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It’s bank holiday Monday, so here are 39 reasons to love (or hate) rugby
It’s more than just a bunch of guys getting intimate with other guys’ thighs.
Ill-fitting jerseys.PA Images.
Pitch invaders.©INPHO/James Crombie
Commanding referees.©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Early draft of Ireland's change strip for RWC15.©INPHO/James Crombie
Paul O'Connell's kick and chase.©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan
'Any fizzy cola bottle left?'"Just lemon bonbons? Euk. No you're alright." ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Psyching out the young lads.©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
'No, it tickles. Put me down!'©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Referees receive awards for knowing the name of the game (or at least what it's not called).
ROG (possibly) singing along to the Queen CD he got for his birthday.©INPHO/Billy Stickland
ROG (presumably) not listening to The Queen.©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Wow. Jonah Hill has really let himself go.©INPHO/ Andrew Fosker
Are you sure, you've grounded the right ball, Paul?©INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Referees in the thick of the action.YouTube screen grab.
Rugby Kung Fu: Lesson one.The flying lotus as demonstrated in the UBL. ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
Rugby Kung Fu: Lesson two.The king of dead legs, as demonstated in the Pro12. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Leader of the pack.©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Peter Stringer on a trampoline... at long last.©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Rugby widows."Just hold these, love. I'll see you after the game." ©INPHO/James Crombie
Failed drop-goals.INPHO/Billy Stickland
Novel rehydration methods.©INPHO/Dan Sheridan.
Super Donncha left his blue tights in Cork.
The new tight-head.Low centre of gravity, long back,well over 120 kilos. Perfect. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy.
Man love.©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
"Just pretend you don't see the Mexican wave and it might die out."©INPHO/Billy Stickland
"Stephen, some decorum, please."©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Subtle hand-offs.Credit: IRB
Suspiciously old match-day mascot.Anything for a free ticket and the chance to hold BOD's hand. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Hurdling try-scorers.©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Under-soil heating...... and abandoned matches. ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Rob Kearney can fly.RBS Six Nations Championship, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 5/2/2012 Ireland vs Wales Ireland's Rob Kearney takes the ball in the air as he falls over Leigh Halfpenny of Wales Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan *** Local Caption ***
Rob Kearney can fall.©INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Gettin' nekked!©INPHO/Dan Sheridan.
Christophe Dominici: Try-scoring hero.Credit: BBC screen-grab.
Christophe Dominici: Showing off.
Christophe Dominici: Knees away five points.
Christine Connolly's unpopular impromptu concerts.©INPHO/Billy Stickland.
"Did you scare anyone?"©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
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