Rugby Union Today: Analysis and My Rugby World Cup hero

Date published: June 11 2019

Another busy day in the rugby union game as our analyst Sam Larner returns to study the ongoing World Rugby U20 Championship while we also debut our new series, My Rugby World Cup hero.

What’s on the site

Larner has picked out three youngsters who have caught the eye in the U20 tournament; Ignacio Mendy (Argentina), Isaac Lucas (Australia) and Epeli Momo (Fiji) as he brilliantly analyses how they have performed.

We also publish our first My Rugby World Cup hero feature and kick things off with New Zealand wing Jonah Lomu in 1995.

In Super Rugby there is a likely return to action for star Highlanders full-back Ben Smith but Hurricanes wing Nehe Milner-Skudder is set for an extended spell out after he underwent another shoulder operation.

What’s in the news

One of London Irish’s sponsors, Diageo, will meet with the club over concerns regarding the arrival of fly-half Paddy Jackson.

Zach Kibirige is on his way to Wasps ahead of 2019/20 after completing a switch from recently relegated Newcastle Falcons.

What’s on social media

Connacht back Darragh Leader posted a fantastic picture on Twitter and we couldn’t help but put it to the caption challenge.

What’s on TV

The Top 14 concludes this weekend when Toulouse and Clermont Auvergne, who finished in the top-two during the regular season, go head-to-head on Sky Sports in what should be a thrilling final in Paris.

That channel also broadcasts all the Super Rugby action as the competition reaches the final round. The Conference winners have been decided but it is very tight in the race for the other play-off positions.

Finally, the World Rugby U20 Championship continues on Wednesday and the action is live with World Rugby, who show the matches on their YouTube page.