Sunday Social: Tributes to an England legend, tackle technique, King Carlos and sandwiches
It is time for Planet Rugby’s Sunday Social, a recap of the main talking points on social media after the past week’s rugby union news and action.
Tributes poured in this week following the news that former England and British & Irish Lions back David Duckham had died at the age of 76.
Duckham won 36 caps from 1969 to 1976, initially as a centre, before going on to make his mark as a dynamic winger.
His former club, Coventry, posted this highlights clip of his incredible ability on the pitch.
What a player, what a person.
David Duckham. #OnceCovAlwaysCov pic.twitter.com/5Yn0DFFlRI
— Coventry Rugby (@CoventryRugby) January 10, 2023
The Telegraph paid tribute to the flyer with these audacious dummies against New Zealand while playing for the Barbarians.
When David Duckham threw a dummy so convincing even the camera operator bought it!
— Telegraph Rugby (@TelegraphRugby) January 10, 2023
Former players who had the pleasure of meeting David paid tribute to him on Twitter. Former England hooker Brian Moore said that he was ‘true gent’.
RIP David Duckham – a true gent of a man and one of rugby's outstanding talents of any era.
I will miss you my friend.
— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) January 10, 2023
Meanwhile, former England captain Will Carling said that Duckham was one of his heroes.
So sad to hear the news about David Duckham. He was one of my rugby heroes, and was also a genuinely lovely man who I was lucky enough to get to know. RIP David, a legend. https://t.co/zedEdVpn7O
— Will Carling (@willcarling) January 10, 2023
Staying with former legends of the game, popular Twitter account APSM Rugby was on top form this week, sharing two clips of Super Rugby legends. The first was a compilation of ‘The King’, Carlos Spencer.
Carlos Spencer "The King" pic.twitter.com/g1da37BZ7O
— APSM Rugby Channel 🏉 (@ApsmRugby) January 10, 2023
The second was an incredible try scored by the elusive Rupeni Caucaunibuca during his time with New Zealand NPC side Northland.
Northland RU vs Taranaki pic.twitter.com/HtjMGYeqcP
— APSM Rugby Channel 🏉 (@ApsmRugby) January 12, 2023
The rugby world did receive some exciting news this week as Netflix announced that a docuseries on the 2023 Six Nations would be released next year.
SIX NATIONS (2024)
That’s right – rugby’s getting in on the act! We’ll follow all six teams through one of the most iconic and hard-fought competitions in the sport. Six Nations (working title) will feature the upcoming 2023 tournament, and will launch in 2024. @SixNationsRugby pic.twitter.com/RyWEjiYiJp
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) January 12, 2023
We have all had that one coach that would not take a day off of training due to the weather, but there was no chance of any rugby taking place at Mike Cooper’s local this week.
I’m no Nostradamus, but I don’t THINK that there will be much rugby played down my local this weekend. pic.twitter.com/R3JglTJG4w
— Mike Cooper (RuckedOver) (@RuckedOver) January 13, 2023
One for the future. Japan look to have a serious kicking talent rising through the ranks with 17-year-old starlet Tatsuki Inoue. From 50:22s to massive clearance kicks to place kicks and drop goals, he can do it all.
This 17 year old's kicking skills are unreal – Tatsuki Inoue, remember the name. https://t.co/ZeSQL5TZET
— Andrew Forde (@andrewfrugby) January 12, 2023
Glasgow Warriors have been in red-hot form on the pitch, and before they strapped up to face Perpignan in the Challenge Cup, they sought to answer one important question: Wraps or Sandwiches (or bagels)?
A very important question to ask…Wraps or Sandwiches (or bagels) 🌯🥪🥯 pic.twitter.com/aMcf9UfCs6
— Glasgow Warriors (@GlasgowWarriors) January 13, 2023
Owen Farrell was a hot topic on the socials this week following his suspension for his tackle on Jack Clement. The England and Saracens fly-half will complete the World Rugby Coaching Intervention program to have a week knocked off his suspension, with the program now dubbed ‘tackle school’. The memes did not disappoint.
Wishing Owen Farrell the best of luck at tackle school pic.twitter.com/pOgDeGPNQT
— Graham Love (@glove931) January 11, 2023
There was also some advice shared on how to avoid a tackle from Farrell.
Well played George, well played. 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/kz6F98A7rE
— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) January 13, 2023
And there was a compilation shared with a superb soundtrack.
I have heard a lot of people saying Owen Farrell is "NOT a serial offender"
So here is a video of his tackle "Technique" with the appropriate soundtrack. pic.twitter.com/0O4BXJ1dq0
— Angus (@AnalystGus) January 14, 2023
Staying with the England internationals, Manu Tuilagi learnt the hard way that heavyweight Toulouse lock Emmanuel Meafou is not an easy man to bring to the ground!
😤 Emmanuel Meafou makes Manu Tuilagi eat dirt.#HeinekenChampionsCup pic.twitter.com/xoGVllccPj
— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) January 14, 2023
On a far lighter point, ‘She said yes!’
Calls for celebration at Munster as not only did their women’s team defeat Leinster 26-17 in an Inter-pro derby but players Clodagh O’Halloran and Chloe Pearse got engaged.
So there was some extra special scenes here in Musgrave Park as Clodagh O’Halloran proposed to Chloe Pearse! 🎉💍
She said yes!
Congratulations Clodagh and Chloe! #SUAF 🔴 pic.twitter.com/dKkjoJ8sMQ
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) January 14, 2023
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