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.
Oh no, Joe… The blunder of the week for sure as USA President Joe Biden completely butchers his statement referring to the All Blacks as the ‘Black and Tans’ which, as it turns out, was an Irish military unit from the 1920s.
Joe Biden, talking about his distant cousin Rob Kearney being in an Irish rugby team that beat the All Blacks, just said they “beat the hell out of the Black and Tans”.
Irish Twitter is going to have a field day. pic.twitter.com/QOohYaJ9TY
— Barry Malone (@malonebarry) April 12, 2023
Paul O’Connell seems to be doing well in retirement! A serious double take is needed for this one as Biden’s security staff looks to have an Irish rugby legend in suit and tie!
Great to see President Biden has hired Paul O’Connell to his secret service 😂 pic.twitter.com/NtK59JFMYY
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) April 12, 2023
Leinster’s admin seeing something literally no one else can see. No crowd and no atmosphere. The poor attendance at Ellis Park continues to be an issue. Genuinely speaking it needs to be addressed as it is not a good advert for the game.
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) April 15, 2023
It is Leinster’s world and we are just living in it. The Irish giants confirmed the signing of Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber following the World Cup. The province is not impressive just by chance, it is simply incredibly well run.
A week at Leinster:
Monday – Potential home final bemoaned through mental gymnastics
Midweek – James Ryan, James Lowe, Ronan Kelleher re-sign
Friday – Prodigy Sam Prendergast named to start at 10
Saturday – Nienaber announced as new coach
They’re trying to break rugby Twitter
— CaolanSRugby (@CaolanSRugby00) April 15, 2023
He has absolutely ripped that! That’s a full on switcheroo right there! The Dragons scrum-half Rhodri Williams took on the lineout throwing with Elliot Dee in the sin-bin. Just how far has that ball gone! Excellent stuff.
Loved this from the Dragons pic.twitter.com/GiX8wHNHZx
— EK Rugby Analysis (@ek_rugby) April 14, 2023
Oh no, Joe… This time for Marchant who showed some impressive skill to miss that kick from straight out in front as he says goodbye to the Stoop. In fairness, it makes for a much better story.
— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) April 15, 2023
In this week’s edition of ‘that aged poorly’ is this savage sign in Cape Town referring to their big loss to the Sharks a fortnight ago? This must have been pre-game because that sign surely had to be in the bin after the Irish side downed the Stormers.
— EK Rugby Analysis (@ek_rugby) April 15, 2023
It was Munster’s night in Cape Town and a decent contingent of supporters travelled all the way from Ireland to sing in the stands and be there for the side. Impressive from the fans with the last laugh going to the Munstermen this time round.
Everywhere we go 😍😍😍
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) April 15, 2023
Serious throwback as the master and founder of the goose step, David Campese, who showcased the move in his prime. No doubt the media personality, the Rugby Guy, would have given him a low rating for not having enough head movement.
1996 David Campese and his famous "goose-step"
Auckland vs New South Wales S12 Rugby pic.twitter.com/HlkOfPinuf
— APSM Rugby Channel 🏉 (@ApsmRugby) April 15, 2023
Typically a villain but this week a hero. Lovely stuff from Nic White who gave Peni Matawalu some tips after their clash in Super Rugby Pacific.
Amazing that the cameras caught this. Peer to peer coaching is still the most important and impactful form of coaching. You should all be encouraging your players to do this post game. Nic White passing on some advice 👇 pic.twitter.com/UDfYC8vl0f
— Andrew Brownhill (@AndrewBrownhil) April 14, 2023
Wait, what? There is so much to break down. White audaciously throws it through his legs and is that the Honey Badger? No, it is just Ben O’Donnell on the way to a hat-trick. Chaotically brilliant from the Brumbies.
O’Donnell has his hat-trick! 🙌
— Stan Sport Rugby (@StanSportRugby) April 14, 2023