Rugby Union Today: Stag in trouble and Loose Pass

Date published: May 1 2018

Another busy day in the rugby union game as there’s yet more bad press in Australia, with Nick Phipps fined for urinating on a bar.

What’s on the site

That Phipps stag do incident is covered while it’s also confirmed that English official Wayne Barnes will referee the Champions Cup Final.

Elsewhere we have Loose Pass covering uncontested mauls, Mike Tindall’s nose, the women’s game and England’s tour to South Africa.

What’s in the news

The retirements keep coming and today it’s in the Women’s game that it’s happened, as England full-back Danielle Waterman calls time.

Meanwhile, the World Rugby Executive Committee has approved a request by Rugby Australia for a temporary closed laws trial for matches involving the Western Force this year. Read about those laws here.

What’s on social media

Former All Blacks scrum-half Piri Weepu has got himself a new show…

What’s on TV

It is the final weekend of the regular Premiership season and, although the play-offs have already been decided, Champions Cup qualification is still in the balance. BT Sport will therefore show Sale Sharks’ clash against Leicester Tigers on Saturday where four points separates the seventh and fifth placed sides.

On Sky Sports, they have all six Super Rugby matches with the Hurricanes’ encounter against the Lions the standout match.