Sunday Social: Surprises, sunshine and cleaning up

Date published: April 4 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 kick off by wishing you all a Happy Easter and who better on this day to be holding the egg than former England international number eight, Nick.

Speaking of special days and what a moment this was for Scotland flanker Hamish Watson as he was shocked to discover he’d won the Six Nations gong.

It wasn’t all smiles this week as there was a cancellation of Friday’s Champions Cup showdown between Leinster and Toulon. Everyone was gutted, obviously.

One game that did take place on Friday was Gloucester against La Rochelle. The French side won and here’s coach Ronan O’Gara speaking well afterwards.

We couldn’t agree more, Ugo. BT Sport pundit Monye hits the nail on the head here as O’Gara’s philosophy on rugby is always a great listen for rugby fans.

Obviously rugby is still following strict guidelines when it comes to Covid-19 but there’s always room for a joke about the situation as Mark Palmer cracked this.

From one reporter to a commentator now as Irishman Hugh Cahill showed his skills by taking this kick up in the gantry. He does see room for improvement though.

The sun was out in England yesterday which brings up that rare dilemma of how to watch rugby outside. Sam Larner seems to have cracked it. Will it catch on?

After the game between Munster and Toulouse there was a sighting of South African wing Cheslin Kolbe cleaning up the drinks bottles. Lots of time for this.

It wasn’t just the Champions Cup taking place over the weekend though and it is fantastic to see Italian side Benetton make the last eight of the Challenge Cup.

Down south in New Zealand there was a major shock as the Highlanders overcame the high-flying Crusaders in emphatic fashion. Few saw that result coming.

There was also the Blues v Hurricanes taking place on Saturday and here’s netball player Caitlin Bassett watching the meeting at Eden Park from way up high.

The Blues would win that game 27-17 which gave All Blacks front-row Ofa Tu’ungafasi the perfect day to celebrate his 100th match for the Auckland-based outfit.

Finally, we headed all the way back to 1995 and the Rugby World Cup between Jonah Lomu and Mike Catt here, using the boat situation in the Suez Canal.