Rugby Union Today: Saracens punished and Loose Pass

Date published: November 5 2019

Another busy day in the rugby union game as Saracens are fined over £5m and also slapped with a 35 point deduction, subject to an appeal review, after being found guilty of breaching the salary cap.

What’s on the site

The big news in England is that Premiership champions Saracens have been handed that sizeable punishment by an independent disciplinary panel. The club is shocked by the development and are set to appeal.

We also have Loose Pass looking at the international game, mainly what next for New Zealand, England and South Africa. Speaking of which, Beauden Barrett appears to have given coach Ian Foster his backing.

With there being no November internationals the focus is set to be on the Barbarians this month, who have called in four Springboks for their upcoming games against Fiji, Brazil and Wales in the coming weeks.

What’s in the news

Will Greenwood has said the news regarding Saracens is massive and that it cannot be underplayed what an effect it could have.

Other people have had their say as former Gloucester chairman Ryan Walkinshaw accused Saracens of “systematic cheating”.

What’s on social media

The Springboks landed in Johannesburg today and unsurprisingly there was quite a turnout from supporters at OR Tambo.

What’s on TV

Following the end of the Rugby World Cup, the focus switches to domestic action in Europe where the Premiership reaches Round Four on BT Sport. Their coverage duly starts with Friday’s meeting at the AJ Bell Stadium between Sale Sharks and Wasps.

Elsewhere, the PRO14 continues on Premier Sports with Round Six, which includes a couple of interesting all-Irish ties as Connacht take on Leinster and Munster go head-to-head with Ulster at Thomond Park.