Rugby Union Today: Wales head to Japan and team news

Date published: January 10 2020

Another busy day in the rugby union game as Wales announce their mid-year schedule plus there’s weekend team news from Saturday and Sunday’s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup pool fixtures.

What’s on the site

Wales will take on the Brave Blossoms in Japan in June before heading to New Zealand in July this year in tough away games.

We also have all of the weekend’s European matches covered with Saturday’s preview and Sunday’s team news to check over.

In the southern hemisphere there’s been shock over the news that referee Glen Jackson will call time on officiating this March.

What’s in the news

England international flanker Sam Underhill has committed his future to Bath, joining two other players in signing new deals.

Meanwhile, Leinster boss Leo Cullen says Johnny Sexton is still on course to be fit for Ireland’s opening Six Nations game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on February 1. Sexton is recovering from a knee injury.

What’s on social media

Esportif provide some interesting attendance figures here from the Premiership and PRO14, comparing 2018/19 to 2019/20.

What’s on TV

The Champions Cup resumes for the penultimate round of the pool stages and the games will once again be shown on BT Sport. There are plenty of intriguing fixtures, including Clermont v Ulster, Glasgow v Exeter and Racing v Munster.