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Top 20: Rugby Unions most suspended bad boys

Rugby Union has seen many players best known for their silky skills and brave tackles, but plenty of others are notorious for different reasons.

Therefore, today we are counting down the top 20 rugby bad boys.

Over the years, punishments have been handed out for all kinds of offences, from gouging, to biting, to kicking, to drug taking and even old fashioned punching.

A lot of the information for this piece was taken from Simon Thomas’ fantastic piece for Wales Online.

Here we go:


20. Bakkies Botha – 26 weeks total
Toulon’s Bakkies Botha is a giant of South African rugby and boasts a rugby CV that includes Rugby World Cup, Tri-Nations, Super Rugby and Currie Cup success.

A second-row enforcer, Botha made his senior bow against France in 2002 and went on to cement his place in the Springboks’ ranks and form what was arguably the strongest second row partnership in world rugby alongside Victor Matfield.

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However, at the same time he certainly totted up the bans. 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.


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