Sunday Social: July Tests aftermath, Georgia’s centurion and pre-season preparations

Colin Newboult

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 start by looking back at the July internationals and firstly the influence Ardie Savea has had on the All Blacks. They may have lost but Savea continues to stand out.

Equally, it was a good personal series for South Africa’s Damian Willemse, who won the first encounter against Wales with a last-gasp kick. Willemse is more renowned for his running game, however, and he has a rather distinctive style.

It wasn’t such good news for Australia, though, who succumbed to England, and this shot of Nic White almost makes your heart break. Some couldn’t risk mocking his oversized coat, however.

Continuing with the Australian theme and a clip of Will Skelton’s brother went viral during the week. Cameron is both bigger and taller than his sibling, which means he has a significant size advantage over everyone else here.

Meanwhile, in Georgia they celebrate Test centurions quite literally by presenting them with a helmet of a centurion soldier.

There was another heartwarming moment from Georgia with a video of this passionate young fan celebrating.

There was one key international game this weekend and it saw Tonga confirm their Rugby World Cup place following a 44-22 victory over Hong Kong on Saturday. Congratulations, ‘Ikale Tahi!

Elsewhere, pre-season has started in the northern hemisphere and Wasps gave this fascinating insight into their early preparations.

The initial part of pre-season is traditionally brutal but Cardiff combined work and play on a trip to Cardiff Bay.

There is slightly more fun to be had at the Sharks as they played this music quiz, resulting in a pie to the face if they got it wrong.

Finally, photos emerged a couple of weeks ago of Antoine Dupont about to get into a jet and now there’s a video of him taking to the skies. What an experience!

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