Another busy day in the rugby union game as we bring you the news from around the international and club scene.
What’s on the site
Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle has thrown her support behind Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, declaring his job safe. Meanwhile TJ Perenara hails Beauden Barrett while we also have a quiz.
What’s in the news
Bulls head coach John Mitchell is closing in on becoming England’s new defence coach, subject to a compensation agreement between the Rugby Football Union and the team from South Africa.
Scarlets have been dealt a double blow ahead of their PRO14 opener after Leigh Halfpenny and Samson Lee suffered injuries.
What’s on social media
The Premiership season is fast approaching. Only three days to go…
?? What we’re looking ahead to this weekend.
— Premiership Rugby (@premrugby) August 27, 2018
What’s on TV
With the Rugby Championship taking a break this weekend, all focus shifts to the northern hemisphere and the start of the Premiership and PRO14 seasons.
BT Sport will broadcast four matches from England’s top-tier with Bristol v Bath, Gloucester v Northampton, Exeter v Leicester and Newcastle v Saracens being shown.
Meanwhile, the PRO14 will make its debut on Premier Sports and they will televise all seven encounters from the opening round.
On Sky Sports, they have plenty of Top 14, Mitre 10 and Currie Cup action, with Sunday’s encounter between Racing 92 and Clermont Auvergne the highlight.