Given that there's not much rugby to get excited about this weekend, here's something a bit different. The Herald yesterday had its list of the ten biggest rugby thugs of all time. Topping the list was French prop of the late 70's, Gerard Cholley. Cholley was, from recollection, a madman, but whether he deserved the #1 ranking is highly subjective.
So let's have a bit of fun today. Feel free to comment on the Herald's list, and suggest your own candidates for inclusion, given that the list only has one per country. Or feel free (again) to list individual cases of thuggery that you may have witnessed through the years.
We'll start the ball rolling. Mark "Cowboy" Shaw was a hard, hard man, but a flippin' good flanker. But he didn't suffer fools gladly, as Australian lock Ian Williams will attest. Williams nursed a broken jaw after a right cross from Shaw in the second Bledisloe Cup test in 1980. Of course, those were the days before citings and endless TV replays, and Shaw escaped any on-field or post-match punishment. It did however give him a reputation of a bloke to stay on the right side of!