Sunday Social: World Cup build-up, emojis and a contract

Date published: September 15 2019

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.

With the start of the Rugby World Cup just days away, we begin in Kashiwa where some of the All Blacks were treated to a brilliant haka from some youngsters. That haka was one of several the world champions have received since their arrival in Japan and it’s fair to say that it won’t be the last.

Earlier this year, the Drinking Game by the Welsh Dalai Lama was a big hit during the Six Nations and it should become even more popular after a new version of the game was introduced for the World Cup. As always, please drink responsibly.

Meanwhile, with the global showpiece’s kick off mere days away, Rugby World Cup’s official Twitter feed have introduced emojis unique to the tournament in Japan. There’s loads in this thread.

Australia Women’s Sevens star Ellia Green proved difficult to stop during the opening leg of the Aon Uni 7s which was held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane over the weekend.

Earlier this week, Wales’ squad were put through their singing paces by legendary opera singer Sir Bryn Terfel ahead of their departure for the Rugby World Cup.

Elsewhere, after arriving in Japan, the England squad spent time at the Miyazaki District Support School to learn more about the school’s activities and Japanese culture.

Meanwhile, there are several meanies in Planet Rugby’s very own Sopranos XV.

Former Western Province, Stormers and Springboks captain Corne Krige paid his final respects to his provincial and international team-mate Chester Williams whose funeral was held at Newlands on Saturday.

There was a big crowd who paid their final respects with a special song for the legendary winger.

And finally, check out this innovative contract which appears on Rugby World Cup’s official Twitter account.

Photo credit: @EnglandRugby