Rugby Union Today: Looking ahead to the PRO14 final

Date published: September 11 2020

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we delve into the main talking points ahead of the PRO14 final between Leinster and Ulster.

What’s on the site

There are some big encounters in Europe this weekend, including the PRO14 final between Leinster and Ulster, and we have delved into the main issues going into the contests in ‘The short side.’

We have also previewed the big showpiece event where Ross Byrne is selected over Johnny Sexton for the Dubliners and Iain Henderson returns from injury for the Belfast-based outfit.

Elsewhere, the regular Premiership season is edging towards its denouement and there is a big weekend of action coming up as Sale Sharks face Bath and Wasps host Bristol Bears.

Finally, Video of the Week celebrates Antoine Dupont’s try for Toulouse last weekend. Les Rouge et Noir were down to 13 men when they put together a stunning move which ended in the France scrum-half touching down.

What’s in the news

Australia will host the 2020 Rugby Championship after being selected over New Zealand by SANZAAR, with their more lenient lockdown laws deciding the matter.

Continuing in the southern hemisphere and Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma has tested positive for Covid-19. A number of other players and staff have also contracted the virus, but they are currently asymptomatic and in good health.

What’s on social media

Interesting news following the announcement of the Autumn Nations Cup yesterday with streaming service Amazon Prime securing the broadcast rights to the tournament.

What’s on TV

The midweek Premiership action continues this weekend with the games televised on BT Sport. Super Rugby AU has reached its knockout stage on Sky Sports as the Reds face the Rebels for a place in the final and there is also Mitre 10 Cup action to enjoy. Finally, the big one on Saturday sees Leinster and Ulster fight it out for PRO14 glory on Premier Sports.