Sunday Social: Advice, humour and community spirit

Date published: March 22 2020

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.

We unsurprisingly start with the news which has dominated world headlines and that is the coronavirus. Rugby has been affected but clubs are still taking the time to give advice to their fans, sometimes in rather humorous ways.

As Wasps fly-half Lima Sopoaga suggests, while they are on an enforced break it perhaps provides an opportunity for players to get their life planned out following rugby.

Continuing with Wasps and they have been doing some excellent community work, including delivering food and calling elderly supporters who are in isolation. A wonderful gesture.

Former England, Newcastle and Toulon player Tom May also had the perfect message for people that are panic buying and preventing those who are really in need from getting supplies.

Another ex-England international, Danielle Waterman, used her speed and power to get through the crowds.

To get through any difficult situation, humour and fun plays a big part, and the PRO14 set up this game to pass some time.

Elsewhere, rugby commentator Nick Heath has been the star of social media this week, producing ‘life commentaries’ on mundane everyday tasks. These are very entertaining.

With no rugby taking place, some have looked back to great moments from yesteryear, including this incredible long-range penalty.

Others merely took to their game console to sim the match that would have been played at the weekend.

How about this for a new sport? Marble racing is mesmerising.

There was some positive news, however, with Worcester lock Michael Fatialofa making incredible progress after suffering a serious injury in January.