Rugby Union Today: The short side and Super charged

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we look at the main talking points in Europe’s domestic leagues and Super Rugby this weekend.

What’s on the site

There are some big games in the Premiership, PRO14 and Top 14 and the big issues going into the games are discussed in this week’s short side.

Super charged also returns as we look ahead to the Crusaders’ game against the Lions and Duane Vermeulen’s return to Cape Town as the Bulls head to Newlands to face the Stormers.

Finally, check out the previews for the northern hemisphere matches that take place on Friday, with the two Premiership games covered as Sale host Bath and Newcastle take on Northampton.

What’s in the news

Ireland centre Bundee Aki has apologised for ‘liking’ Israel Folau’s anti-gay Instagram post. Aki was among several rugby players to like Folau’s social media comment but has now attempted to explain the “confusion.”

Elsewhere, Curwin Bosch will finally get his chance in the fly-half jersey after head coach Robert du Preez named him in the pivot position to face the Waratahs on Saturday.

What’s on social media

Here’s Bundee Aki’s post on the recent controversy…

— Bundee Aki (@bundeeaki12) April 25, 2019

What’s on TV

The domestic leagues in Europe are close to reaching its denouement and on BT Sport they have Round 20 of the Premiership campaign. They will televise the crucial clash between Sale and Bath, while they also have Exeter v Harlequins, Wasps v Saracens and Worcester v Gloucester.

In the PRO14, they have reached the final round of the regular season and Premier Sports have all the action, with Zebre v Benetton, Munster v Connacht and Glasgow v Edinburgh the standout contests in the battle for the play-offs.

Finally, Sky Sports will broadcast all the Super Rugby games, which starts with a rematch between the 2017 and ’18 finalists as the Crusaders host the Lions in Christchurch.