Sunday Social: Celebration, controversy, a classy response

Date published: August 11 2019

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.

And there was a nice touch from the All Blacks, who congratulated the Springboks on their Rugby Championship triumph.

Elsewhere, Wallabies scrum-half Nic White was a popular man after shining in his side’s thrashing of the All Blacks in Perth.

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.

However, plenty revelled in New Zealand’s defeat and reminded them of this headline from last year.

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.

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.

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.