Sunday Social: Classic Canada, Hagibis and Nic Berry

Date published: October 13 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.

What a week it has been in Japan as Typhoon Hagibis dominated the headlines. Fixtures were called off, such as Canada versus Namibia on Sunday, but just look at Canada helping the recovery effort in Kamaishi.

There unfortunately was loss of life and damage caused in the country as rugby paid its respects with a moment’s silence before the USA versus Tonga game that took place on Sunday. Our thoughts are with them.

Japan were clearly eager for their key game against Scotland to go ahead, going through this water to get to their captain’s run.

Social media being social media, the jokes were flowing as the rugby union public waited on the fate of the crucial pool showdown.

The decision was delayed from midnight to 3am in the United Kingdom and, yes, one can imagine the below being voiced frequently.

Former England cricketer also got involved…

Our Sunday Social would not be complete without Graham Love included as he put together this tongue in cheek video on the situation.

To on-field matters and with match officials copping a fair amount of flak this Rugby World Cup, it was good to see Nic Berry praised.

Said praise also came from a former Ireland international, centre Darren Cave, with Berry doing an impressive job yesterday in Fukuoka.

One referee who had a moment to forget was Nigel Owens, with this GIF unlikely to go away quickly. Who puts a camera there?

That encounter between the USA and Tonga was a fitting farewell for Siale Piutau, who signed off in style with a win and player of the match award.

Earlier in the week and it was also a goodbye to Mamuka Gorgodze, the Georgia star calling time on his Test career for a second time.

From veteran players to possibly the youngest viewer of this year’s Rugby World Cup as a newborn baby gets a first taste of the action.