Rugby Union Today: Surprise omissions from England squad

Another busy day in the rugby union game as Chris Robshaw, Danny Care and Dylan Hartley were all names that were absent from England’s World Cup training squad.

What’s on the site

It appears highly likely that three experienced England players will not be at the upcoming World Cup in Japan after Dylan Hartley, Chris Robshaw and Danny Care were omitted from the Red Rose’s 29-man training squad.

Elsewhere, Super charged returned to Planet Rugby discussing all the big stories heading into this weekend’s Super Rugby quarter-finals, including the Hurricanes’ encounter with the Bulls and Owen Franks’ return to the Crusaders starting line up.

What’s in the news

It is all about the southern hemisphere as SANZAAR responded to World Rugby’s decision to abandon the Nations Championship project, stating that it was an ‘opportunity lost’ to grow the game.

Meanwhile, sacked Wallabies full-back Israel Folau has set up a GoFundMe page for his court case against Rugby Australia. Despite writing in PlayersVoice last year that he was willing to “walk away from my contract” should his situation become “untenable,” he is now looking to raise $3 million to take on the governing body.

What’s on social media

Although some people were disappointed by World Rugby pulling the plug on the Nations Championship, the Pacific Islanders were not.

This was single handedly the biggest threat to the game since it went professional in 95.

Glad common sense prevailed.

— Daniel Leo (@danleo82) June 19, 2019

What’s on the TV

Super Rugby continues this week as the competition hits the quarter-final stage, kicking off with the Crusaders hosting the Highlanders on Sky Sports on Friday.

There is also the World Rugby U20 Championship final this weekend as Australia face France in Argentina. That game will be shown on ITV4, while the other matches will be broadcast via World Rugby.