Rugby Union Today: Deal extensions and new arrivals

Date published: July 8 2020

Another busy day in the rugby union game as there’s new contracts aplenty, notably at Leicester Tigers, as they continue to announce deals.

What’s on the site

George Ford, Ben Youngs, Ellis Genge and Jaco Taute have been added to the long list of players inking contract extensions at Tigers ahead of next season.

Elsewhere, there’s two new arrivals at Connacht as they announced the signings of Australia Sevens star Ben O’Donnell and New Zealander Abraham Papali’i.

Away from the club scene former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw feels his side are capable of lifting the Six Nations trophy within the next two or three years.

What’s in the news

Saracens continue to nail down their squad ahead of next season in the Championship as they reveal that fly-half Manu Vunipola is staying until at least 2023.

Off the field, Exeter Chiefs fans are at odds over the club’s Native American branding, with one group petitioning the Premiership outfit to “stop its racist use”.

What’s on social media

We have wished former Wales and British and Irish Lions legend Neil Jenkins a very happy birthday. The 1997 Lions touring hero turns 49 years of age today.

What’s on TV

Super Rugby AU continues on Friday when the Rebels host the Reds while on Saturday it’s the Waratahs against the Force. The latter game comes after Super Rugby Aotearoa’s huge clash between the Crusaders and Blues. The Hurricanes and Highlanders face off on Sunday with all of these matches live on Sky Sports.