Rugby Union Today: Michael Cheika discusses Israel Folau saga

Date published: May 16 2018

Another busy day in the rugby union game as Australia head coach Michael Cheika had his say on the Israel Folau controversy.

What’s on the site

Analyst Sam Larner returns to have a look at the kicking tactics employed by Cardiff Blues and Gloucester in the Challenge Cup final last weekend.

There is also a betting preview, which has the best odds from the upcoming play-off matches in the Aviva Premiership, Guinness PRO14 and Top 14.

What’s in the news

Michael Cheika, the Wallabies head coach, has finally given his opinion on the controversial Israel Folau social media posts.

On the contract front, Leinster have handed new deals to 21 players while Duncan Taylor and Juan Figallo have extended their stay at Saracens.

Finally, in the southern hemisphere, Tana Umaga will remain as the Blues’ boss despite another disappointing season for the Auckland-based franchise.

What’s on social media

With Jordan Larmour among those to have signed a new deal with Leinster, the youngster has already achieved this in his career so far:

What’s on TV

It is semi-final time in the Aviva Premiership and PRO14. BT Sport will show the former, with Saracens taking on Wasps and Exeter Chiefs hosting Newcastle Falcons, while Sky Sports will broadcast Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets and Leinster v Munster.

Sky also have all the Super Rugby action and the barrages in the Top 14 as Toulon, Lyon, Toulouse and Castres look to reach the semi-finals of the French competition.