Rugby Union Today: Loose Pass and Lancaster’s boost

Date published: August 4 2020

Another busy day in the rugby union game as Loose Pass leads with the Quinten Strange call from last weekend’s Chiefs versus Crusaders match and there’s also positive news for Stuart Lancaster regarding a possible position with the Lions.

What’s on the site

Loose Pass is here and has an interesting view on the decision that saw the Crusaders pull clear in Hamilton and also writes about Russia’s 2027 bid.

There’s that boost for Lancaster as British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland reveals he has spoken with the Leinster coach ahead of next year.

Elsewhere, Harlequins flanker James Chisholm is relishing the busy upcoming schedule as rugby union’s return in Europe closes in, while Northampton back-row Tom Wood is recovering from a pulmonary embolism. He could feature before the season’s end.

What’s in the news

Newcastle Falcons have announced the signing of Italy international second-row Marco Fuser, who joins them on a two-year contract from Benetton.

There is also a new arrival at Leicester Tigers as prop Ryan Bower inks a deal to return to the Premiership club. He arrives from Worcester Warriors.

What’s on social media

This tweet from the Metro Newspaper about former England international prop Phil Vickery hasn’t gone down very well with the keyboard warriors…

What’s on TV

Super Rugby AU and Aotearoa continue from Friday with the Rebels v Brumbies. On Saturday we have the Hurricanes v Chiefs before the Waratahs take on the Reds and on Sunday it’s the Crusaders v Highlanders finishing things off. It’s all live on Sky Sports.