Sunday Social: Tributes to an England legend, tackle technique, King Carlos and sandwiches

Jared Wright
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. Featuring Owen Farrell, David Duckham, Carlos Spencer, Manu Tuilagi

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.

The Telegraph paid tribute to the flyer with these audacious dummies against New Zealand while playing for the Barbarians.

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’.

Meanwhile, former England captain Will Carling said that Duckham was one of his heroes.

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.

The second was an incredible try scored by the elusive Rupeni Caucaunibuca during his time with New Zealand NPC side Northland.

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.

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.

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.

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)?

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.

There was also some advice shared on how to avoid a tackle from Farrell.

And there was a compilation shared with a superb soundtrack.

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!

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.

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