10 of the most shocking rugby tackles of all time

10 of the most shocking rugby tackles of all time

4. Leon Bott sends player to hospital with ruptured spleen

Leon Bott completely mistimed a tackle under a high ball, smashing Randwick’s David Dillon early, putting him in intensive care with a ruptured spleen.

Surgery followed, but Dillon recovered well.


3. Alesana Tuilagi again…this time on Mark Cueto


n 2005 England hosted Samoa at Twickenham in a match that produced a record score, with the visitors taking a 40-3 hiding, but the game was marred by a few ugly incidents in the second half.

With five minutes left in the game, Mark Cueto was taken out in the air with by a reckless challenge from wing Alesana Tuilagi.

Cueto confronted Tuilagi, and a mass brawl ensued, with Lewis Moody running in, unleashing a barrage of punches.

Referee Mark Lawrence had little option but to red-card both Tuilagi and Moody.

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