Rugby Union Today: Loose Pass on relegation

Date published: December 5 2018

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we bring you this week’s Loose Pass as well as build-up to the Champions Cup action. 

What’s on the site

For this week’s Loose Pass, we will mostly be concerning ourselves with relegation, money and injuries.

RFU interim CEO Nigel Melville said he is planning to talk to Warren Gatland about succeeding Eddie Jones when the England head coach’s tenure comes to an end.

Elsewhere, Bath second-row Charlie Ewels admits his team needs to be more clinical when they take on Leinster in their Champions Cup clash on Saturday.

What’s in the news

Sir Gareth Edwards says Wales can “shake the world” at the 2019 World Cup in Japan while in the club game Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter expects England hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie to stay at Sandy Park.

What’s on social media

We look back at an incredible try from Fiji’s Norman Ligairi in the 2003 World Cup.

What’s on TV

The Champions Cup returns this weekend with the double-headers, which will no doubt play a crucial role in qualification. It is live on BT Sport with Munster v Castres, Bath v Leinster, Edinburgh v Newcastle and Wasps v Toulouse looking like the standout encounters.

On Sky Sports, it is all about the World Rugby Sevens Series, which heads to Cape Town. South Africa are the defending men’s series champions but produced a disappointing performance in Dubai and will look for an improvement on home soil.