Sunday Social: Champions crowned, retiring great, Julius’ revenge and VR cricket gone wrong

Dylan Coetzee
Sunday Social with former Springbok Frans Steyn.

Sunday Social with former Springbok Frans Steyn.

It is time for Planet Rugby’s Sunday Social, your quirky recap of the serious and not so serious talking points from the past week’s action.

Proper rugby family that! Jordie Barrett reached 50 caps for the All Blacks this weekend and in doing so moved his family into unchartered territory as they become the first trio of brothers to all have 50+ Test caps. Certainly some proud parents behind it all.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Cheslin Kolbe soaring through the air to score. The speedster took being a Springbok to a literal level on Saturday.

One of the legends of the game Frans Steyn retired from rugby this week. Whilst the former Springbok will be remembered for his gun barrel boot and two World Cups he will also be remembered by some teammates for his hilarious mistake as a young player in camp with the Boks! Here he recalls how he butchered a chant in a team huddle.

It was not a complete set of losses for the Springboks in New Zealand. Inspirational skipper Siya Kolisi flexes his rock, paper, scissors ability to beat Sam Cane. Huge composure from the experienced man!

Taking the mickey out of a shocking commentary effort from Sky Sport New Zealand, whose commentators frustratingly referred to every player of colour in the Springboks team as Makazole Mapimpi. Not good enough.

A team of people! Los Pumas celebrate back-to-back wins over the Wallabies for the first by singing with their fans in Sydney. Epic moments from a growing team.

Savage! Eddie Jones’ return to the Wallabies has been less than fruitful and Austin Healey dives in with this gem! Brutality at its finest.

Smooth like butter in a pan! Simply sensational from the U20 world champions, France, who showed serious quality in the final against Ireland. A top, top team.

Top play on words here. Julius gets his revenge on Cassius after all this time! A great reference to the Shakespeare classic ‘Julius Caesar’ as South Africa’s Jorenzo Julius absolutely flattened Cassius Cleaves in the World Rugby U20 Championship bronze medal match.

Pure gold from Northampton’s Sam Vesty, who takes his virtual reality cricket a bit too seriously in this one. It’s a beautiful nudge in the gap and he is off for a quick single – straight over a desk! Got to love how he is using his pants as a chest guard. Top stuff.

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