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 kick off in Salta where the Springboks were in a celebratory mood after securing the Rugby Championship title with an emphatic win over Argentina.
— Springboks (@Springboks) August 10, 2019
And there was a nice touch from the All Blacks, who congratulated the Springboks on their Rugby Championship triumph.
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) August 10, 2019
Elsewhere, Wallabies scrum-half Nic White was a popular man after shining in his side’s thrashing of the All Blacks in Perth.
— Qantas Wallabies (@qantaswallabies) August 11, 2019
It was a hugely impressive display by Australia but there was a particularly pivotal moment when Scott Barrett was red carded. Some pundits queried the decision, especially Sky Sports’ Will Greenwood, but many disagreed with the former England international.
Rugby players know the score: shoulder/forearm to head/neck = red card. Scott Barrett got what he deserved. Jerome Garces ought to be applauded for enforcing the law instead of being criticised. Will Greenwood @SkySportsRugby accuses him of 'hiding behind the laws.' What?
— Peter Jackson (@JackoRugby) August 10, 2019
However, plenty revelled in New Zealand’s defeat and reminded them of this headline from last year.
A reminder of where the All Blacks were this time last year pic.twitter.com/6qbyyXRGRP
— Gary Lemke (@GaryLemke) August 10, 2019
At the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Munster second-row Jean Kleyn couldn’t hide his delight after winning his first Test cap in Ireland’s victory over Italy in their first Rugby World Cup warm-up match.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) August 10, 2019
Onto the Pacific Nations Cup and Japan thrilled many onlookers with their stunning performances in the competition. The Brave Blossoms unsurprisingly claimed the title and scored another superb try on Saturday.
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) August 11, 2019
We finish with the Mitre 10 Cup and, despite being on the losing side against Taranaki, All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams enjoyed his return to provincial rugby with Counties Manukau.
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) August 10, 2019