Nations was arguably the pick of the action from the weekend. It was also a brutally physical encounter, and one which took its toll on a number of players. MORE »

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Ken Pisi blindsides Tito Tebaldi with brutal crunching tackle

Samoa's Pisi family made history at the Rugby World Cup when three brothers took to the field at the same time, and while George probably has the reputation as the hardest hitter of all, brother Ken has shown that he too can be lethal on defence. MORE »

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Chris Ashton reflects on his controversial 10-week ban for gouging

Last week Chris Ashton was banned for 10 weeks following an incident that involved him pulling Ulster back Luke Marshall down by the face, and in the process making contact with his eyes. Ashton appealed, but had it rejected, meaning he will miss the entire Six Nations. MORE »

Monday, February 08, 2016

Carlin Isles unhappy after being caught and hit hard by Augustine Pulu

He might be the quickest rugby player on the planet, but Carlin Isles is not immune from being tackled, and nuggety All Black Augustine Pulu showed us exactly how it can be done at the Sydney Sevens this past weekend. MORE »

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