Sunday Social: KFC false alarm, World Cup stars and fails

Adam Kyriacou

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 the return of the Champions Cup and Toulouse’s trip to Ulster where there was a false alarm about the former team’s dietary choices in the hotel.

Before kick-off Irish journalist Cian Tracey set up Toulouse wing Cheslin Kolbe for a big performance with this tweet. Of course this Bok can do it anywhere.

Kolbe’s two-try showing once again coincided with a nightmare for Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale, who must be sick of the sight of the hot-stepping global superstar.

Speaking of box office talent at the 2019 World Cup, Japan’s Kotaro Matsushima went one better than Kolbe on Saturday as he scored a hat-trick against Bristol.

Elsewhere in the Champions Cup we saw Wasps win 24-8 at the Dragons, with hooker Tom Cruse’s celebration setting tongues wagging – or in this case, dog tails.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Premiership outfit though at Rodney Parade and England lock Joe Launchbury won’t want to see this again. Know your limits, Joe.

The results from the opening couple of days in the competition made for interesting reading, with former Leinster hooker Bernard Jackson spotting something.

On a more serious note, this week’s been dominated by the news of a potential dementia ‘epidemic’ in rugby, with the Alix Popham interview such a hard watch.

There was also big news at Sale Sharks where director of rugby Steve Diamond walked away from the job. This Gif thread from Josh Gardner did hit a lighter note.

Finally, we head to the southern hemisphere where Bulls fly-half Morne Steyn appears to be like a fine wine. The 36-year-old is certainly playing some good stuff.