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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Sam Burgess throws his body around in the Montpellier mud

Sam Burgess played just 28 minutes in his second outing for Bath, a 30-5 Champions Cup pool stage win over Montpellier. He came off the bench and got stuck in as only he can, throwing his considerable weight around, but almost landing in hot water. MORE »

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Donncha O'Callaghan banned for two weeks for kick to head

Poor Stuart Olding. His head must look similar to a rugby ball, because for the second time this season his attractive cranium has been roughed up by a boot. This time it was Munster lock Donncha O'Callaghan who did it, and has been suspended. MORE »

Monday, December 01, 2014

Bloodied Brad Barritt happy to put body on the line in win over Wallabies

Brad Barritt left the field in a awful state as England ended their Autumn Internationals on a high with a 26-17 victory over the Wallabies. The centre took a number of knocks, but said post match that he is fine and it was all part of playing for his adopted country. MORE »

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Alesana Tuilagi makes trademark crunching tackle against Bath

Powerhouse winger Alesana Tuilagi has made another crunching hit, this time against Bath and poor Ollie Devoto. The Samoan powerhouse has been playing his rugby in Japan but recently returned to the Aviva Premiership, keen to make his mark. MORE »

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Scrumhalf Augustine Pulu's thumping tackle on USA hooker in Chicago

The USA's 74-6 defeat to New Zealand was emphatic to say the least, and while early on in the match they appeared to match them physically, it was men against boys by the end. Never was it more apparent than when Augustine Pulu smashed the USA hooker. MORE »

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Romain Taofifenua banned for three weeks for kicking Stuart Olding in the head

Toulon second rower Romain Taofifenua has been suspended for three weeks following an Independant Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin today. He was cited for making contact with the head of Ulster centre Stuart Olding in the Round 2 Champions Cup match. MORE »

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Canadian lock Aaron Flagg nails two Argentines in the same passage of play

Canada A's Aaron Flagg made not one but two bone crunching hits in the same passage of play against Argentina Jaguars in the Americas Rugby Championship in Langford, BC recently. The big lock first hit number eight Facundo Isa, then got back up to smash centre Juan Ignacio Brez. MORE »

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hard hitting Chris Hala'ufia crunches but then slaps Scott Wilson

Hard hitting number eight Chris Hala'ufia made this bone-jarring hit in the Aviva Premiership as he lined up and crunched Newcastle prop Scott Wilson. Unfortunately he then casually slapped him in the face, as if to further assert his dominance. MORE »

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Richard Hibbard and Sione Kalamafoni double hit on Brad Barritt

Richard Hibbard was throwing his weight around on the weekend against Saracens, as seen here when he and Sione Kalamafoni combined to knock back England centre Brad Barritt. Saracens won the match 28-21 but this was one of the bigger collisions of the contest. MORE »

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jordan Jackson-Hope red carded for dangerous tackle vs New Zealand Barbarians

A quick look at an awful tackle from the Australian Schools flyhalf Jordan Jackson-Hope against the New Zealand Barbarians two weeks ago. Jackson-Hope was shown a straight red card after he left the referee little choice but to send him from the field for this spear or tip-tackle. MORE »

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ben Flower red carded for vicious punching at start of Super League Grand Final

Wigan Warriors prop Ben Flower was shown a straight red card for punching in the opening minutes of the Super League Grand Final. The Welshman hit Lance Hohaia on the floor despite the first punch appearing to have knocked the 31-year-old Kiwi out. MORE »

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ben Tameifuna massive fend on huge prop Solomona Sakalia

Ben Tameifuna made his return to ITM Cup rugby after serving the suspension for pushing referee Glen Jackson last month. The massive tighthead showed what Waikato had been missing with a strong performance, including this huge fend and a big tackle. MORE »

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Declan Fitzpatrick suspended after being Red carded for punch

Ulster prop Declan Fitzpatrick appeared before an independent PRO12 Rugby Disciplinary Committee today, following his sending off for striking Zebre hooker Andrea Manici in the Guinness PRO12 match between Zebre and Ulster on Saturday. MORE »

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Prop Frank Walsh lays into BC Bears fullback with big blindside shot

There have been quite a few requests for this big tackle clip from the Canadian Rugby Championships (CRC) in the last few days, so even though the quality isn't amazing and there are no replays, it's worth sharing because it's a great shot from a veteran player. MORE »

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gloucester's Tom Palmer makes huge hit on Exeter Chiefs' Gareth Steenson

Tom Palmer made this great hit during Gloucester's 25-22 loss to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm. The home crowd were let down in the end, but this tackle and three tries, were the highlights of the night. Gareth Steenson, who kicked four penalties and a conversion, was on the receiving end. MORE »

Monday, September 22, 2014

Courtney Lawes smashes another flyhalf, this time Ruaridh Jackson

This is Courtney Lawes' crunching tackle from last weekend against Wasps. It's not as lethal as some of his previous hits, but it's on a flyhalf yet again, so is equally amusing. If you take a look through our Related Posts below this, you'll see many more of his hits on hapless number tens. MORE »

Monday, September 22, 2014

Richard Hibbard's massive hit on Sale's Shalva Mamukashvili

When he's not diving, Richard Hibbard is one of the hardest hitting hookers in world rugby. He won over the Gloucester fans recently with this smashing hit vs Sale, against his opposite number, Shalva Mamukashvili. Unfortunately he was ruled to have knocked it on, but it was a great tackle anyway. MORE »

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Discussion on Francois Louw injury from Richie McCaw cleanout

Francois Louw is out of the Rugby Championship after getting injured in the All Blacks and Springboks clash in Wellington. The injury occurred when Richie McCaw smashed into him at a ruck, causing some debate amongst fans and pundits. MORE »

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Ben Funnell's slamming tackle on Daniel Hawkins in the ITM Cup

Canterbury's Ben Funnell made this huge tackle on Northland's Daniel Hawkins in the ITM Cup a few week's back. We didn't get it posted at the time so rather than ignore it or feature it on the homepage now, it's being added to the Big Hits archive for future browsing and posterity. MORE »

Monday, September 08, 2014

Samu Manoa Huge Hit on Billy Twelvetrees in Premiership opening weekend

The Aviva Premiership is up and running and that means Northampton Saints' bone-collector Samu Manoa is on the loose. He made this crunching hit on Gloucester's Billy Twelvetrees in the 53-6 thumping at Franklin's Gardens at the weekend. MORE »

 
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