Great rugby gaffes

We’ve gone all ‘You’ve been framed’ with this one. Whilst accepting that it is neither big, nor clever to laugh at others’ misfortune, we also think it is quite funny from time to time, as in the case of these ten bloopers.

No diving allowed

London Irish’s coaches will be stressing the need for 100% concentration on their players ahead of their Heineken Cup semi-final with Toulouse, so they might like to gather the lads round a monitor and replay this clip of Juan Leguizamon going for the showiest of swallow dives, and ending up wishing the ground would swallow him up.

Next time, get ten

We’ve all suffered the occasional ball in the face, but it’s never usually posted all over the internet before you’ve managed to clear your senses. Poor old Cory Jane of the Wellington Hurricanes had no such luck. Note his manly shrug as if to say ‘that didn’t hurt - much.’

Clement’s clanger

There are bad points during a game in which to make an absolute howler, and there is the 78th minute of the Heineken Cup final. Clement Poitrenaud probably still has nightmares about his part in Rob Howley’s try that won the cup for Wasps and made the Frenchman look a little bit daft.

Extra pepperoni with that?

If Jonny Wilkinson’s aim had been just a little bit off in those dying moments of the 2003 World Cup final, Ben Kay could well have been raking in the cash from Pizza Hut after spilling the ball with the try line begging during the first half of the game. All’s well that ends well though.

New Zealand bomb another World Cup

You take the rough with the smooth when it comes to mercurial talents like Carlos Spencer, but we’re guessing the semi-final of the 2003 World Cup wasn’t exactly the sort of occasion for Northampton’s talisman to start chucking high risk miss passes. Sterling Mortlock wasn’t grumbling, mind you.

He’s behind you…

Throughout his career no one could really accuse him of being a slouch, but Rory Underwood might just have kept his foot on the gas as he chased this bouncing ball back at Cardiff Arms Park. Perhaps then Ieuan Evans wouldn’t have picked his pocket and raced away to score, leaving the former RAF pilot looking a bit pedestrian.

Is that a ball or a bar of soap?

Brent Russell has been a revelation for Saracens this season, but the South African pocket rocket’s sublime finishing skills let him down on this occasion. He’s got it, he’s got it, oh, he’s lost it.

Third time unlucky

We all remember Bryan Habana getting embarrassed by that bloke no one had ever heard of during the World Cup as he skirted round him and disappeared into the wide blue yonder. Takudzwa Ngwenya was the name, and Biarritz hastily signed him up hoping he could reproduce that sort of magic in the Top 14. On the evidence of these three shockers in just one game, it turns out he’s not so much rough diamond as just downright rough.

How not to finish

To last year’s Super 14 and a tightly contested match between the Sharks of South Africa and New Zealand’s Crusaders. The scores are tied at 13-13, the Sharks are on the attack, their wing is clean through and, oh. Knock-on, scrum five, red ball.

Umaga ignores the golden rule

Love him or hate him, Tana Umaga was a great player, but even legends are allowed to have their off days. In this clip, the former All Blacks skipper should really have remembered those word hollered by coaches around the world at players from the day they pick up a ball. ‘Both hands! Carry it in both hands!’

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