Tri Nations - South Africa v New Zealand

We select a XV of those players you definitely wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of for one reason or another…

15.Delon Armitage

Goading opponents whilst scoring tries and other petty acts during games do little to endear Armitage to anyone.

14.Yoann Huget

Pathetic dives, and a pretty nasty looking stamp combine with petty scraps to suggest Huget is a bit of a d**k.

13.Manu Tuilagi

Never afraid of putting in a big hit, even if it’s with a fist on Chris Ashton’s face, Tuilagi definitely isn’t someone to cross.

12.Ma’a Nonu

Nonu has a talent for putting in some huge hits that are only just on the edge of the laws, and isn’t afraid to show his physicality.

11.Alesana Tuilagi

Tuilagi is renowned for his huge hit, and hasn’t exactly been afraid of making some rather questionable tackles.


10.Quade Cooper

A huge wind up merchant who has never shied away from putting in cheap shots on opponents before running away.

9.Mike Phillips

Most scrum halves are a pain in the a**e, however given Phillips size he also has the physicality to back it up.

8.Brad Thorn

One of the all time greats at playing on the very edge of the laws, and never afraid of getting a yellow.

7.Mamuka Gorgodze

The Georgian captains fights and big hits compilation could go on for hours, such is his physicality out on the field.

6.Jamie Cudmore

If there’s to be a scrap during a game, then it’s likely the Canadian is right at the centre of it, whenever possible.


5.Bakkies Botha

The Springbok lock has been one of rugby’s greatest enforcers, and has never been afraid of crossing the line.

4.Jim Hamilton

Hamilton is a master wind up merchant, and can regularly be found starting, and finishing fights at regular intervals.

3.Salesi Ma’afu

Never one to shy away from a challenge, and never afraid to throw a couple of punches, you do not want to cross Ma’afu.

2.Dylan Hartley

Swearing at referee’s, biting and head butting are just a few of the weapons in Dylan Hartley’s ba***rd armoury.

1.Joe Marler

He may have calmed down slightly these days, but Marler has never been afraid of a scrap when the occasion has demanded it.