Six Nations Rugby: Best Punch-Ups in Tournament History

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Six Nations Rugby: Best Punch-Ups in Tournament History
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Two weeks into the 2014 RBS Six Nations, it's clear this is going to be one of the most hotly contested championships in years. But with so little to separate the top teams, it looks as if some players are resorting to dirty tactics even more so than usual.

Last weekend's round of matches saw fights break out in all three games.

In Dublin, Mike Phillips of Wales threw punches after Ireland's Paddy Jackson touched down for a try. The Calcutta Cup match between Scotland and England saw an ongoing feud between the Scots' Ryan Wilson and England No. 6 Tom Wood. And France's clash with Italy in Paris produced the first double red card ever in Six Nations history.

But fisticuffs are nothing new in Europe's premier international rugby competition. Here we reveal the best punch-ups ever seen in Six Nations history. We might even stray into Five Nations territory, back when men really were men.

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