Sunday Social: Tributes paid to rugby legends

Date published: February 21 2021

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 with the news of Dan Carter’s retirement, who ended a staggering career which saw him claim two World Cups and top the Test points scoring charts. There were plenty of tributes paid to the great man but this from England’s Jonny Wilkinson who, alongside Carter was arguably the best fly-half of that era, particularly stands out.

Carter’s All Blacks debut came back in 2003 against Wales and these are his best bits from that game.

From one legend to another and the great Springbok Joost van der Westhuizen, who would have turned 50 on February 20.

On the field, there was plenty of action in the Premiership as an incredible five red cards were handed out. It was summed up nicely by Gloucester’s Jamal Ford-Robinson, who saw fellow Cherry and Whites prop Val Rapava-Ruskin sent off against Bath.

There was more controversy in the Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints game as the visitors claimed a narrow 13-12 triumph. The hosts were 13-7 behind when Sam Skinner touched down out wide to hand Joe Simmonds the chance to snatch the win for the Chiefs, but then this happened…

It’s not been a great week for the Simmonds family after his brother, the highly-rated number eight Sam, missed out on an England call-up following Jack Willis’ unfortunate injury. It left many observers perplexed.

People are also confused by rugby union’s disciplinary process after Zander Fagerson was handed a longer ban than Peter O’Mahony, despite seemingly not being as severe.

Former Scotland captain John Barclay also had his say…

…While current player Hamish Watson was incredibly unhappy immediately following the match.

However, the back-rower has since apologised for those comments.

In the southern hemisphere, there was the start of the new Super Rugby AU season where the Reds faced the Waratahs in the opener. The Queenslanders enjoyed their day, winning 41-7, but their former player Izaia Perese didn’t after the Tahs back was sent off.

The Sydney-based outfit were poor but the hosts were excellent as demonstrated by this try from Filipo Daugunu.

Meanwhile, you can’t help but love Fiji and their culture as this video shows.

Finally, BT Sport produced an outstanding short video on English cross-code legend Jason Robinson, which details his upbringing and career.