The game we all know and love is packed with entertainment, whether it's unreal displays of skill, exhilarating pace, or simply the sportsmanship and respect displayed by players, fans, and officials alike.
However, the one aspect that gets the biggest reactions from crowds is when one man puts in a big shot on another. Fortunately for us, the Premiership is packed with big hitters, and below are a list of some of the best.
Standing at 6’1 and weighing in at 116kgs, this young Leicester Tigers prop is an amazing talent who certainly delivers on the physical side of the game.
In his Twitter biography, Ellis claims that he’s, “like the M5…2 hard shoulders.” I imagine there are few who would argue that. Genge has already been described as a ‘Baby Rhino’ this season, and I know I’m not the only one who can’t wait to see what Genge will bring to the table next. Keep the big tackles coming, lad!
It’s no secret that Lawes likes to ‘mash em up,’ and put on a show for the crowd. He's a force to be reckoned with in the Premiership and has put in some tackles that live long in the memory, such as his insane shot on poor Charlie Hodgson (fair play he got up and walked away) back in 2014, or the flattening of Jules Plisson in the 6 Nations (video below). He’s a great player to watch with winning a combination of pure ferocity and acute skill.
This legend of the game is currently playing at London Irish and has played a significant role in his country’s (Samoa) success over the past years. Getting hit by this guy can be likened to that of a London bus; you don’t just get up and walk away unscathed. He’s been doing it for years and I’m guessing he’ll continue to do so. Let's throwback to the video below; safe to say George Ford will certainly know this guy!
Born across the pond in Ohio in 1996, this young lad currently plays for Bath at flanker. He’s already made his mark on the Premiership, yapping at the heels of Eddie Jones to cement a place in the England squad after a fairly successful tour to Argentina. He’s certainly on Jones’ radar, and his physicality and aggression on the field will certainly be an attractive trait for Jones to have in his armoury.
Honourable Mentions (we just can’t leave them out!)
- Zach Mercer - Bath
- Francois Louw - Bath
- James Haskell - Wasps
- Kyle Sinkler - Harlequins
We're very lucky to be able to spectate the level of Rugby the Premiership offers, whether we're watching jaw-dropping skill, a filthy side-step, a big hit or beautiful phase play and teamwork. However, there really is nothing like a ferocious collision to get the crowd going!