Rugby Union Today: England’s past, present and future

Date published: November 8 2019

Another busy day in the rugby union game as Planet Rugby features writer James While reflects on England’s World Cup campaign and takes a look at their future plans.

What’s on the site

After England’s defeat to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup Final, While reviews their overall performance in Japan, head coach Eddie Jones and the plan moving forward.

After plenty of speculation, All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams has finally confirmed he is set to join Canadian Rugby League side the Toronto Wolfpack.

The northern hemisphere domestic competitions take centre stage this weekend following the end of the World Cup and there are previews for all Saturday and Sunday’s Premiership and PRO14 games.

What’s in the news

England have confirmed that they will return to Japan for a two-Test series in July 2020.

Elsewhere, the Chiefs have rejected Steve Hansen’s criticism at them for allowing their new head coach, Warren Gatland, to take a season off to coach the British and Irish Lions.

What’s on social media

The World Cup-winning Springboks’ trophy tour reached Durban where one of that city’s favourite sons, Tendai Mtawarira, was a hit with the fans.

What’s on TV

Following the end of the Rugby World Cup, the focus switches to domestic action in Europe where the Premiership reaches Round Four on BT Sport. Their coverage duly starts with Friday’s meeting at the AJ Bell Stadium between Sale Sharks and Wasps.

Elsewhere, the PRO14 continues on Premier Sports with Round Six, which includes a couple of interesting all-Irish ties as Connacht take on Leinster and Munster go head-to-head with Ulster at Thomond Park.