Rugby Union Today: Analysis, Japan weather and a hero

Date published: September 10 2019

Another busy day in the rugby union game as our analyst Sam Larner returns to praise England’s defence while Graeme Copas looks at the weather challenges facing this year’s Rugby World Cup.

What’s on the site

Larner has been impressed with England’s defence over the World Cup warm-up games, not least against Italy last Friday.

Copas meanwhile reveals how the weather could affect the tournament in Japan, this after teams were delayed in arriving.

There’s also a new installment in our My Rugby World Cup hero series and today it is South Africa wing Chester Williams.

Away from the international scene the Super Rugby fixtures have been unveiled for 2020 and it starts earlier than normal.

What’s in the news

Former Australia captain James Horwill is set to play for Cambridge University in this year’s Varsity match against Oxford.

Wales hooker Ken Owens has received a boost after he was retained as captain of the Scarlets ahead of the 2019/20 season.

What’s on social media

As it is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay these videos get the nod as rugby players from around the world support the cause.

What’s on TV

Following the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup warm-ups, the main action on Sky Sports comes from New Zealand and the Mitre 10 Cup as Waikato go head-to-head with Hawke’s Bay on Thursday.

On BT Sport, there is the Premiership Rugby 7s, which takes place over two days at Franklin’s Gardens, but the league season in England does not begin until October, due to that tournament in Japan.