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.
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
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.
— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) July 18, 2019
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.