RU Today: Saints re-signings and Sevens titles dished out

Date published: June 30 2020

Another busy day in the rugby union game as Northampton Saints announce 19 contract extensions while there’s huge news from the World Rugby Sevens Series.

What’s on the site

Courtney Lawes, Dan Biggar and Rory Hutchinson are among the players to have re-signed at Franklin’s Gardens in a major boost for the Premiership club.

That news came after World Rugby confirmed that this season’s men’s and women’s Sevens Series have been cancelled, with New Zealand named champions.

Elsewhere, the Crusaders will be without promising flanker Cullen Grace due to surgery while Blues back Dan Carter will be playing club rugby this weekend.

What’s in the news

Saracens continue to rebuild ahead of their upcoming campaign in the Championship and have announced the signing of Jersey tighthead prop Alec Clarey.

Worcester Warriors are also looking ahead to 2020/21 and have given promising fly-half Billy Searle a contract extension that keeps him at the club until 2023.

What’s on social media

What a game this was in 2001? It’s 19 years to the day that Jason Robinson and Brian O’Driscoll scored these memorable tries for the Lions against Australia.

What’s on TV

Super Rugby Aotearoa continues into Round Four with the Highlanders v Crusaders on Saturday before the Chiefs v Hurricanes on Sunday. There’s also Super Rugby AU live on Sky Sports that starts on Friday with the Reds v Waratahs. The Brumbies face the Rebels on Saturday.