From Life magazine's "Best image covering the world of sports"
Stuart MacFarlane - photographer, Sports Illustrated - Oct. 11, 1999
It looks like a textbook bowling grip, but the game depicted here is rugby and the "ball" is the head of Welsh hooker Garin Jenkins. Captured by Stuart MacFarlane during a Rugby World Cup match between Wales and Argentina in Cardiff last October, the image of rough and ready rugby hasn't gotten as much exposure in America since the 1963 film This Sporting Life.
When a throw-in resulted in this collision - and an extracurricular massage by Argentine forward Roberto Grau - MarFarlane's lens caught what the referees did not. Such behavior is not unusual for rugby, says MacFarlane, 33, who has worked for the British photo agency Colorsport for 12 years, "but is rare that anyone gets a photo of it." The gouging Grau was not penalized and Jenkins got up, rubbed his eye and continued playing for the Welsh team, which went on to win the game but lose the World Cup.
Jenkins has since acquired a new nickname: "Tenpin."