Rugby | 10 months ago
Donnacha Ryan has a long way to go to break rugby's most unbelievable stat
How is this even possible?

Sure get these three lads in the Lions squad and we'll be laughing.

Earlier this season, a Jonny Gray stat was doing the rounds that impressed the hell out of us.

Gray also made 50 out 50 tackles in the Champions Cup after only three rounds. The man is clearly a machine.

Donnacha Ryan played a blinder in Munster's 32-7 win over Racing 92 in Paris. The Munster lock hit every Racing player within sight, and with everything he had.

He was initially credited with 13 successful tackles but that was upgraded to 15 after statisticians looked back on the footage.


Ryan made five successful hits after missing one in the first half of Munster's recent league win over Leinster. That puts him on 20.

He has a ways to go if he is to threaten Jonny Gray's numbers but one player is well ahead of them both.

Ospreys and Wales flanker Justin Tipuric has made 160 successful tackles in a row. The openside has 109 unblemished tackles in the current Guinness PRO12 campaign and his record stretches back to last month.

Indeed, according to Wales Online, Tipuric has gone 11 months without missing a tackle. The last time he missed his man was playing for Wales against Scotland in the 2016 Six Nations.

Ryan, Gray and Tipuric as the men to shut down the All Blacks this summer? It wouldn't be a bad shout.

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