Rugby Union Today: Stalwart retires and Glasgow analysis

Date published: May 21 2019

Another busy day in the rugby union game as off-field news once again unfortunately dominates the headlines while a Wallaby stalwart retires after 19 years at the top and analyst Sam Larner returns.

What’s on the site

George Smith has officially hung up his boots at the age of 38 and unsurprisingly the tributes have poured in for the flanker.

On a sour note, New Zealand Rugby and the Crusaders will investigate the recent accusations made on tour in South Africa.

Elsewhere, Larner is back to dissect another performance, this time we have an in-form Glasgow Warriors receiving praise. We also have Sam Warburton lauding Wales ahead of their Rugby World Cup campaign.

What’s in the news

Ireland international loosehead prop Cian Healy leads the contract extensions at Leinster as he signs a new two-year contract.

Scarlets are rebuilding their coaching team ahead of next season and have signed Highlanders defence coach Glenn Delaney.

What’s on social media

World Rugby releases this inspiring video promoting the Women’s game. ‘Start Rugby. Become Unstoppable’ is the slogan.

What’s on TV

Glasgow Warriors and Leinster go head-to-head in the final of the PRO14 on Saturday and that match will be shown on Premier Sports.

In the Premiership, they are at the last-four stage where Saracens host Gloucester and Exeter Chiefs face Northampton Saints on BT Sport this weekend.

Finally, Sky Sports has all the Super Rugby action, which starts with the Reds heading to New Zealand to take on the Chiefs.