Rugby Union Today: Manu Tuilagi deal and Loose Pass

Another busy day in the rugby union game as England’s Manu Tuilagi ended weeks of speculation by signing a new contract with Leicester Tigers.

Rugby Union Today: Manu Tuilagi deal and Loose Pass

Rugby Union Today: Manu Tuilagi deal and Loose Pass

What’s on the site

England powerhouse centre Manu Tuilagi will not be heading to France after all, rejecting the offer to join Racing 92 by instead signing a new deal at Leicester, keeping him in the international reckoning following the 2019 World Cup.

Elsewhere, Loose Pass returned to look ahead to the big clash of the weekend as Wales host Ireland in a Grand Slam decider, while it also discusses the competitiveness of Sevens and the clubs’ reaction to World Rugby’s ‘Nations Championship.’

Finally, check out the team news for this weekend’s Super Rugby action as the competition reaches Round Five. It starts with the struggling Chiefs, who have shifted Damian McKenzie to full-back, taking on the Hurricanes.

What’s in the news

Ex-Wales captain Sam Warburton has hailed the influence of head coach Warren Gatland on the team. With the New Zealander set to depart following the World Cup, Warburton believes that Gatland has “changed the perception” of Welsh rugby.

In Super Rugby, Ngani Laumape will make his 50th appearance for the Hurricanes when they take on the Chiefs in Hamilton, while the Brumbies will have to do without the services of David Pocock, who has picked up a calf injury.

What’s on social media

There is one disappointing aspect of Manu Tuilagi staying with Leicester, according to Tigers prop Ellis Genge, and that’s the lack of food for the forwards.

Me and coley are delighted to announce we are picking up the scraps of what Manu has left over.

— Gengey (@EllisGenge) March 13, 2019

What’s on TV

The 2019 Six Nations returns for its final weekend with the BBC showing the big clash of the weekend when Wales face Ireland. Italy v France begins proceedings and England v Scotland rounds off the competition, and they will be shown on ITV.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports will broadcast all the Super Rugby encounters which take place, starting with the Chiefs taking on the Hurricanes in an all-New Zealand clash, and ends with the Lions against the Rebels. The Top 14 will also be televised on the channel, with both Sunday games being shown.

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