Rugby Union Today: Away wins and weekend teams

Date published: May 17 2019

Another busy day in the rugby union game as the Super Rugby round kicks off while we have team news ahead of the weekend, including the second PRO14 semi-final between Leinster and Munster.

What’s on the site

Leinster have decided to bench Johnny Sexton for the fixture at the RDS as Ross Byrne gets the nod against rivals Munster.

In the final Premiership round all eyes will be on the battle for the last remaining semi-final spot and we have the line-ups.

Earlier today there were wins for the Jaguares and Bulls, who beat the Hurricanes and Rebels respectively on their travels.

What’s in the news

Mako Vunipola is ruled out for three months by club side Saracens which is far from ideal before the World Cup in Japan.

Elsewhere, Israel Folau has been sacked by Rugby Australia, with his contract terminated after a Code of Conduct hearing.

What’s on social media

Ahead of his final game for Leicester Tigers, the club has rolled back the years with a picture of stalwart back Matt Smith.

What’s on TV

It is back to domestic duties for the European clubs, with BT Sport showing the final round of the Premiership season. The games all kick-off at the same time, meaning there are just two live matches, as Wasps face Harlequins and Exeter Chiefs host Northampton Saints.

Meanwhile, the PRO14 play-offs continue on Premier Sports as Glasgow take on Ulster and arch-rivals Leinster and Munster go head-to-head. There is also the Champions Cup qualification encounter where Ospreys and Scarlets battle for a place in Europe’s top-tier competition.

On Sky Sports, just five weeks remain of the regular Super Rugby campaign and it continues with the Chiefs visiting Auckland to play the Blues in an all-New Zealand clash on Saturday.