Rugby Union Today: Wasps analysis and gossip

Date published: January 8 2019

Another busy day in the rugby union game as Sam Larner returns with an analysis piece on a Wasps double act plus we bring you the transfer gossip as Kieran Read is linked with a club move to Japan.

What’s on the site

All Blacks captain Read as well as Ryan Crotty, Aaron Smith and Dane Coles are reportedly set for moves to Japan after the World Cup. For that and more visit our gossip article that has all the rumours.

Meanwhile, Larner is back and hails the showing of both Thomas Young and Joe Launchbury in Wasps’ win over Northampton.

Elsewhere, Wales are likely to be without Leigh Halfpenny when they kick-off the Six Nations while Leo Cullen is excited ahead of his Leinster side’s Champions Cup clash with Toulouse this weekend.

What’s in the news

Sale Sharks have released a statement saying that former player Cillian Willis discontinued his legal action against the club in March 2018, the club saying that no compensation was paid to the player.

In other news Rhys Priestland will leave Bath at the end of the season while Jack Carty has signed a new contract at Connacht.

What’s on social media

Is this correct…?

What’s on TV

The European Champions Cup returns on BT Sport with the channel showing all the games from Round Five. Leinster’s encounter with Toulouse is the pick but also check out Gloucester v Munster, Ulster v Racing 92 and Toulon v Edinburgh, which are crucial matches in the race for qualification.