The “Boomfah” Top 5:
Justin Marshall’s annoyingly cheesy catchphrase “Boomfah” is one he pulls out every time there is a big collision. Many Kiwi viewers of Super Rugby and International footy have become so used to this phrase that many find themselves shouting it out even before Marshall does. The Boomfah top five comprises of the top five big hitters to look out for at RWC 2015.
1. Samu Manoa (USA): This bloke is a giant of a man and he can snap players in half without too much effort. The Toulon bound Manoa has put out a highlights package of big hits in the past and look out for more as he looks to stamp his mark on the big stage.
2. Motu Matu’u (Samoa): Built like a brick the Hurricanes and Samoa hooker will come to England on the back of some massive hits. Having no respect for his body Motu’u tries to launch into his opposition every chance he gets. Ask Matt Hodgson from the Western Force. This guy was flattened by Motu’u before he barely even caught the ball.
3. Schalk Burger (South Africa): One of the veterans of the Springboks forward pack Schalk Burger, despite his age, is still renowned as one of the hardest hitting players running around. His massive rib tickler on Fourie du Preez is just one example of his famous exploits.
4. Jacques Burger (Namibia): The Namibian flanker punches well above his weight. This guy was one of the best forwards at RWC 2011 purely because of his fearless attitude on defence. The battle scars are shown all over his face and expect the 32 year old to add more of those when he lines up his next opponent in a few weeks.
5. Jerome Kaino (New Zealand): One of the big factors in New Zealand’s surge at Rugby World Cup 2011. Everyone remembers when he lifted up Digby Ioane during the semi final and stopped an almost certain try. This type of defence combined with the bone crunches that we all know he can pull out will be key to New Zealand’s title hopes once again.