Rugby Union Today: Build-up to Saturday

Date published: September 11 2018

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we build towards Round Four of the Rugby Championship.

What’s on the site

After losing Brodie Retallick and Ngani Laumape to injury, New Zealand have been boosted by the return of three players for their game against South Africa, who expect the battle up front to be pivotal.

Meanwhile the Australia versus Argentina game will see former Wallaby assistant coach Mario Ledesma face his ex team and Stephen Larkham has got in some early playful sledging of the Pumas coach.

In other news it looks like World Rugby are set to increase the number of teams from 20 to 24 for World Cups from 2023.

What’s in the news

Ospreys have lavished praise on Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards, who is working with the PRO14 side this season.

EPCR have unveiled the new logo for the Champions Cup, which will be sponsored by Heineken in the upcoming season.

What’s on social media

Former Dragons player Ed Jackson, who broke his neck in April 2017 and was told he might never walk again, has reached the summit of Mont Buet in Switzerland. What an incredible achievement.

What’s on TV

Once again it is a busy week with the Rugby Championship meetings between New Zealand and South Africa and Australia v Argentina televised on Sky Sports. Sky also cover four Mitre 10 Cup matches and La Rochelle v Perpignan and Stade Francais v Toulon in the Top 14 this Sunday.

BT Sport will televise three Premiership matches, starting on Friday when Gloucester host Bristol before Saturday’s Harlequins v Bath game and then Wasps against Leicester Tigers on Sunday while Premier Sport offers all seven Round Three games from the PRO14 this coming weekend.