RU Today: Loose Pass and Barbarians pick Sarries trio

Date published: October 13 2020

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we publish Loose Pass plus there’s news on the Barbarians selecting the Saracens trio of Jackson Wray, Richard Wigglesworth and Manu Vunipola for their next match.

What’s on the site

Following an action-packed weekend, Loose Pass is here to discuss the fortunes of Dave Rennie and Ian Foster, the drama surrounding Sale’s Premiership game against Worcester and Jonny Hill’s clear out of Taulupe Faletau.

We also cover the Baa-baas calling up Wray, Wigglesworth and Vunipola for the Quilter Cup game against England at Twickenham later this month.

Elsewhere, there is an update from Wasps on the fitness of All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa, who injured his groin in his team’s Premiership semi-final win over Bristol Bears.

What’s in the news

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan has hit out at his counterparts in New Zealand and claimed vindication following the Wallabies’ 16-16 Bledisloe Cup draw with the All Blacks in Wellington on Sunday.

Italy’s Gloucester scrum-half Stephen Varney has returned a positive test for Covid-19 ahead of the Azzurri’s upcoming Six Nations Tests against Ireland and England.

What’s on social media

Harlequins have unveiled their new away kit for the 2020/21 Premiership season.

What’s on TV

Five months after it was initially scheduled, the European finals will take place this weekend. The big game sees Exeter Chiefs face Racing 92 at Ashton Gate in the Champions Cup final on BT Sport, while the channel will also broadcast the Challenge Cup showpiece event. On Sunday, the second Bledisloe Cup encounter takes place on Sky Sports as the All Blacks host Australia at Eden Park. Sky also have all the domestic action from New Zealand and South Africa.