Rugby Union Today: Sale preview and greatest sides

Date published: August 12 2020

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we look at Sale Sharks, who are the latest club in our rundown ahead of the Premiership restart.

What’s on the site

We continue to look ahead to the Premiership restart and this time we delve into Sale Sharks, who were enjoying an excellent campaign before the season was suspended due to coronavirus.

Elsewhere, our ‘Greatest rugby sides’ feature continues with the Crusaders, who have dominated in the southern hemisphere since 2017. They have claimed three successive Super Rugby titles and added further silverware by securing the Aotearoa crown at the weekend.

Finally, Bristol are not concerned about the hectic schedule they, and the other Premiership teams, will have to face when their domestic season resumes this weekend. At least two rounds of action will be played in midweek, which is unprecedented in top-flight club rugby.

What’s in the news

Three Premiership teams, Wasps, Leicester and Harlequins, will take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement when the competition resumes this weekend.

Meanwhile, the final game of Super Rugby Aotearoa, the Blues v Crusaders, is in doubt after four cases of Covid-19 were discovered in Auckland. The city was moved up to Alert Level 3, which means the match can’t take place as it stands.

What’s on social media

What the Premiership sides will do to show their support for Black Lives Matter.

What’s on TV

The Premiership joins Super Rugby AU and Aotearoa on the schedule this week. The action kicks off in Australia with the Force v Waratahs (live on Sky Sports) while in England Harlequins host Sale Sharks. BT Sport will televise all remaining Premiership games.