Sunday Social: Great tries, tears of joy and RIP Jonah

Date published: November 22 2020

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 England where the Simmonds brothers, Sam and Joe, combined brilliantly for this try scored by the former as Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs kicked off their title defence in style with a comfortable win over Harlequins.

The older Simmonds finished that match with a hat-trick of tries and his Exeter team-mate Jack Nowell reckons this was his reaction after that feat.

Despite being in red-hot form, Simmonds is not in favour with England head coach Eddie Jones, but Dragons and former Wales and British & Irish Lions centre Jamie Roberts feels the back-row could do a job for the famous touring team in South Africa next year.

And while we’re on the topic of great tries… At Twickenham, Jonny May lit up England’s Autumn Nations Cup encounter against Ireland with this incredible score. Well done, Jonny!

This reaction to May’s five-pointer is pretty accurate.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, this Argentina fan shed tears of joy when Pumas skipper Pablo Matera made his day with this wonderful gesture, after the South Americans’ 15-15 draw with the Wallabies.

Staying Down Under, where former Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper revealed to Will Greenwood’s Podcast how he started uploading his popular viral passing videos during lockdown.

With the British and Irish Lions’ tour to South Africa drawing ever closer, the excitement is almost palpable for Greenwood as he showed us his Lions jersey in this video.

While in South Africa, former Springbok fly-half Butch James couldn’t resist showing off his goal-kicking record.

And finally, we took time out last week to commemorate rugby’s first global superstar, Jonah Lomu, who passed away on November 18, five years ago. Rest in peace, Jonah.