Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Midweek Madness - Referee warms up with imaginary players

We've all heard of method acting (becoming the character), but it's safe to assume that you've probably never seen a referee prepare like this before! It happened in Stradbrook, Dublin before a match between Blackrock College RFC and Belfast Harlequins in the All Ireland League (AIL). MORE »

Tim Visser scores bizarre corner flag try in Harlequins' defeat

The weekend's Aviva Premiership action saw Exeter Chiefs narrowly defeat Harlequins 26-25 at Sandy Park, but it was the visitors who attracted the most attention in the game, courtesy of a bizarre try from Tim Visser. MORE »

Elvis Taione sends Nick Evans flying before receiving yellow card

Elvis Taione had a mixed game for Exeter Chiefs against Harlequins recently, bumping Nick Evans to the ground before receiving a yellow card for a dangerous no-arms tackle. MORE »

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Schalk Brits brilliant stepping sets up Chris Ashton try for Saracens

Chris Ashton scored twice as Premiership champions Saracens thumped Worcester Warriors 48-18 in the London Double Header at Twickenham on Saturday. Sarries scored six tries, but this one stood out due to the outstanding footwork from hooker Schalk Brits. MORE »

Nick Williams huge double fend slams Leinster's Rhys Ruddock to the floor

Leinster beat Ulster 8-3 on Friday night in Dublin, but one of the highlights of the low-scoring match was this huge double fend by former junior All Black, Nick Williams. Ireland flanker Rhys Ruddock was dominated in the collision twice, demonstrating the power of the man. MORE »

Monday, November 30, 2015

Women's Sevens player runs 80m to score then commits the ultimate sin

When a Sevens rugby player ran 80m to score a fantastic try at a tournament in Poland recently, it looked as though we'd be hailing her for her excellent acceleration, balance and eye for the tryline. Instead, Kasia Stasiecka took all the plaudits, as she came out of nowhere to ruin the party. MORE »

Eric Rush's hilarious, heartfelt eulogy to friend and teammate Jonah Lomu

Eric Rush, former New Zealand Sevens legend, delivered an outstanding eulogy to Jonah Lomu today in what was the final public memorial for the late superstar. Rush, capped 9 times by the All Blacks, was there at the very beginning of Lomu's career, as he explained. MORE »

Emotional Hakas farewell Jonah Lomu at final public memorial

Thousands attended a memorial for Jonah Lomu in Auckland, with stars past and present paying tribute to the great man with a rousing Haka, led by All Black legend Buck Shelford, and including other New Zealand greats MORE »

Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday Funnies - Billy Vunipola defuses tensions by suggesting it's time for a Kit Kat

In nine years of writing on Rugbydump it's safe to say that the term Kit Kat has never ever been used in a post. But there's a first time for everything, and thanks to Billy Vunipola's sharp comment last weekend, we now know the best thing to do when things get a bit heated. MORE »

Thom Evans to make rugby return in Dubai 7s

Former Scotland winger Thom Evans will make a return to competitive rugby, five years after sustaining a life-threatening spinal injury while on international duty against Wales. MORE »

The Jonah Lomu Smashed 'Em Bro Top 7 Special

Last week we lost a legend and while there have already been plenty of videos of the great Jonah Lomu shared online, this is another one that is worth watching, as it features some excellent footage you might not have seen yet, but will probably enjoy watching again anyway. MORE »

Conversion hits the posts an incredible four times before going over

St. Conleth's College played the quarter final of the Schools Cup in Dublin a few days ago, winning against Tullow CS. The thing that got our attention though was this unbelievable conversion that hit the posts no less than four times before going over. MORE »

Thursday, November 26, 2015

George Pisi demolishes opposite number Mark Bennett with huge hit

Northampton Saints centre George Pisi is building a reputation as being one of the hardest hitting centres in the game, and he's done it again, most recently against Glasgow Warriors in the European Champions Cup. It's probably the biggest hit of the weekend. MORE »

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Commentators unhappy after Billy Vunipola is sinbinned for 'shoulder charge'

Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola was sent to the sinbin for this alleged no-arms tackle against Ulster in the European Champions Cup. Referee Romain Poite felt that there was no use of the arms, but Vunipola and the commentary team disagreed, clearly bemused. MORE »

Bernard Le Roux shown straight red card for petulant stamp

Racing 92 flanker Bernard Le Roux was shown a straight red card for a stamp on Scarlets prop Phil John at the weekend. Today he faces a disciplinary hearing, along with Matthew Rees, who was cited for the same offence, although both incidents are decidedly different. MORE »