Rugby Union Today: Nick Easter exclusive and team news

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we have an exclusive with former England number eight Nick Easter plus there’s team news ahead of the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup.

What’s on the site

Easter maps out his five keys to success for England in another must-read exclusive ahead of the tournament in Japan.

We also have seven bold predictions for the global showpiece event plus the short side is here to preview the pool games.

New Zealand, Australia, France and Argentina‘s teams have been announced plus Fiji, which can be found in the tracker.

What’s in the news

England centre Henry Slade is hoping to form a slick midfield partnership with Manu Tuilagi in the Rugby World Cup.

Test your knowledge on the tournament history with this quiz on the Rugby World Cup from 1987 all the way to 2019.

What’s on social media

Are you excited?

The Rugby World Cup starts in less than 24 hours. #RWC2019 https://t.co/sgBtvnVq3O

— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) September 19, 2019

What’s on TV

The tournament everyone has been waiting for starts on Friday as hosts Japan face Russia in the Rugby World Cup opener. All the games will be exclusively live on ITV as 20 teams battle it out to become the champion.

Other matches also take place this weekend, including the beginning of the English season on BT Sport, as Harlequins play Bristol and Exeter Chiefs go head-to-head with Bath in the Premiership Rugby Cup.

Finally, the Mitre 10 Cup continues on Sky Sports with Hawke’s Bay hosting Taranaki on Friday.