Rugby Union Today: Who’s hot and who’s not

Date published: September 24 2018

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we looked back at the week’s events and picked out the main talking points in the sport.

What’s on the site

In ‘who’s hot and who’s not,’ there were a number of topics discussed, including the surprise omission of Danny Cipriani from England’s training squad and the lenient suspension handed out to Mathieu Bastareaud.

Elsewhere, there is a quiz on the weekend’s action in the big leagues in Europe, while we also have highlights from those competitions: Premiership, PRO14 and Top 14.

What’s in the news

England have altered the squad for their training camp with Joe Marler, Nick Schonert, Ben Youngs and Manu Tuilagi all withdrawing. Exeter Chiefs prop Ben Moon and talented Leicester Tigers youngster Jordan Olowofela have been called up as replacements.

Meanwhile, with the Rugby Championship restarting this week, Argentina have been dealt a blow following the news that star wing Ramiro Moyano will miss the game against the All Blacks.

However, despite Moyano’s absence, New Zealand scrum-half TJ Perenara is still expecting a tough encounter when the teams go head-to-head in Buenos Aires.

What’s on social media

Another week, another debate over a controversial red card decision, this time from the Leinster v Edinburgh PRO14 match.

What’s on TV

It is Round Five of the Rugby Championship this weekend and both games are on Sky Sports as South Africa face Australia and Argentina host New Zealand.

The Premiership, PRO14 and Top 14 also continue and BT Sport will broadcast Newcastle v Wasps, Saracens v Bath and Leicester v Sale from England’s top-tier.

On Premier Sport, they once again have extensive coverage of the PRO14, with all seven matches being screened, while France’s main league can be found on Sky, where there also have the Currie Cup and Mitre 10.