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It’s an old argument about Rugby and American Football – Which is the tougher sport, where is the hitting harder, pads and protection against going commando. Here are the best rugby hits we could find to state Rugby’s case. We’ll be following up soon with the NFL’s answer.

Mathieu Bastareaud Demolishing Rory Lamont

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Stade Francais centre and also William Gallas’ cousin crushes the Scottish Full back from Toulon.

Fritz Lee Nearly Decapitates Luke Hamilton

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ITM Cup Rugby Union – Fritz Lee of Counties Manukau nearly taking Northland’s Luke Hamilton’s head off trying to stop him.

Simon Dwyer Dropping Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

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This one comes from Australia and the NRL (Rugby League), as Simon Dwyer of the West Tigers destroys Jared Waerea-Hargreaves of the Syndey Roosters. The hit was named “Best hit of the century” in the Australian press.

Unknown Guy Gets Crushed

This one comes from some U-20 league from Australia. Not a very high profile game or the best quality of video, but one of the biggest hits you’ll ever see. The comments about American Football and Rugby are also pretty funny.

Brian Lima Bringing the Pain

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Heavy Hitter Brian Lima of Samoa sending South Africa’s Derick Hougaard to take a rest on the grass for a few minutes with a clean but very hard hit during a 2003 World Cup match.

Stirling Mortlock on Tony Woodcock

One of the Wallabies greatest try scorers in recent years, Stirling Mortlock, spearing All-Blacks full back Tony Woodcock during a Super Rugby match between the Brumbies (Mortlock’s former team) and the Blues.

Jason White’s Huge Hit on Chris Wyles

Scottish Jason White from Celrmont delivers a fierce blow to American Chris Wyles.