Rugby Union Today: The short side and team news

Date published: July 18 2019

Another busy day in the rugby union game as New Zealand and Australia name their sides for the opening round of the Rugby Championship while we bring you The short side as our preview piece.

What’s on the site

There’s a starting debut for Sevu Reece on Saturday as the All Blacks name an under-strength side to face Argentina while Isi Naisarani also starts for the Wallabies in their clash with South Africa in Johannesburg.

The short side returns to the website and previews both games, a player to watch and much, much more ahead of the weekend.

Staying with the international action both Fiji and the Maori All Blacks have announced their teams while in the club game Sale Sharks have revealed that Jean-Luc and Dan du Preez have signed permanent deals.

What’s in the news

Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter wants his side to put the hurt of last season’s Premiership final defeat to good use in 2019/20.

Meanwhile, Glasgow Warriors have signed Fiji back-row Jale Vakaloloma on a two-year contract, subject to visa and medical.

What’s on social media

Whether it’s the Jaguares or Argentina, their kits always look good, don’t they? We especially like the Pumas’ away jersey.

What’s on TV

The focus shifts to the international game and the start of this year’s Rugby Championship will be broadcast on Sky Sports with South Africa and Argentina hosting Australia and New Zealand respectively. The second round of the Currie Cup also gets underway in Kimberley on Friday.