Rugby Union Today: Rainbow Cup change and lost revenue

Date published: April 21 2021

Another busy day in the rugby union game as there’s a twist for the PRO14 Rainbow Cup plus plenty of other major news.

What’s on the site

South African teams will not compete as planned in this year’s PRO14 Rainbow Cup and will now play matches against each other in a “dual tournament”.

Elsewhere, World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin has estimated that £1billion has been lost in revenue in the sport because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

What’s in the news

Premiership Rugby has announced that Darren Childs has decided to resign as their chief executive and will depart the organisation in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Connacht have announced the signing of versatile Australian back Mack Hansen, who will join the team from Super Rugby side the Brumbies.

What’s on social media

The British & Irish Lions have unveiled their Test jersey they are set to wear against South Africa in the upcoming series. It will set you back £105 to buy.

What’s on TV

The Premiership continues this weekend and kicks off on Friday with a massive showdown between Bristol Bears and Exeter Chiefs, live on BT Sport. There’s also the first round of the PRO14 Rainbow Cup, which begins on Friday and is shown on Premier Sports.

There is Super Rugby Aotearoa and Super Rugby AU too as they both approach their business end. The latter is streamed live on the World Rugby website.