Rugby Union Today: Champions Cup preview

Date published: December 6 2018

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we look ahead to Friday’s Champions Cup action where Scarlets and Edinburgh host Ulster and Newcastle respectively.

What’s on the site

European rugby returns on Friday and we have previewed those Champions Cup clashes as the Scarlets and Ulster go head-to-head, while Edinburgh and Newcastle Falcons face-off at Murrayfield.

There are also a couple of Challenge Cup encounters, where Worcester Warriors visit Pau and Grenoble host Agen in an all-French affair, and we have listed the teams.

Wasps take on Toulouse in a repeat of the 2004 final and there is a video of Rob Howley reminiscing about the dramatic late try which won the English team the game.

Finally, we have an exclusive chat with Seabelo Senatla ahead of the Cape Town leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

What’s in the news

There has been plenty of contract news around today with Richard Wigglesworth, James Grayson and Matt Cox committing to Saracens, Northampton Saints and Worcester Warriors respectively.

In the southern hemisphere, SANZAAR have rejected a bid for a Pacific Islands team in Super Rugby, while front-rower Fereti Sa’aga has agreed a deal with the Melbourne Rebels which will keep him at the franchise until 2022.

What’s on social media

A couple of good posts over the past 24 hours with Sale Sharks brilliantly doing their bit in the build-up to Christmas.

And on a lighter note, the Highlanders responded after commentator, reporter and presenter Scotty Stevenson complained about teams promoting their new jerseys.

What’s on TV

The Champions Cup returns this weekend with the double-headers, which will no doubt play a crucial role in qualification. It is live on BT Sport with Munster v Castres, Bath v Leinster, Edinburgh v Newcastle and Wasps v Toulouse looking like the standout encounters.

On Sky Sports, it is all about the World Rugby Sevens Series, which heads to Cape Town. South Africa are the defending men’s series champions but produced a disappointing performance in Dubai and will look for an improvement on home soil.