The horrendous red card hit on Jonny Wilkinson that ended a Springboks career - Ruck

The horrendous red card hit on Jonny Wilkinson that ended a Springboks career

Back in 2002, Springbok lock Jannes Labuschagne received a straight red card for a late challenge on England star Jonny Wilkinson at Twickenham.

In total the lock earned 11 caps for the Springboks but this crazy challenge on Wilkinson was probably what ended his international career.

Reacting to the hit, one fan wrote: “This game was horrific for SA discipline. The ref warned both captains before this, and said the next incident, someone was going off. Can’t say he wasn’t warned,”

“Remember when a ref didn’t need 17 camera angles and a 5 minute conference with the TMO to recognise that a late no arms hit was illegal,” said a second.

A third wrote: “No arms. Late. Deliberate. Red card. Correct decision. If he was playing in the spirit of (the laws of) the game, he would have been attempting a charge down.”

Jannes Labuschagne:

Greatest Ever Rugby Player: Top 20

20. Sergio Parisse (Italy)

19. Johnny Sexton (Ireland)

18. Jason Leonard (England)

17. Zinzan Brooke (New Zealand)

16. Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand)

15. Lawrence Dallaglio (England)

Lawrence Dallaglio facts:

  1. Already a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours
  2. Warren Gatland has said that Dallaglio was “The best captain that I’ve ever been involved with.”
  3. He is one of a very small number of players to have won both the Rugby World Cup and Sevens World Cup
  4. Dallaglio married his long-time girlfriend, Alice, in 2005. They have two daughters, Ella and Josie, and a son, Enzo
  5. He has also received an Honorary Doctorate from Buckinghamshire New University for services to sport