Sonny Bill Williams became the first All Blacks player since the legendary Colin Meads way back in 1967 to be sent off in a Test match, before copping a four-match ban that will rule him out of the decider against the British and Irish Lions.
Meanwhile, Kiwi front-row enforcer Richard Loe is still peeling bits of Wallabies winger Paul Carozza’s face off his forearm for a notorious hit 25 years ago that went unpunished.
The fearsome Canterbury and Waikato prop played 49 Tests and 29 tour matches for the All Blacks from 1986-95, but his career will always be clouded by a litany of illegal assaults that were brutal even by the standards of the day.
Loe entered trans-Tasman rugby infamy during the 1992 Bledisloe Cup series when he dropped a late forearm on Carozza after the diminutive Wallabies winger had scored one of his two tries in Australia’s series-sealing second Test win in Brisbane.
Lack of camera angles at the time prevented a clear shot of what actually went on, but the evidence is all over Carozza blood-splattered face and badly broken nose. Farcically, Loe was allowed to take his place in the New Zealand front-row in the following week’s Test.
Check out more of Loe’s handiwork in this compilation – including his sickening eye-gouge on Otago fullback and former All Blacks teammate Greg Cooper in the 1993 NPC final.
Unsurprisingly, Loe ousted Quade Cooper, Butch James and Bakkies Botha to top the Rugby HQ team’s Top 5 Villains – and this clip provides clearer vision of the Carozza incident.