Rugby Union Today: Hot and Not and London Irish preview

Date published: August 10 2020

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we publish Who’s hot and who’s not and our next team preview ahead of the Premiership restart, which focusses on London Irish.

What’s on the site

Hot and not praises Alex Grove and the Crusaders among others but is critical of the Chiefs and the situation England’s Sevens players have been left in.

James While returns to look over the state of another English club, with London Irish next under the microscope as they look to finish this season well.

Elsewhere, Rugby Australia have laid out their plans from 2021 onwards as they look to lock up a TV deal. There’s some interesting ideas in the proposal.

What’s in the news

Exeter Rugby Club chairman and chief executive Tony Rowe OBE has issued a stark warning that clubs may go bust if fans remain absent from games.

Meanwhile, Bristol Bears have moved to bring in injury cover for scrum-half Chris Cook as former Northampton Saints back Tom Kessell joins them.

What’s on social media

It’s former Wasps, England and British & Irish Lions number eight Lawrence Dallaglio’s 48th birthday today. England Rugby have posted a tribute video.

What’s on TV

The Premiership joins Super Rugby AU and Aotearoa on the schedule this week. The action kicks off in Australia with the Force v Waratahs (live on Sky Sports) while in England Harlequins host Sale Sharks. BT Sport will televise all remaining Premiership games.