Rugby Union Today: Lions opinion from Sam Warburton

Date published: April 22 2021

Another busy day in the rugby union game as Sam Warburton talks the Lions plus we preview the Super Rugby weekend.

What’s on the site

Former Wales and British & Irish Lions captain Warburton feels that lock Maro Itoje can lead the famous touring team against South Africa this year.

Staying with the Lions, Japan coach Jamie Joseph has revealed that they plan to play a warm-up game ahead of their clash with the tourists this June.

We also have team news ahead of Friday’s action as Premiership heavyweights Bristol Bears and Exeter Chiefs meet while the Rainbow Cup kicks off.

What’s in the news

Former Ireland fly-half Ronan O’Gara has been promoted to head coach at Top 14 side La Rochelle, where he will assumed the hot-seat from next season.

In Super Rugby there is our preview as well as a deal at the Brumbies, who have announced the signing of Henry Stowers for the rest of the 2021 season.

What’s on social media

How about this kick from Ben Donaldson? The Waratahs fly-half was clearly having issues with his tee so opted to just drop kick it over on a tough angle.

What’s on TV

The Premiership continues this weekend and kicks off on Friday with a massive showdown between Bristol Bears and Exeter Chiefs, live on BT Sport. There’s also the first round of the PRO14 Rainbow Cup, which begins on Friday and is shown on Premier Sports.

There is Super Rugby Aotearoa and Super Rugby AU too as they both approach their business end. The latter is streamed live on the World Rugby website.