Rugby Union Today: Weekend previews

Date published: October 12 2018

Another busy day in the rugby union game as the line-ups are announced for the Champions Cup games on Saturday and Sunday.

What’s on the site

There are five matches on Saturday and four on Sunday as Round One of the Champions Cup continues over this weekend. We also have the teams for the Challenge Cup and a pre-tournament quiz.

Elsewhere it is bad news for Joe Launchbury and Dan Robson who miss 12 weeks while Nemani Nadolo is out for four months.

What’s in the news

Wasps number eight Nathan Hughes’ disciplinary hearing will reconvene next Wednesday after it was postponed on Wednesday.

Ahead of the new Champions Cup, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall backs his players to be motivated after last season.

What’s on social media

Former Scotland international Doddie Weir has set the scene perfectly ahead of the European action with this video preview.

What’s on TV

Following the end of the Rugby Championship, all attention turns to Europe and the start of the Champions Cup. It begins with title holders Leinster hosting Wasps and it will be shown on BT Sport, who have exclusive rights this season.

On Sky Sports, the Currie Cup and Mitre 10 Cup competition continues with Southland and Auckland kicking off proceedings on Wednesday.