Sunday Social: Storm Dennis, bromances and sad news

Date published: February 16 2020

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 off at the RDS Arena in Dublin where Storm Dennis made for a poor spectacle during Leinster’s one-sided PRO14 victory against the Cheetahs. The storm made life difficult for Leinster hooker Sean Cronin at this particular lineout.

The atrocious weather conditions had an effect both on and off the playing field and led to some stand closures at the RDS.

England flyer Jack Nowell had some fun at the expense of his Exeter Chiefs team-mate Stuart Hogg after the full-back dropped the ball while crossing the try-line in Scotland’s Six Nations opener against Ireland earlier this month.

Hogg had the last laugh, though, and was very self-deprecating when touching down for the Chiefs in their win against Gloucester at Kingsholm on Friday.

Which forced Nowell to admit defeat eventually.

Talking of bromances, in the England camp, front-row duo Ellis Genge and Kyle Sinckler got into the Valentine’s Day spirit.

Elsewhere, it was Pride day at the Harlequins v London Irish game at Twickenham Stoop on Saturday.

In Super Rugby, All Blacks centre Ngani Laumape was once again in fine form for the Hurricanes in their 38-22 triumph over the Sharks in Wellington.

And we end off with very sad news from Munster Rugby after it was revealed that one of their stalwarts, Garrett Fitzgerald, passed away at the age of 65 on Friday following an illness. Fitzgerald served as Munster’s chief executive from 1999 until his retirement in June last year.