Sunday Social: Great achievements and an odd occurrence

Date published: June 13 2021 - 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 with former Wales skipper Ryan Jones, who was rewarded with an MBE – for his services to the game and charitable fundraising – in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

England Women head coach Simon Middleton and vice-captain Emily Scarratt were also honoured for their achievements with the Red Roses.

Meanwhile, this spectacular try from Leinster lock Ryan Baird in their PRO14 Rainbow Cup win over Dragons gained plenty of reaction and rightly so.

Elsewhere, after an exciting end to the regular-season’s final round, the Premiership semi-finalists have been confirmed. Clear your Saturday afternoon.

Despite being in the twilight of his career, Harlequins veteran Danny Care showed that he’s still enjoying the game with this tweet.

Down Under, the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman’s finalists have also been determined with the Blues and Highlanders set to face off in Auckland on Saturday.

The Highlanders’ All Blacks scrum-half, Aaron Smith, couldn’t hide his delight at reaching his first final since 2015.

Although they missed out on that tournament’s marquee match, the Chiefs looked slick with this well executed try in their encounter against the Waratahs.

Sean Wainui led the way for the Hamilton-based side in that match by crossing for five tries – the first player to notch that achievement in Super Rugby history.

Although they won all their games, the Crusaders missed out on a place in the final and as our tweet sums up, it’s certainly an odd occurrence.

But that situation is not as bad as the all the Australian sides find themselves in at the moment.

Finally, we head to France where Biarritz returned to the Top 14 – after a seven-year absence – courtesy of a dramatic penalty shootout win against Bayonne in their Pro D2 play-off on Saturday.