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
Loose Pass delves into a number of issues from the past week, including the clash between Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend and fly-half Finn Russell, and the fallout from the Calcutta Cup encounter.
Meanwhile, centre Henry Slade has returned to the Red Rose squad where he will continue his rehabilitation from injury leading into the Ireland game.
Finally, we look back to 2004 in our Video of the Week and Carlos Spencer’s incredible try for the Blues against the Crusaders. The two sides are set to go head-to-head this weekend and the contest rekindles memories of that wonderful score from 16 years ago.
What’s in the news
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is relieved that they are still in the European Champions Cup after an administrative error threatened their place in the competition.
What’s on social media
The RFU’s decision to halve funding to Championship clubs – England’s second tier – has been met with widespread dismay. Many see it as a huge negative for the game in the country with a number of current internationals previously plying their trade in the competition.
– Champ clubs are developing or have plans to develop their grounds, which could now be delayed
– Championship clubs have wide ranging community programmes, which could now be reduced
– Championship is also a career path for young & older players released by Prem clubs
— Cornish Pirates (@CornishPirates1) February 12, 2020
There was a positive story to come out of England, however, and interestingly it came from Saracens, with the Londoners doing this very kind gesture.
For every Saracens try scored in Saturday's match vs Sale Sharks, £1,000 will be donated to @michaelfats' @RestartRugby fund with further fundraising also taking place.#TogetherSaracens ⚫️🔴https://t.co/Oyx8mELtvu
— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) February 12, 2020
What’s on TV
Domestic action in Europe resumes this weekend with BT Sport showing Gloucester v Exeter, Leicester v Wasps and Northampton v Bristol from the Premiership.
In the PRO14, all the games will be on Premier Sports with the standout encounter being the Scarlets’ game against Edinburgh in Llanelli.
Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere, Super Rugby continues on Sky Sports, which opens with the Blues hosting defending champions Crusaders.