Rugby Union Today: Loose Pass and Gloucester departures

Date published: July 7 2020

Another busy day in the rugby union game as Loose Pass returned to Planet Rugby to provide its unique take on several topics in the sport.

What’s on the site

It has once again been an interesting week in rugby, both on and off the field, and Loose Pass returns to delve into a number of issues, including the two new Super Rugby competitions, AU and Aotearoa, and the problems at Leicester Tigers.

Elsewhere, Will Greenwood is not surprised that the RFU will have to cut their workforce by 25 per cent. The governing body announced on Monday that they will have to make 139 staff redundant due to the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s in the news

A bad few months for Gloucester got even worse after Stade Francais announced the signing of Cherry and Whites lock Gerbrandt Grobler. Skills coach Rory Teague, who only joined in 2019, has also departed Kingsholm, following on from Johan Ackermann and David Humphreys, who have left for pastures new.

Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere, wing Mark Telea has agreed a new contract at the Blues. The speedster has impressed this season and it continues the good news coming out of the Auckland-based outfit, who announced yesterday that Hoskins Sotutu had re-signed.

What’s on social media

With gyms closed in some countries, or at least seen as a high risk place to visit, Matt Giteau has found an inventive way of working out.

What’s on TV

Super Rugby AU continues on Friday when the Rebels host the Reds while on Saturday it’s the Waratahs against the Force. The latter game comes after Super Rugby Aotearoa’s huge clash between the Crusaders and Blues. The Hurricanes and Highlanders face off on Sunday with all of these matches live on Sky Sports.