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.
Owen Farrell captained England in his 100th Test against New Zealand this weekend. Farrell has been a consistent performer and incredibly fearless competitor for years in the white jersey. A fantastic player who fully deserves his Test centurion status.
🌹 Owen Farrell
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) November 19, 2022
On that theme, Brodie Retallick became the All Blacks‘ latest centurion against England on Saturday. About as hard-working as a swimming pool in the desert, Guzzler is a true legend of the game. That is an impressive achievement for an impressive individual.
Guzzler 💯🤟 pic.twitter.com/fMHAmMbL8e
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 19, 2022
Shots fired! The tightly-contested clash between Ireland and Australia clearly didn’t impress everyone. But that’s what happens when an arm wrestle follows a rampant England comeback in the last eight minutes. At least there was some action late on in Dublin.
Whoever wins, we’re all losers for giving up our Saturday night for this #IREvAUS
— Graham Love (@glove931) November 19, 2022
This is getting ridiculous now! Yet another moment for the prop’s highlight reel. Genuinely at this stage, we’re convinced there’s absolutely nothing Tadhg Furlong cannot do. Look at the technique. It really is Furlong’s world, and we are living in it.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) November 19, 2022
Just have a look at how much it means to these stars! Georgia sealed their first win over Wales in a thrilling clash in Cardiff. A breakthrough moment for the nation that continues to claw its way further and further up rugby’s ladder! Top stuff from Georgia.
These emotions 🔥❤️ pic.twitter.com/TBiJ1JvsNA
— Georgian Rugby (@GeorgianRugby) November 19, 2022
Not much beats a jersey swap! Things you love to see. The two captains, Siya Kolisi and Michele Lamaro, trade their jerseys after the fixture between Italy and South Africa in Genoa. Community and respect are two of rugby’s greatest core values. Love it.
— BKT United Rugby Championship (URC) (@URCOfficial) November 20, 2022
The Boks’ blonde bombshell is popular all around the world, and here young Italian fans are doing their best to get their hands on the scrum-half’s shirt. Wonder if it worked out because not even Italy’s players could get their hands on his jersey during the game.
— Autumn Nations Series (@autumnnations) November 19, 2022
This is one of those videos that look so wrong but so so right! Fantastic edit on the back of Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus’s ban which takes the mickey out of the situation. The phone replacing the ball was an outstanding touch from BallCarrier.
World Rugby banning Rassie like… pic.twitter.com/l4PwVAJUee
— BallCarrier (@BallCarrier_) November 18, 2022
Possibly the only way to strike fear in the heart of a massive winger. Stuart Hogg sets up Duhan van der Merwe with a perfectly timed scare. The look of disgust on his face! Priceless from the Scottish camp as Van der Merwe seems to be an easy target for the lads.
‘Fright Night’ with leading star Duhan van der Merwe hitting cinemas near you 👻
— Vodacom United Rugby Championship (URC) (@URCOfficial_RSA) November 18, 2022
In other news, Portugal booked the final ticket to the Rugby World Cup next year after drawing with the USA. A powerful moment for the country, and just look how much it means to the players. Congratulations Portugal. See you in France in 2023.
— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) November 19, 2022
Have a go at this line-up. A selection of scrum-capping-wearing stars makes for a fascinating and highly competitive side! The Italians can certainly testify as to how difficult it is to defend Kurt-Lee Arendse and Cheslin Kolbe when they play on the same side.
We've built a scrumcap XV ⛑
Who would you slot in? pic.twitter.com/901dBjeexF
— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) November 18, 2022
Elsewhere, this is a brilliant post from prop Jamal Ford-Robinson, who is stuck on sponsor commitments whilst being injured. Have to say, Jamal certainly looks the part! Keep that one for his wedding. Proof that it’s not all training and rugby as a player.
POV: you get injured so have to do all the 💩 jobs for club sponsors pic.twitter.com/A78aNB2DKk
— Jamal Ford-Robinson (@jfordrob) November 16, 2022