Sunday Social: Rugby World Cup announcements, Champions Cup thrashing and South African blackout

Stan Wilson

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.

Let’s kick things off with some Rugby World Cup news as the host nations for the upcoming tournaments were announced this week, with USA set to stage their first.

In reaction to this, one Scottish fan decided to use the announcement as a chance to take a dig at England and USA simultaneously…

USA was understandably delighted with the news though as this video, which included an incoming call from President Joe Biden, got some laughs.

Meanwhile in the Champions Cup, Tadhg Furlong was doing Tadhg Furlong things on his short outing for Leinster before he was replaced due to injury. Could anyone else on the planet replicate what this man is capable of in the three jersey?

Dublin’s seemingly never-aging fly-half Johnny Sexton also impressed at the thunderous Aviva Stadium with a show and go to make would-be tackler Dorian Aldegheri look plain silly! The move was finished by Ireland international Josh van der Flier.

After the devastating 40-17 defeat, it was reassuring to see that Toulouse fly-half Romain Ntamack wasn’t taking the loss too badly as he was back on telly for the second time on Saturday. Sadly his lookalike’s Eurovision attempt was about as successful as the real thing’s Champions Cup outing earlier in the day.

Lyon edged their way past Wasps in the Challenge Cup 20-18 and afterwards the squad were fired up in the dressing room (and rightfully so)! The win has paved the way for an all-France final as they’re set to meet Toulon after they defeated Saracens.

Down in South Africa, a power black out sparks the Xhosa commentary team into life, prompting unscripted cries of “load shedding!”. Why on earth can’t English commentary be this entertaining? For reference, South Africa does not have enough electricity generation capacity at times so they have scheduled blackouts called “load shedding”.

All-time New Zealand great Richie Mo’unga reached a huge career milestone with 1,000 points scored in Super Rugby. He sealed the feat with a straight-forward penalty in front of the sticks.

However it was not all smiles for the All Black fly-half as Tom Wright embarrassed the Crusader with a series of outrageous steps to pass Mo’unga for a try.

Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua created a special moment in Super Rugby Pacific with their war dances prior to their clash. If only this game could have been played in front of a crowd of fans from one of Island nations.

To wrap up, Chiefs lock and Player of the Match Naitoa Ah Kuoi provided us with a humorous post-game interview after his side squeezed their way past the Rebels for a win. What a character.

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