Rugby Union Today: Predictions and RWC pool referees

Date published: July 19 2019

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we build towards tomorrow’s Rugby Championship openers while the match officials for 2019’s Rugby World Cup pool fixtures have been announced.

What’s on the site

All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith is bracing himself for a tough contest when they begin the defence of their title against Argentina. The Pumas named their XV, which includes 13 Jaguares, yesterday evening.

We’ve put our predictions together for the two games plus the Maori All Blacks versus Fiji clash that takes place in Rotorua.

Elsewhere Nigel Owens has been handed the honour of refereeing the opening game at this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.

What’s in the news

Wales and Scarlets back-row Aaron Shingler has revealed that he feared for his career after suffering a knee injury, but is now pushing for a place in his country’s squad for the Rugby World Cup later this year.

On the flipside in New Zealand, former All Black wing Zac Guildford has admitted he’s considering retirement from rugby.

What’s on social media

On the back of Argentina unveiling their shirts for the Rugby World Cup, today was the turn of Scotland. These are nice, too.

What’s on TV

The focus shifts to the international game and the start of this year’s Rugby Championship will be broadcast on Sky Sports with South Africa and Argentina hosting Australia and New Zealand respectively. The second round of the Currie Cup also gets underway in Kimberley on Friday.