Sunday Social: Debate over the GOAT, box office moments and a rush of blood to the head

David Skippers

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 begin in New Zealand, where some of that country’s Super Rugby Pacific players gave their opinions on who deserves the title as the game’s greatest ever. Some interesting thoughts here.

Staying in the land of the long white cloud, where Highlanders full-back Connor Garden-Bachop gave this classic reaction when he saw himself on the big screen during his team’s clash with Moana Pasifika in Dunedin. Hilarious!

In Europe, there were several box office moments in the Champions Cup with this monster drop-goal from Stuart Hogg for Exeter Chiefs against Munster truly a sight to behold.

While at the AJ Bell Stadium, this moment of magic from Semi Radradra proved to be the difference between Bristol Bears and Sale Sharks.

Meanwhile, in South Africa there was plenty of excitement with the release of the behind the scenes documentary trailer of last year’s Springboks v British & Irish Lions Test series. It should be a good watch.

Heading over to the USA, and Washington DC specifically, where a rugby ball was spotted in the background when that country’s former president, Barack Obama, paid a visit to the White House.

It turns out that the ball was a gift which former Ireland and British & Irish Lions full-back Rob Kearney gave to the USA’s current president, Joe Biden, when Kearney, who is a distant cousin of Biden, visited the Oval Office earlier this year.

Elsewhere, in France, Saracens had to deal with extreme weather conditions with a gale force wind greeting them at Stade Amédée-Doménech where they faced Brive in their European Challenge Cup encounter on Friday.

It was a sad day when former Ireland and British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O’Brien announced his retirement on Friday. Apart from shining as a player, the Lions’ official Twitter feed reminded us of what a character he is off the field as well. Enjoy your retirement, Sean!

One of O’Brien’s best memories for the famous touring team came when he scored this wonderful try during their first Test against the All Blacks in 2017.

Moving over to the Singapore Sevens, where the opening day was a memorable one for Ireland as they caused shockwaves by beating Fiji for the first time in their history.

And finally, staying at the Singapore Sevens where the USA’s Kevon Williams had this rush of blood to the head during the dying moments of his side’s pool game against Canada. Something he would want to forget in a hurry, no doubt.

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