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Richard Hibbard’s hair takes a back seat after gruesome facial injury.

“Worst Lid”

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If I was to play the game ‘word association’ and someone said ‘Richard Hibbard’ my immediate response would be… ‘Worst Lid’

My answer could be about to change after the Welsh and Dragons hooker suffered a nasty looking facial injury on the weekend when the Dragons came up against Clermont in the Challenge Cup and Hibbard suffered what can only be described as a ‘gruesome’ injury to his lip.

He shared the image of the injury on his social media accounts with the caption “Ohh how I love this game!!  🏉🏉🏉 Proper face for radio. 🤦🏼‍♂️🤦🏼‍♂️”

It’s not the first nasty facial injury that Hibbard has received. Back in February 2016 he shared the below image following a game playing for Gloucester.

Maybe Hibbard’s blonde flowing locks have detracted attention from the effects of the above nose injury but it looks to have healed pretty well and here’s hoping the lip does the same.

Former UFC Welter-Weight Champion ”Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler suffered a very similar injury in a Championship bout back in 2015.

Who wore it better? Hibbard gets our vote.

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Savea and Twitter responds to Toulon Boss comments.

Several pro’s have come out in support of Savea.

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In the strange world we live in, somehow the news that Dan Carter is returning to European Rugby was dwarfed by the comments made by Toulon Boss after his side lost to Agen.

The Toulon boss went on a tirade picking out players for public criticism in an astonishing rant that has to be seen to be believed. You can read all the comments here.

The brunt of the abuse was directed in Julian Savea’s direction.

“I am going to ask for a DNA test,” “Saveaapas not recruited but Savéapas, who had to change him on the plane. I would apologize and I would go home and when you get to that level of play, you have to apologize and leave, maybe it’s just a matter of self-esteem. Is it me who feeds my family or is it the club? “

“I told him he was released, and he was no longer welcome at Toulon! He has got a year left on his contract. He can do what he wants. A year can be long for the club but especially for the player… for me he is released,”

Savea who was talked up as one of the World’s Best Winger over the last few years due to his stunning try scoring ratio with the All Blacks (46 Tries in 54 Tests) has not enjoyed the best of starts to his Toulon career and if the Toulon Boss is serious with his comments, it’s over.

Julian Savea addressed the situation this morning via his Twitter:

Several professional players of past and present have publicly supported Savea via Twitter.

Former Toulon start Drew Mitchell was quick off the mark with his support and included the club and boss in his comments:

Well said my uce just keep on doing what you can control with that positive attitude and you will go along way.— Joe Rokocoko (@J_Rokocoko) February 18, 2019

#onwardsandupwards brother 👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽— Bryan Habana (@BryanHabana) February 18, 2019

The man dox ❤️— NGANI LAUMAPE (@NLaumape) February 18, 2019

Shot uce🔥🔥— Bundee Aki (@bundeeaki12) February 18, 2019

I doubt we’ve heard the last of this situation!

Savea wasn’t the only player targeted, you can read the rest of his comments here.

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Quade Cooper Shows Kind Side Before Season Opener

Australian international is spotted showing his good character with caring act

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With only one day to go before the Rebels face the Brumbies in their Super Rugby season opener Quade Cooper has earned some more fans following an incident in Melbourne.

Cooper, who is set to start at fly-half in his debut for the Rebels, was spotted passing by a homeless man in the streets of Melbourne, where he went on to perform a true act of kindness.

Cooper walked into the store that the man was outside and when he returned, he had some food and a drink for the man.

One of his trainers, “Coach Sunz” was on hand to film everything and spoke of his respect for Cooper’s act.

After Cooper’s kind act people where full of praise for him and will be hoping he is repaid with a strong showing alongside half-back partner Will Genia when they take to the field tomorrow.

We’re looking forward to seeing Quade back in Super Rugby action, check out this montage:

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Irish Club side’s ‘Try of the Month’ move looks familiar… 🤔

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The AIL (All Ireland League) is the Premier Club Rugby Competition in Ireland. Current Irish Stars Joey Carberry, Peter O’Mahony, Connor Murray, Jonathan Sexton amongst many others cut their teeth in the AIL before making the move into professional rugby.

Each month the IRFU runs a competition “#AILTry” to find the ‘Try of the Month’ where Clubs tweet their contenders with the hashtag #AILTry.

The latest winner came from Ballymena Rugby Club. The Ulster side are a world renown rugby club who boast Willie John McBride, Syd Millar as previous British & Irish Lions Captains. More recent Irish Internationals that dawned the black jersey include Andrew Trimble, Luke Marshall, Chris Henry, Paddy Wallace and many others. Scottish & British & Irish Lions wing, Tommy Seymour also played at the club.

Going slightly off-piste, Made In Chelsea Star ‘JP’ (Josh Patterson) also ran out for the ‘Eaton Park Boys’ before his call to the big screen.

Back to the rugby.

Back in December Ballymena were playing local rivals Ballynahinch at Eaton Park where they scored this absolute peach….

Look familiar?

We thought so too.

It looks like the ‘Men in Black’ took some inspiration from the Joe Schmidt playbook, recreating the set piece play that saw Jacob Stockdale cross the white wash to defeat the All Blacks only 2 weeks prior.

  • Off the top lineout ✅
  • 9 – 10 quick ball ✅
  • 10 to 12 on the switch ✅
  • 12 feeds back towards lineout ✅

Then Ballymena Full-Back Rodger McBurney decided to use his feet rather than follow Stockdales’ lead, beating a few defenders before releasing wing Jordan Foster who threw an ‘EA Sports Rugby 08’esque over the shoulder pass to the supporting Scrum-Half Michael Stronge who finished off a glorious set piece move and picked up €250 as reward for the ‘AIL Try of the Month’

You can check out the rest of the nominations here:

Has your team ever recreated a play seen on TV successfully? Make sure and tag us or send us your effort on social media for a chance to feature on our site!

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