Rugby Union Today: European dates and cross-code clash

Date published: June 25 2020

Another busy day in the rugby union game as the EPCR announced the new dates for the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

What’s on the site

The quarter-finals of Europe’s top competitions will take place on the 18/19/20 September, the EPCR have confirmed. Saracens are defending their Champions Cup crown and their clash with the 2018 victors Leinster will be one of the highlights of the weekend.

Talking of the Dubliners, they have announced that 28 players have signed new deals with the province, while Joe Tomane is one of seven players to depart.

Finally, our ‘My rugby hero’ series continues with Australian great Matt Giteau, who played a crucial role in knocking England out of their home World Cup back in 2015.

What’s in the news

The All Blacks may take on the Kangaroos rugby league side in a hybrid exhibition fixture. Talks are underway about staging a 14-man cross-code clash in December and would bring a timely revenue boost following the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, the teams were announced for Saturday’s Super Rugby Aotearoa encounter with Joe Marchant set to play his final game for the Blues before going back to Harlequins. The Aucklanders will face a Highlanders outfit that show just one change from the side that beat the Chiefs.

What’s on social media

A thread of some of Keith Wood’s best kicks, who re-defined front-row play and was rewarded by claiming the inaugural IRB International Player of the Year trophy in 2001.

What’s on TV

Super Rugby Aotearoa continues on Sky Sports with the Blues v Highlanders on Saturday before Sunday sees the Crusaders meet the Chiefs.