Rugby Union's most banned XV: The notorious Bad Boys!

Rugby Union’s most banned XV: The notorious Bad Boys!


Eight weeks for “attacking the face” of Aussie hooker Brendan Cannon in 2003; three weeks for striking another Wallaby, Phil Waugh, in 2009; two matches for an illegal clear out on Adam Jones in the second Lions Test in the same year; four weeks for a similar offence on Gio Aplon in 2010; and nine weeks for a headbutt on Jimmy Cowan in 2010.


In 2007, the Irish firebrand flanker was warming up to come on as a sub for Toulouse at home to Ulster when he jumped into the crowd and attacked an Ulster fan, later alleging abuse of his mother had triggered his action. He announced his retirement but was given a life ban anyway, reduced to five years on appeal.


This one still makes me wince. Northampton flanker Clark was found guilty of intentionally hyper-extending and breaking the arm of Leicester hooker Rob Hawkins during the 2012 LV cup final. The ban was initially for 64 weeks, but was halved due to his guilty plea.

Flanker: NEIL BACK

England flanker Back was in big trouble from the moment he pushed referee Steve Lander to the ground on the final whistle of Leicester’s 1996 Pilkington Cup final defeat against Bath.

He maintained he had mistaken Lander for Bath back-rower Andy Robinson, but it didn’t wash and he was handed a six-month ban. In 2005, he picked up a four-week ban for punching Wasps’ Joe Worsley in the Zurich Grand Final.

Number 8: MARK JONES

The combative former Wales No.8 was involved in a few high-profile incidents.There was a fight with prop Stuart Evans in 1996 that saw them both sent off and him banned for four weeks.

Two years later, he was dismissed for landing a haymaker on a young Ian Gough, picking up a three-match ban. And then in 2004, at the ripe old age of 38, he was suspended for 10 games for a head butt in the Welsh Cup final.

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