Rugby Union Today: Loose Pass and Rhys Priestland

Date published: January 9 2019

Another busy day in the rugby union game as Loose Pass returned to Planet Rugby to give their opinion on a variety of topics in the sport.

What’s on the site

Brexit, Worcester v Bath and the CVC investment in Premiership rugby are the three topics covered in this week’s Loose Pass after what has been another interesting few days for the sport.

Meanwhile, following the announcement that Rhys Priestland will be leaving Bath at the end of the season, there is a feature looking at who should be lining up to try and sign him.

Finally, the first Six Nations squads were named. There weren’t too many surprises in the Italy 31-man group, with David Sisi the only uncapped player, but France have handed a first call-up to Romain Ntamack and Thomas Ramos (both Toulouse), as well as South African-born Paul Willemse.

What’s in the news

Jonathan Joseph is out of contract in June and has been linked to Northampton Saints and Bristol, but Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder is hopeful of keeping the England centre.

Elsewhere, Ultan Dillane has agreed a new deal with Irish province Connacht, while Bath’s Ross Batty has been banned for three weeks after being sent-off against Worcester Warriors last weekend.

What’s on social media

There were some great responses to the picture of the England top we posted on Twitter and there were plenty which went for Jonah Lomu after his demolition of the Red Rose in the 1995 World Cup.

What’s on TV

The European Champions Cup returns on BT Sport with the channel showing all the games from Round Five. Leinster’s encounter with Toulouse is the pick but also check out Gloucester v Munster, Ulster v Racing 92 and Toulon v Edinburgh, which are crucial matches in the race for qualification.