Rugby Union Today: Backing for Michael Cheika

Adam Kyriacou

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.

In the club game Paul Grayson is back at Northampton Saints while Munster have brought in Alby Mathewson on a loan deal.

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’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.