Lewis Moody gives blunt opinion on Joe Marler’s ball grab

England legend Lewis Moody gives his blunt opinion on Joe Marler after the prop was cited for grabbing Alun Wyn Jones genitals.

The clip immediately went viral on social media. Some found it hilarious, including Marler’s former England teammate James Haskell who labelled the prop “a genius” for his hijinks.

Others were shocked by what they considered assault on the field. 

Former England captain Moody has called for calm heads after Marler was cited.

“This was not an aggressive act to cause harm or an assault,” wrote Moody on Twitter.

“It was a cheeky moment between adversaries who I dare say know each other well.

” I cannot count the number of nut shots I recieved from opponents when walking through a tunnel at the end of a game.”

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The hardest men in the sports history

“Pick a definitive list of rugby’s hard men?” is one of those nice innocuous questions – the kind that comes up in the pub – that ends up stoking a raging argument that lasts for hours.

So when we started discussing it in the RUCK office it quickly became a tough thing to do.

You can rank our 15 hard men yourself on PAGE FOUR.


15. Jerry Collins (New Zealand)
A no better place to start. The All Black flanker, who tragically died in a car crash, was widely regarded as one of the most abrasive players to ever step foot on a rugby pitch.

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14. Martin Johnson (England)
Johnson had stellar success in his career, but he always played every match like a wounded beast. One of the game’s true greats.

13. Schalk Burger (South Africa)
Burger made a comeback after suffering bacterial meningitis, an operation on his spine and calf and knee problems. He cannot be stopped

12. Jamie Cudmore (Canada)
Don’t be fooled by his nickname ‘Cuddles’. The 37-year-old former Canadian logger spent a year in a juvenile detention centre when his trouble-filled youth included being a collection agent for drug dealers. A true warrior on the pitch.

11. Paul O’Connell (Ireland)
He was the totem of the Irish pack and their go-to man from the first time he pulled on a green jersey back in 2002 until the last at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Another who led by example throwing himself into the fray with scant regard for life and limb.
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