Rugby Union Today: Greatest games and Manu to depart?

Date published: July 1 2020

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we look back to the 1999 World Cup where France shocked the All Blacks in that famous semi-final, while there’s also news from Leicester Tigers.

What’s on the site

Almost 21 years ago, France secured one of the most remarkable victories in World Cup history, defeating favourites New Zealand 43-31 at Twickenham. It was a stunning display as they ripped the All Blacks apart to reach the showpiece event and we have looked back at that contest in this ‘Greatest games’ feature.

Meanwhile, Leicester Tigers have released a statement confirming that a ‘small number of players will be leaving.’ One of those is thought to be England star Manu Tuilagi, who has reportedly turned down an amended contract from the Tigers.

What’s in the news

Former Springbok hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle has been suspended for eight years after once again testing positive for doping. In January 2019, the banned anabolic steroid Zeranol was found in his system during a random out-of-competition test.

Elsewhere, Cardiff Blues have announced that they have signed Rhys Carre from Saracens. The Wales international prop left the Blues last year to sign for the English club, but he has now rejoined the region following Sarries’ relegation from the Premiership.

Finally, the teams were named for Friday’s Super Rugby AU opener. The Reds have brought talented youngster Fraser McReight into their XV, while the Waratahs have selected debutants Will Harris and Joey Walton.

What’s on social media

This is not a good look for English Premiership rugby.

What’s on TV

Super Rugby Aotearoa continues into Round Four with the Highlanders v Crusaders on Saturday before the Chiefs v Hurricanes on Sunday. There’s also Super Rugby AU live on Sky Sports that starts on Friday with the Reds v Waratahs. The Brumbies face the Rebels on Saturday.