Rugby Union Today: Champions Cup worry and Covid warning

Date published: January 8 2021

Another busy day in the rugby union game as the Champions Cup is in doubt plus there’s a Covid warning from the RFU.

What’s on the site

This season’s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup could be suspended after the French government raised concerns over the new strain of Covid-19.

Persistent breaches of the minimum operating standards for coronavirus guidelines will face disciplinary action from the Rugby Football Union.

Elsewhere, we also bring you all of the team news for Saturday and Sunday’s Premiership action and the PRO14 fixtures taking place on Saturday.

What’s in the news

Wasps have announced the signing of 22-year-old Georgian international second-row Lasha Jaiani, who will join the club with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Ulster pivot Billy Burns is relishing facing one of Ireland’s best ever players in Johnny Sexton when they take on Leinster on Friday.

What’s on social media

Waratahs fly-half Will Harrison managed to win himself 10 dollars at training from team-mate Jack Whetton after nailing this impressive drop-goal.

What’s on TV

It is the final round of domestic action in Europe before the Champions Cup resumes. The Premiership kicks off on Friday as Bath face Wasps and Sale Sharks take on Worcester Warriors on BT Sport.

Premier Sports has all the PRO14 action and it is once again a derby weekend, with the top of the table clash between Leinster and Ulster the standout fixture.

Meanwhile, it is the final round of the Currie Cup and it will be shown on Sky Sports. They will only broadcast Griquas v Free State Cheetahs, however, with Western Province v Sharks cancelled due to Covid-19.