Rugby Union Today: Boks cruise and Rising Sons

Date published: October 8 2019

Another busy day in the rugby union game as South Africa secure their place in the Rugby World Cup knockouts after comfortably beating Canada in a 10-try 66-7 victory at Kobe Misaki Stadium.

What’s on the site

The Springboks shot out the blocks as they eased past Canada in Kobe, with Cobus Reinach scoring three tries on Tuesday. We have highlights of the game plus a funny moment involving hooker Schalk Brits.

England are unlikely to risk recovering number eight Billy Vunipola in their Pool C clash with France this week in Yokohama. There’s also episode 14 of Rising Sons that focusses on props and passing practice.

What’s in the news

Australia have named Matt Toomua at fly-half for their pool meeting with Georgia at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa on Friday.

Meanwhile, Scotland boss Gregor Townsend was surprised by the refereeing in Japan’s late bonus-point win over Samoa.

What’s on social media

Rugby’s happiest player, Brits, was at it again, here thanking a ball girl with a bow.

What’s on TV

The Rugby World Cup continues where all the games will be exclusively live on ITV. It should be another thrilling week of action with the battle in Pool A the main focus.

Away from the global tournament, it is the third round of the PRO14 and all the matches are being shown on Premier Sports. Even without their international stars, there are some intriguing encounters as the Cheetahs take on Munster and Leinster face Edinburgh.

On BT Sport, the Premiership Rugby Cup has reached the final round in the group stage as Gloucester host Bath, while Sky Sports are showing the Mitre 10 Cup.