Rugby Union Today: Looking ahead to the European action

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we look ahead to the action in the Champions Cup this weekend after the teams were named.

What’s on the site

Simon Zebo will face his former club after the full-back was named in the Racing 92 squad for the encounter against Munster at Thomond Park on Saturday. Elsewhere, Saracens have called upon three World Cup stars with Mako Vunipola, George Kruis and Elliot Daly selected in their XV to face the Ospreys.

On Sunday, Sale Sharks take on La Rochelle and scrum-half Faf de Klerk starts his first game since the global tournament. Meanwhile, gargantuan wing Nemani Nadolo returned to the Montpellier team for their contest with Gloucester.

We delve into two of those games in Europe’s top-tier competition with our betting preview, while there is also Video of the Week, which revisits Joe Marler’s classic interview.

What’s in the news

Wales have a new team manager following Alan Phillips’ appointment as the Lions director of operations after announcing that former flanker Martyn Williams will take over the role.

Elsewhere, Franco Smith will coach Italy in the upcoming Six Nations, while former England captain Dylan Hartley believes that Saracens’ players will feature for the Red Rose in that tournament.

What’s on social media

News of Joe Marler’s comedy genius has reached the USA.

A rugby player talks about horses in hilarious interview. We don’t know what it means, either.

— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 21, 2019

What’s on TV

The Champions Cup continues this weekend on BT Sport where Ulster and Clermont Auvergne kick off proceedings on Friday. There are several other interesting clashes as Exeter Chiefs host Glasgow Warriors, Lyon face Leinster and Racing 92 visit Munster.