Posts in Big Hits & Dirty Play

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sean O'Brien cited for punching Pascal Pape in opening minute of Cardiff clash

While injuries are a concern for Ireland, it could get worse as flanker Sean O'Brien has now been cited. The punch happened just seconds into the clash with France, a game that Ireland won 24-9, topping the pool and setting up a meeting with Argentina in the quarter finals. MORE »

Saturday, October 10, 2015

A look at the Burgess tackle that was overlooked as Farrell smashed Giteau

In the last week emotions have run high, mainly regarding foul play and how it has been dealt with by the powers that be. There have been some strange decisions made, both on and off the field. Here is a look at one that puzzled and annoyed some fans. MORE »

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Alesana Tuilagi banned for 5 weeks for 'kneeing' Japanese tackler

Alesana Tuilagi has been banned for five weeks for what has been called an act of foul play, contrary to Law 10.4(a). The incident occurred in the second minute of play against Japan, when tackler Harumichi Tatekawa unfortunately made contact with Tuilagi's knee. MORE »

Monday, October 05, 2015

Michael Hooper cited for this dangerous cleanout on Mike Brown

Wallaby flanker Michael Hooper has been cited following their 33-13 victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday. Hooper charged into a ruck shortly before halftime, and while referee Romain Poite and his officials felt there was no need for anything more than a penalty, he has since been cited and will face a disciplinary hearing. MORE »

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Jamie Mackintosh elbow earns him red and a one week ban

Southland Stags prop Jamie Mackintosh was shown a straight red card in an ITM Cup match against Otago on Saturday. The burly prop was cited and has since pleaded guilty to contravening law 10.4(a) Punching or Striking, and has been banned for a week. MORE »

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Nemani Nadolo banned for dangerous David Pocock clean out

Fiji's giant winger Nemani Nadolo has been banned for a week for an incident that occurred during their 28-13 loss to Australia in their second Pool A match. Asaeli Tikoirotuma has since been called up for the match against Wales in Cardiff. MORE »

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Josh Valentine knocked out by brutal upright tackle from Taiasina Tuifua

Former Wallaby Josh Valentine received this brutal knock in a Pro D2 game when he was hit head-on by Taiasina Tuifua. The big Samoan did something similar to Nicky Robinson in 2012, leading with his head in an upright tackling fashion that is clearly dangerous. MORE »

Monday, September 07, 2015

Brad Thorn tackle breaks ribs of reality TV star in charity match

Amongst all the excitement of World Cup warm up matches, on Friday night a mixed celebrity and players England XV took on a mixed World XV in the inaugural Rugby Aid fixture. The match was to benefit the Rugby Aid charity, people who work alongside returning servicemen and women to help adjust back to civilian life after conflict. MORE »

Friday, September 04, 2015

Zac Guildford suspended for four weeks for bad lifting tackle

Zac Guildford has pleaded guilty after he was cited for a dangerous tackle in an ITM Cup match against Counties Manukau last Friday. Guildford picked up and dropped the opposition player, but it wasn't actually spotted by officials at the time. MORE »

Monday, August 31, 2015

Mass Brawl between Perpignan and Carcassonne in French second division

Midway through the first half of Friday's Pro D2 second round match a little push and shove ensued between Perpignan and Carcassonne. It all looked fairly innocuous, but when something was said in close quarters, David Marty took things to another level. MORE »

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Northland prop Matt Talaese red carded and banned for full time charge

Northland prop Matt Talaese has been suspended for three weeks following a dangerous charge that took place on full time in the ITM Cup second round match against Southland this past weekend. Talaese pleaded guilty to the offence. MORE »

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Some of the greatest amateur rugby hits and collisions of all time

Above is a compilation of some of the biggest and baddest amateur rugby clips floating around online. They've been ripped from various clips on Youtube etc, and we realise that - for some reason - the video also includes a few professional clips from Rugby League and women's rugby. MORE »

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Andrew Trimble's well timed big hit leads to Keith Earls try against Wales

Ireland gave rivals Wales a bit of a seeing to in Cardiff on Saturday in a Rugby World Cup Warmup that has led to the 35-21 victors moving up to second on the official world rankings. MORE »

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Tonga's Alipate Fatafehi puts in a huge hit on USA Eagle Shalom Suniula

Tongan centre Alipate Fatafehi put in this huge shot against the USA Eagles last week in the Pacific Nations Cup. A turnover ended up being a blessing in disguise for the big centre, who lined up Eagles scrumhalf Shalom Suniula and with a 30kg weight difference, smashed him. MORE »

Friday, July 31, 2015

Mammoth tackle as two giant Polish forwards meet in Cup Final

A few weeks back this huge collision took place in the final of the Ekstraliga, Poland's top league for rugby. You may have come across it but we haven't featured it yet, and it really is a must see hit. It's been described as the 300kg clash, as these two giant men met in midfield. MORE »

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Michael Hooper suspended for one week for striking Nicolas Sanchez

Wallaby flanker Michael Hooper has received a one week suspension for striking Argentina's Nicolas Sanchez during their Rugby Championship match at the weekend. The argument that is was open handed, not a punch, was accepted. MORE »

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Alesana Tuilagi crunches big winger in thrilling Samoa and Fiji draw

Samoa and Fiji played out an extremely entertaining 30-30 draw in their Pacific Nations Cup clash in Sacramento, California at the weekend. There were plenty of big collisions, but none more enjoyable than this trademark Alesana Tuilagi tackle. MORE »

Monday, July 27, 2015

Michael Hooper cited for off the ball punch against Argentina

Wallaby Michael Hooper has been cited for striking following an off the ball incident during Australia's 34-9 Rugby Championship second round victory over Argentina in Mendoza. Hooper will appear before a SANZAR disciplinary hearing on Wednesday this week. MORE »

Friday, July 03, 2015

Super Rugby Hits of the Season 2015 from Sky Sport NZ

Sky Sport New Zealand have put together this quick compilation featuring some of the biggest tackles of the 2015 Super Rugby season. Most of the big ones were featured here on RD, but they're all worth another look. Enjoy MORE »

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Midweek Madness - The Top 5 Slaps In Rugby

Right or wrong, there comes a time in the course of every rugby player’s life that the actions of an opponent require some sort of negative attention.  The player wants to let his opponent know that he has erred, and to warn him not to continue his unsavory behavior, but does not want to harm his team with a booking. MORE »

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