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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Liam Williams and Robin Copeland face disciplinaries after double red card

Liam Williams and Robin Copeland were given their marching orders after an incident in Sunday's Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets Pro12 match at the Millennium Stadium. Williams offended at the breakdown for his second yellow, before Copeland stamped on him. MORE »

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Courtney Lawes smashes Owen Farrell with trademark hit

Courtney Lawes made another of his trademark crash tackles at the weekend, this time on England team mate, Owen Farrell. The Saracens flyhalf didn't return from the tunnel at halftime but has since been cleared as not having a foot injury, and will resume training this week. MORE »

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mathieu Bastareaud makes big rib tickling tackle on Matuisela Talebula

Toulon back Mathieu Bastareaud, often affectionately referred to as the Tank, is the type of player you generally want to stay away from when he has ball in hand. His ability to get over the gain line is what makes him so valuable a player. His tackling isn't half bad either. MORE »

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tavis Knoyle punches Leroy Houston in dramatic Gloucester vs Bath derby

Saturday's dramatic West Country derby between Gloucester and Bath is set to be investigated after ugly scenes followed a late penalty try, awarded by referee Tim Wigglesworth, who showed two red cards and five yellows as Bath won the game 18-17. MORE »

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Jared Payne banned for two weeks after red card challenge on Alex Goode

Today Jared Payne was suspended for two weeks for the dangerous challenge he was red carded for against Saracens. Payne was sent off by referee Jerome Garces after just four minutes of the Heineken Cup Quarter Final. MORE »

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Rugby HQ's Top 5 Biggest Hitters in Super Rugby history

Super Rugby is known for it's expansive rugby, fast paced game and of course, the big hits. Over the years there have been a number of players that have stood out for their ability, and penchant for the big tackle. Here are the Top 5, as compiled by Sean Maloney and the Fox Sports team. MORE »

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Malakai Fekitoa smashes Conrad Smith with huge tackle

Round six of Super Rugby produced some great tries, as seen in yesterday's Best Tries of the round video, but there were also some big tackles, and none better than this in the Highlanders vs Hurricanes clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. MORE »

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Angelo Esposito's big tackle on Jonny May in Rome

A quick look at the impressive tackle Italy's Angelo Esposito made on England's Jonny May on Saturday. England won the game 52-11 but this was one of the best tackles of the weekend as the Italy wing picked up and drove May into touch without too much trouble. MORE »

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Stephen Ferris returns to rugby with trademark powerful tackle

It's been a good few days for Ireland fans. They won the Six Nations, Brian O'Driscoll went out in style, and flanker Stephen Ferris, who has been out with a long injury lay-off, made his return. He marked it with a typically determined and powerful tackle. MORE »

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Dave Attwood's big tackles on Steve Borthwick and Mako Vunipola

Saracens beat Bath 23-10 in a Round 16 Aviva Premiership game at the weekend. Bath lock Dave Attwood made a huge tackle in the first half, then followed it up with another strong hit seconds later. The tackles are below, with official highlights on page two. MORE »

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Kiwi Dan Bowden's big driving tackle on James O'Connor

A quick look at a big tackle from the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Irish last weekend. New Zealander Dan Bowden gets his head in low, picks up and then drives former Wallaby James O'Connor back before dumping him to the turf. MORE »

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Jamie Mackintosh off the ball shoulder shot on Richie McCaw

Here's a quick video that includes a must see super slow-mo of a pretty nasty off the ball shot by Chiefs prop Jamie Mackintosh. The hit is on the indestructible man, Richie McCaw, who was left on the floor in a heap and must have been wondering how Mackintosh stayed on the field. MORE »

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Morgan Parra banned for two weeks for head butt on Rene Ranger

Clermont scrumhalf Morgan Parra has been suspended for two weeks for head-butting Montpellier's Rene Ranger in their Top 14 clash at the weekend. He has only just been called into the France squad, but will miss their next match, against Scotland. MORE »

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Massive try saving hit by Israel's Yonatan Kaplan vs Gibraltar

On Saturday Gibraltar hosted Israel in what was only their third ever Test match, held at Victoria Stadium. The underdogs achieved an impressive 25-12 victory, but felt the might of the 49th ranked side in the first half with this thundering try saving tackle. MORE »

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

Newport Gwent Dragons replacement prop Francisco Chaparro has been suspended for ten weeks following his red card for a dangerous tackle in the RaboDirect PRO12 match between Leinster and the Dragons on Friday evening. He has the right to appeal. MORE »

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Maurie Fa'asavalu makes huge hit on Andrea Masi in the Aviva Premiership

This massive hit by flanker Maurie Fa'asavalu is from last weekend's match between Wasps and Harlequins, and features Italian back Andrea Masi on the receiving end of a big Samoan shoulder. MORE »

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Scott Williams injures shoulder making big hit on Brian O'Driscoll

Wales centre Scott Williams will undergo surgery today on the injured shoulder that saw him leave the field during his team's 26-3 loss to Ireland on Saturday. Williams injured himself making a huge hit on Brian O'Driscoll, but came off second best. MORE »

Monday, January 27, 2014

Mouritz Botha crunches Jean Deysel in Saracens vs Sharks friendly

Saracens beat the Sharks 23-15 in Saturday's friendly Super Rugby warmup game for the Currie Cup champions. Both teams were extremely physical at Allianz Park, so here is one of the biggest hits of the game, plus a compilation of some of the others. MORE »

Monday, January 20, 2014

New Ireland prop Rodney Ah You smashes lock Alistair Hargreaves

New Zealand born Connacht prop Rodney Ah You made one of the tackles on the weekend despite his side being thumped 64-6 by Saracens at Allianz Park on Saturday. Kiwi Ah You was recently named in Ireland's extended Six Nations squad. MORE »

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Ian Evans facing suspension after red card for stamp on Mike McCarthy

Ospreys and Wales lock Ian Evans faces an anxious wait to see what his Six Nations availability will be like after he was cited for a red card for stamping in Friday's Heineken Cup clash against Leinster in Dublin. Leinster won the game 36-3. MORE »

 
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