Brutal rugby hit rocks South Africa's Craven Week

Brutal rugby hit rocks South Africa’s Craven Week

The Springboks have long been regarded as the most ruthlessly physical side in world rugby, and it looks as though nothing is changing with their next generation of players.

In South Africa’s Craven Week, between various under-18 academies, there is no lessening of the brutal physicality, with this shuddering by a Blue Bulls player against the Pumas.

This was the hit:

This is a perfectly timed tackle, just as the scrum-half puts boot to ball, and he is well and truly flattened.

South African school and lower grade rugby seems to be a catalogue of seismic hits, and this is another one added to it.

In other news:

England men’s head coach Eddie Jones has named his official Rugby World Cup 2019 training squad.

35 players will assemble at The Lensbury Hotel on Sunday (7 July) for England’s first official training camp.

Premiership finalists Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Jamie George (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Spencer (Saracens), Billy Vunipola (Saracens) and Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs) return to the England setup following their off-season.

Joe Marler (Harlequins) is named after making himself available for selection. The 29 year-old prop retired from international rugby in last September having played 59 Tests for England.

Jones has included four uncapped players in the group. Gloucester Rugby’s halfback and captain Willi Heinz is joined by former England U20 forward Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints), former England Sevens player and Olympic silver medallist Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby) and Saracens’ new signing Jack Singleton.

While not named in the initial 35-man squad, George Kruis (Saracens), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) and Mako Vunipola (Saracens) will continue their rehabilitation in camp and are still considered for selection.

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