Sam Underhill absolutely crunched England teammate Alex Mitchell in the Premiership final - Ruck

Sam Underhill absolutely crunched England teammate Alex Mitchell in the Premiership final

England flanker Sam Underhill delivered a powerful tackle on Alex Mitchell as the international teammates faced off in the Premiership final.

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One fan wrote: “Sam Underhill is running around and smashing like a man possessed. Melting players left, right and centre.”

A second said: “If I was a Northampton Saints player I’d be having nightmares about Sam Underhill after this game,”

Another commented: “Underhill is an absolute missile in defence – so good in the tackle.”

A fourth said: “It has been said numerous times but Sam Underhill is a great example of thumping tackle with huge impact on the game but then also being completely safe and legal. Incredible shift so far.”

Wayne Barnes demands rugby make three changes to ‘improve rugby’

Retired rugby referee Wayne Barnes has spilled the beans on what he believes are three game-changing alterations that could elevate rugby union to unprecedented heights.

Discover the three significant changes Barnes advocates for rugby union in the current landscape, aiming to enhance the game’s appeal and competitiveness.

Read his full column for The Telegraph by clicking here.

Change one: Referee reviewers must encourage the game to flow

He wrote in his column: “With the game crying out for less stoppages and for more attacking rugby, a general philosophy around allowing the game to flow should be the focus of what the selectors are feeding back to match officials.”

RUCK Judgment: Spot on – it just makes sense that referees are recognised for promoting gameplay rather than enforcing rules to the extent that the game halts more frequently than in American Football.

Referee, Wayne Barnes during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Bristol Bears and Bath Rugby at Ashton Gate on 29 Jan. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK