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 »

Friday, December 23, 2016

Friday Funnies - Awkward post match chat with Conrad Smith

A quick festive funny looking back at an interview with former Hurricanes star Conrad Smith in Super Rugby, when he unfortunately was mistaken for a fellow All Black teammate. MORE »

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

David Pocock dominant in second match for Panasonic Wild Knights

As David Pocock sets his sights on a sabbatacal from competitive Rugby, he hasn't let the idea of time away slow him down as he's taken on his new role with the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan. MORE »

Monday, December 19, 2016

Connacht snatch win over Wasps after new law directive calamity

Naulia Dawai’s last-minute try secured a dramatic 20-18 victory for Connacht over Wasps in Galway on Saturday, but the circumstances that led to it have caused controversy over new World Rugby directives. MORE »

Friday, December 16, 2016

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

Without a doubt, one of the uglier incidents we've seen on a rugby field occurred recently in an Italian Serie A match between Valsugana Padova and Rugby Vicenza. A Vicenza player has been banned for 36 months for this dangerous, blind-side tackle on a female referee. MORE »

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

World Rugby have today announced that as of 3 January 2017, they will be adopting a tougher approach towards players making contact with the head. The new guidelines will fall into two clear categories, one being reckless, and the other being accidental. MORE »

The Best Tries from the 2016 end of year Autumn Internationals

As one hemisphere wraps things up for the year, the other is still very much in full flight. As we look toward an amazing 2017, here is a look back at a drama-filled Autumn series between the two that provided plenty of big hits, a couple of shocking upsets MORE »

Monday, December 12, 2016

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

Edinburgh overcame a 17 point half-time deficit to beat Stade Français 28-23 at Murrayfield on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten start to the European Challenge Cup, despite losing Phil Burleigh to a controversial red card. MORE »

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

Dylan Hartley faces yet another disciplinary sanction following his latest red card, for knocking out Leinster's Sean O'Brien with a swinging arm. Hartley could see himself banned for a large portion of the Six Nations, and might put his Lions tour in jeopardy. MORE »

Friday, December 09, 2016

Three big bumps in latest edition of Smashed Em Bro!

Smashed em Bro in New Zealand have put together three big bumps from the last week in rugby, featuring two from the Dubai 7s and one from England's win over Australia at Twickenham. MORE »