Rugby Union Today: Teams named for key weekend

Date published: January 18 2019

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we bring you the team news ahead of Saturday and Sunday’s Champions Cup matches.

What’s on the site

The big games on Saturday see Munster host Exeter Chiefs while Saracens take on Glasgow Warriors in crucial pool fixtures. On Sunday Wasps take on Leinster while Toulouse host Bath in Pool 1.

Warren Gatland has revealed he has held informal discussions with the British & Irish Lions over the coaching role in 2021.

Elsewhere, England wing Ollie Thorley has given his reaction to being named in the squad in front of his friends at Gloucester.

What’s in the news

Bath have announced the signing of four players as Lewis Boyce, Christian Judge, Will Stuart and Mike Williams ink contracts.

Meanwhile, former Wales international Ryan Jones has been named the new Welsh Rugby Union performance director.

What’s on social media

England wing Jack Nowell has stirred the pot after head coach Eddie Jones suggested he may play him at flanker this year.

What’s on TV

We’ve reached the final round of the Champions Cup pool stages and BT Sport covers all the action, starting with Edinburgh versus Montpellier and Newcastle Falcons against Toulon on Friday.