Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Saracens secure draw with hard fought Chris Ashton try in extra time

In what was a thrilling match against a tough Scarlets side, Chris Ashton managed to slide across the line during extra time for his second score to help European Champions Cup holders Saracens remain undefeated in the competition. MORE »

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Francois Steyn red carded for attempting to take Johnny Sexton's head off

Montpellier flyhalf Francois Steyn was shown a straight red card for a high tackle he made on Johnny Sexton during last night's European Champions Cup match in Dublin. Referee JP Doyle conferred with touch judge Wayne Barnes and the TMO, with red being the final outcome. MORE »

Friday, January 13, 2017

FREAKY FRIDAY discount on entire range of RD Merch, TODAY ONLY

With today being Friday the 13th, we've got a discount offer for you on our entire range of Rugbydump merchandise. Get 13% OFF when you order today using discount code FRIDAY13. Get great rugby Hoodies, T-shirts, mugs and more. MORE »

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Two players singled out in French second division mass brawl

ProD2, the French second division, returned with a bang as Colomiers beat bottom of the table Bourgoin 42-5 in a one sided encounter. With Colomiers leading comfortably late on, an off-the-ball scuffle between a few players quickly escalated into a full-on mass brawl. MORE »

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Barrington cleared while Barritt gets banned after no card

Following a dangerous challenge that resulted in a nasty concussion at the weekend, Saracens duo Richard Barrington and Brad Barritt both faced disciplinary hearings in London last night. In an interesting twist, Barrington was cleared and Barritt was suspended. MORE »

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Courtney Lawes trademark hit demolishes scrumhalf Will Cliff

Courtney Lawes has made another huge tackle on a halfback, this time on Bristol's Will Cliff in their round 13 fixture at the weekend. Unfortunate Cliff got a bloody nose from the hit, and while the officials briefly considered having another look at it, they were satisfied that it was legal. MORE »

Double tackle KO of Geoff Parling leads to a red card and citings

Exeter Chiefs second rower Geoff Parling was knocked unconscious early on in the draw with Saracens, as both Brad Barritt and Richard Barrington made contact with his head in a high tackle. Both players will appear before a disciplinary hearing this evening. MORE »

Friday, January 06, 2017

Huge hit leads to try in Women's 7s tournament in Slovenia

This crunching tackle comes to us from Slovenia and a Women's 7s tournament match between RAK Olimpija Ljubljana and a visiting team from Bosnia, RK Gladiatori. A restart kick looked uneventful enough, then Kim Habjan flew in and make a very impressive big hit. MORE »

After just one season, the future of PRO Rugby in the USA is uncertain

With a second year of PRO Rugby in America still up in the air, we address a few of the issues and challenges it has faced, and take a quick look back with a video highlighting the best plays from the inaugural season. MORE »

Thursday, January 05, 2017

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

A lot has been said about World Rugby's new law directives introduced this year to curb the amount of dangerous tackles. Last week saw Bristol's Tusi Pisi controversially sent off for a challenge in the air. This week, Racing 92 fullback Brice Dulin was shown yellow for a similar incident against Toulon. MORE »

More Maro Itoje brilliance on display as he blocks a kick with his foot

Maro Itoje has produced another piece of wizardry, this time charging down a kick with his extremely large boot. Why not? Well referee JP Doyle needed to check the laws, but it turns out that the Saracens kingpin was well within his rights, and executed it perfectly. MORE »

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Midweek Madness - Referee accidentally trips flyhalf before kick at goal

Today on our social channels we shared a classic photo of a referee being accidentally tackled by Scotland scrumhalf Mike Blair, way back in 2006. With that in mind, here is a more recent clip from a few weeks back, with a referee being on the other side of it, as he comically tripped a goalkicker. MORE »

Monday, January 02, 2017

Best tries from the Top 14 - Round 15

As the Top 14 continues to roll along into the new year, we look at the best tries from round 15 of the top French division. MORE »

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Tusi Pisi sees red for in the air challenge during breakthrough Bristol win

Bristol finally picked up their first Aviva Premiership win of the season, beating relegation rivals Worcester 28-20, but had to do so with 14-men after Tusi Pisi was sent off. MORE »

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

JP Doyle shocks Jonny May with wrong colour card clanger

Jonny May's heart must have sunk as he was incorrectly shown a red card by referee JP Doyle during yesterday's Harlequins vs Gloucester Big Game 9 at Twickenham. Doyle quickly realised his mistake though, and swiftly produced the correctly coloured card, yellow. MORE »