Rugby Union Today: Scotland first to name side

Date published: March 14 2018

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we continue to build up to the weekend’s final Six Nations round and more.

What’s on the site

Scotland are the first team out the blocks in terms of naming their side and make five changes to their line-up to face Italy.

Elsewhere on the site we have former Ireland hooker Shane Byrne as our Expert Witness while our analyst Sam Larner returns to look at how France beat England.

What’s in the news

England hooker Dylan Hartley and wing Elliot Daly have been passed fit for this week’s game against Ireland, shaking off respective injuries.

However, a few eyebrows have been raised over an assistant referee for Saturday’s game at Twickenham, Marius van der Westhuizen, being at England’s training on Tuesday. Rules state though that it is not illegal.

What’s on social media

Bath have announced the signing of British & Irish Lions centre Jamie Roberts, who will arrive from Harlequins for 2018/19.

What’s on TV

The final round of the Six Nations takes place this weekend with ITV showing the opening two games, while the BBC will broadcast Wales v France.

Super Rugby once again takes centre stage on Sky Sports, but they will also have an England-Ireland double-header, with the women going head-to-head before the U20s battle it out.

On BT Sport, it is the final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup where Bath will take on Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm – the home of Gloucester – on Sunday.