Rugby Union Today: Analysis and Rugby Champ team news

Date published: September 13 2018

Another busy day in the rugby union game as the four Rugby Championship teams named their XVs for the upcoming Round Four encounters.

What’s on the site

Analyst Sam Larner returned to Planet Rugby to take a look at Exeter Chiefs’ outstanding start to the new Premiership season and how they are proving to be so effective.

Continuing in England’s top-tier, there is a preview of Friday’s game between Gloucester and Bristol, while we also look ahead to the PRO14 action.

In the Rugby Championship, we have given a rundown of the best odds for the two games on Saturday in our betting preview.

What’s in the news

It is all about the Rugby Championship as the four sides named their teams for the games this weekend. New Zealand and South Africa have made several alterations for their clash, while Australia have brought the fit-again Israel Folau and David Pocock into the team to face Argentina.

For Los Pumas, their changes come in the front-row with Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro and Santiago Medrano being included in the XV.

Remaining in the southern hemisphere and Ma’a Nonu has made a surprise return to the Blues with the former All Blacks centre set to feature for the Auckland outfit in the 2019 Super Rugby season.

In Australia, Marika Koroibete has agreed a new deal at the Rebels while JP Smith has signed a contract at the Reds to remain in Queensland for another two years.

What’s on social media

Luck or great judgement after this off-load in the Sevens?

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.