Rugby Union Today: Big decisions Down Under

Another busy day in the rugby union game as New Zealand announce their touring squad that will head to Argentina, with openside flanker Sam Cane leading the side in the absence of Kieran Read.

What’s on the site

Cane has been named skipper for their opening Rugby Championship game next weekend as several Crusaders stay at home.

In Australia there’s a retirement call from Will Genia on the international stage with the World Cup his last games at that level, while fly-half Bernard Foley is leaving the Waratahs for a likely move to Japan.

Late last night there was big news from Super Rugby where Beauden Barrett was confirmed a Blues player on a new contract.

What’s in the news

South African forward Hendre Stassen has been provisionally suspended by club side Stade Francais after failing a drugs test.

In Ireland, Will Addison has been added to their training squad in Galway as he looks to force his way into a World Cup spot.

What’s on social media

Ireland have released their jersey ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Check the shirt out with a 360 degree look, here.

Take a closer look at Ireland's Rugby World Cup jersey and #TurnTheWorldGreen#ShoulderToShoulder #TeamOfUs pic.twitter.com/evNtJJIJ3f

— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) July 12, 2019

What’s on TV

The Women’s Rugby Super Series continues on Sky Sports this week, with the action on Sunday seeing New Zealand face England and France take on USA. The Currie Cup also starts on Saturday in Cape Town.