It is time for Planet Rugby’s Sunday Social, your quirky recap of the serious and not so serious talking points from the past week’s action.
Where else to start but in the Exeter Chiefs dressing room at Ashton Gate? There were wild celebrations after the Devon-based outfit became the latest Champions Cup winners courtesy of a thrilling win over Racing 92 in the final.
— Exeter Chiefs (@ExeterChiefs) October 17, 2020
That encounter’s result was in the balance until the final whistle but, although the teams went at each other hammer and tongs for the full 80 minutes, it was nice to see Racing 92’s Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg of Exeter Chiefs – who are of course Scotland team-mates – sharing drinks after the game.
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) October 17, 2020
It was a great weekend for English rugby as Bristol Bears’ Challenge Cup final triumph against Toulon meant Premiership sides were crowned champions in both European cup competitions. Bristol’s win started with this stunning try from Harry Randall, who scored just 15 seconds after kick off – the quickest five-pointer in any European final.
OH MY WORD! That is how you start a European final @BristolBears 🤯
DO NOT kick the ball to Semi Radradra, you have been warned!
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) October 16, 2020
Bears hooker Harry Thacker was in a celebratory mood after his side’s victory.
From the Championship to a European title in 2⃣ years 🤯
What dreams are made of 🐻 pic.twitter.com/7DJjISKJXC
— Bristol Bears (@BristolBears) October 16, 2020
In Australia, former Wallabies Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell and Adam Ashley-Cooper used the same method and song as Thacker to promote their Backline Wines project.
— Matt Giteau 🇦🇺 (@giteau_rugby) October 16, 2020
Elsewhere, the guys at the official All Blacks Twitter page were not impressed by this video of American footballers playing without pads or helmets – something which is the norm in rugby union.
Cute 🥰 https://t.co/LgCiwgRnBh
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) October 15, 2020
The All Blacks were in fine form in their Bledisloe Cup Test at Eden Park and they have unearthed a new sensation in rookie flyer Caleb Clarke. He certainly got the crowd off their feet with this barnstorming run.
This is phenomenal.
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) October 18, 2020
In the build-up to that Test, All Blacks utility back Damian McKenzie had this funny response to a question at a press conference.
This is absolute gold from Dmac 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/Q3xyolyBQc
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) October 16, 2020
Meanwhile, Duncan Weir turned some heads with this hairstyle at a Scotland training session.
The rainbow kit absolutely nails this whole @duncan_weir aesthetic.
— Jamie Borthwick (@jamiekborthwick) October 16, 2020
Scotland fan Graham Love was on form with this take on Finn Russell’s and Gregor Townsend’s relationship, hinting that the player and coach may not have made up after all.
— Graham Love (@glove931) October 13, 2020
And finally, every Saracens player seems to be getting a call from the Barbarians apart from front-rower Richard Barrington. He is waiting patiently though.
— Richard Barrington (@bazzbarrington) October 16, 2020