Rugby Union Today: PRO14 fixtures announced

Date published: July 24 2018

Another busy day in the rugby union game as the PRO14 fixtures are announced while we also build up to the Super Rugby semi-finals.

What’s on the site

Reigning champions Leinster will kick off their PRO14 title defence at Cardiff Blues as the fixtures are confirmed for 2018/19.

There is also build-up to the Super Rugby semi-finals as Richie McCaw offers the Crusaders advice while Lions head coach Swys de Bruin believes that home ground advantage is key in the play-off games.

Meanwhile, John Nicholson returns to Planet Rugby and voices his concerns over the physicality of our game at the moment.

What’s in the news

Two years out from the Tokyo Olympics, World Rugby has announced the kick-off dates for the Men’s and Women’s Sevens.

World Rugby are also looking into the amount of decisions that referees are pushing to TMOs, with change likely to come.

What’s on social media

Sticking with the Sevens, England’s Phil Burgess won the Moment That Delivers for this extra-time try. What a play this was.

What’s on TV

Super Rugby has reached the semi-final stage and Sky Sports will show both of the matches. Coverage begins with the Crusaders hosting the Hurricanes in an all-New Zealand affair before the Lions take on the Waratahs in Johannesburg.