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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Henry Speight banned for five weeks for dangerous flip on Juan de Jongh

Brumbies winger Henry Speight received a red card in last week's Super Rugby playoff match against the Stormers due to this dangerous tackle/clear out, and has since been suspended for five weeks following a SANZAR disciplinary hearing. MORE »

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Japie Mulder's perfect tackle on Jonah Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final

Today it is exactly 20 years since South Africa won the 1995 Rugby World Cup by famously beating New Zealand 15-12 in a tense Ellis Park final. The win saw the newly democratic country overcome a number of odds, including stopping the imposing figure of a young giant named Jonah Lomu. MORE »

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Andrew Horrell feels Malakai Fekitoa's full force in Super Rugby playoff

Chiefs playmaker Andrew Horrell felt the full impact of Malakai Fekitoa's hit in Saturday's play-off game against the Highlanders. The Highlanders have qualified, so will play the Waratahs in Sydney in their semi final on June 27th. MORE »

Thursday, June 18, 2015

You can run but you can't hide from the Savea brothers

Waisake Naholo did extremely well to outpace Julian Savea when the Highlanders met the Hurricanes two weeks ago... before running into King Julian's brother Ardie. MORE »

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Andre Esterhuizen and Robert du Preez both suspended for tip tackles

Young South African backs Andre Esterhuizen and Robert du Preez have both been suspended following dangerous tip-tackles during Saturday's Sharks vs Stormers Super Rugby clash. Both were yellow carded, but citings and fairly lengthy bans have followed. MORE »

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sonny Bill Williams issued warning for huge hit on Conrad Smith

Chiefs centre Sonny Bill Williams made his return to Super Rugby this weekend following a month off with a nagging back injury. He got right back into the swing of things, and made this massive crunching tackle on All Blacks teammate Conrad Smith in the first half. MORE »

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Special edition of Smashed 'Em Bro featuring Jerry Collins

There's no doubting the fact that Jerry Collins was one of the hardest hitting rugby players of the professional, or perhaps any, era. Often on the borderline of legal, and sometimes stepping over that line, Collins was the All Blacks and Hurricanes 'enforcer' for years. MORE »

Monday, June 01, 2015

Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

Melbourne Rebels prop Laurie Weeks has been banned for three weeks following a red card for multiple punches on Sharks tighthead Jannie du Plessis at the weekend. While Du Plessis struck first, Weeks' retaliation and flurry of punches is what got him sent off. MORE »

Friday, May 29, 2015

Yoann Huget's horrific looking face stamp against Bordeaux Begles

Yoann Huget could find himself in trouble after footage emerged of what appears to be the Toulouse winger stamping on Bordeaux Begles lock Jan Andre Marais' head/face. MORE »

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dylan Hartley banned for four weeks for headbutt on Jamie George

Dylan Hartley has been suspended from playing for four weeks following a RFU disciplinary hearing at the Coventry Holiday Inn on Wednesday night. The citing arose from an incident that took place in the Aviva Premiership Semi Final against Saracens last weekend. MORE »

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dylan Hartley facing potential ban after alleged headbutt against Saracens

Dylan Hartley will appear before a RFU Disciplinary panel later today, charged with striking an opponent with the head in the Aviva Premiership semi final between Northampton Saints and Saracens. If found guilty, Hartley could jeopardise his position with England. MORE »

Monday, May 25, 2015

Waratahs Will Skelton and Tolu Latu both suspended for double lifting tackle

Waratahs tight forwards Will Skelton and Tolu Latu have been suspended for two and four weeks respectively following a lifting tackle against the Crusaders on Saturday. In a repeat of last year's Super Rugby final, the Waratahs won the match 32-22. MORE »

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Reggie Goodes suspended as clean out badly injures Michael Allardice knee

Hurricanes prop Reggie Goodes has been suspended for a week for a charge into a ruck that put an end to Chiefs lock Michael Allardice's season. Goodes pleaded guilty to the offence that left Allardice with a ruptured medial ligament in his left knee. MORE »

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Damian de Allende's great form continues with big hit against the Brumbies

As far as textbook tackling technique goes, it doesn't get much more accurate than this monster hit from Stormers back Damian de Allende against the Brumbies. It's another highlight in an impressive season, so he must be firmly in the Springboks selectors sights. MORE »

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sergio Parisse harshly red carded as Brice Dulin gets tipped up in the air

Stade Francais captain Sergio Parisse was shown a straight red card by referee Jerome Garces at the weekend, a decision that stunned the skipper, and everyone watching. It was a vital game for the Paris based side, a local Top 14 derby with Racing Metro. MORE »

Friday, May 08, 2015

Gloucester's Bill Meakes banned for 2 weeks following red card for dangerous tackle

Gloucester Rugby's outside centre, Bill Meakes, was sent off against Edinburgh in last week's European Challenge Cup final for a high tackle on a player who didn't even have the ball, and has since been banned for 2 weeks. Watch the incident here and decide for yourself whether you think he deserved the card, and equally, the subsequent sanction. MORE »

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Chris Hala'ufia huge hit then red card for shoving player's head into the dirt

Hard hitting London Welsh number eight Chris Hala'ufia today faces a discplinary hearing for the straight red card he was shown when his side took on Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership recently. It was the same match in which he tackled a streaker. MORE »

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Maro Itoje's great catch and powerful don't argue on Julien Bardy

Saracens put in a brave performance against French powerhouse Clermont in the European Champions Cup semi-final. Epitomising the English club's desire was monster forward Maro Itoje, who brushed aside Clermont openside Julien Bardy whilst on a powerful surge. MORE »

Friday, April 24, 2015

Ali Williams controversially Sin Binned after colliding with Devin Toner in the air

Toulon defeated Leinster 25-20 in the second semi-final of the European Champions Cup this weekend, but they only achieved victory in extra time, and were forced to play 10 minutes of the added period with only 14 men as former All Black, Ali Williams, was yellow carded for his challenge in the air on Devin Toner. MORE »

Friday, April 24, 2015

Force scrumhalf Ian Prior red carded for ugly tip-tackle on Tim Nanai-Williams

Force scrumhalf Ian Prior received his marching orders in the first half of the round 11 Super Rugby clash with the Chiefs earlier today. Prior was shown a straight red card, so will face a disciplinary hearing, charged with Law 10.4 (j) Lifting a player from the ground. MORE »

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