Rugby Union Today: Super charged and Video of the Week

Date published: June 26 2020

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we look ahead to the weekend’s action in New Zealand’s Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.

What’s on the site

Super charged returns as we look ahead to the two clashes in Super Rugby Aotearoa where there will be plenty of interesting individual duels, including Richie Mo’unga going head-to-head with Aaron Cruden.

Elsewhere, Video of the Week returns as we delve into South Africa’s World Cup history. We celebrated the anniversary of their victory in the 1995 global tournament on Wednesday and continue the Springboks theme by looking at their best tries in the competition.

What’s in the news

Gloucester have announced that eight players have departed the club, including Franco Mostert, Franco Marais and Tom Marshall, who will further their careers in Japan.

Meanwhile, Nick Tompkins has committed himself to Saracens but will join the Dragons on loan for next season. Tompkins had signed a new contract in December but his future was in doubt following the Londoners’ relegation to the Championship.

Finally, Sam Cane will make his Super Rugby Aotearoa bow after being named in the Chiefs side to face the Crusaders. The All Blacks captain suffered a back injury prior to the start of the competition but has recovered to take his place in the XV.

What’s on social media

We enjoyed this exchange between former England and Harlequins team-mates Danny Care, who supports new Premier League champions Liverpool, and Ugo Monye.

What’s on TV

Super Rugby Aotearoa continues on Sky Sports with the Blues v Highlanders on Saturday before Sunday sees the Crusaders meet the Chiefs.