Sunday Social: Big hits and the furious confrontation of Eddie Jones

Sunday Social: Big hits and the furious confrontation of Eddie Jones

It’s time for Planet Rugby’s Sunday Social, your quirky round-up of the last week’s serious and not-so-serious talking points.

We start in Australia, where England’s Australian head coach Eddie Jones was involved in a furious confrontation with one of his compatriots who called him a traitor during Saturday’s test against the Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

However, Jones had the last laugh as England sealed a 21-17 win and a 2-1 triumph in Australia, prompting wild celebrations after the game.

Earlier in the week, former Australia full-back Drew Mitchell was forced to place a bet with Harlequins and England support Joe Marler after the Wallabies’ defeat in the second Test. It’s fair to say he hasn’t shied away from paying off his debts.

While Wallabies front-row Scott Sio is one of his footballing heroes, the former Liverpool and England star – and current Aston Villa manager – is Steven Gerrard.

Meanwhile, in New Zealand, All Blacks head coach Ian Foster’s Wikipedia page received some changes after his team’s 2-1 defeat by Ireland.

Ireland’s second-rower Tadhg Beirne was one of his side’s stars in the 32-22 win over New Zealand in the series final in Wellington. Any player.

Ahead of this game, this Irish supporter was spotted in the crowd with a special message for All Black’s lock Brodie Retallick. Not surprisingly, this went viral.

Ireland have achieved what very few countries have achieved in more than 100 years of Test rugby in New Zealand. The scoreboard said it all after 80 minutes.

The celebrations after the final whistle were a great observation for the Irish fans and the players seemed to be enjoying themselves too. What a moment for this ever improving team.

In South Africa, it was a momentous event for Springbok enforcer Eben Etzebeth, who made his 100th Test appearance for the three-time world champions in their meeting with Wales in Cape Town.

While the boys from the Six Nations Twitter page showed what some of the players would look like going forward, Marcus Smith wanted to keep his youthful looks.

Elsewhere, France and Toulouse, scrum half Antoine Dupont took to the skies in his spare time going full Tom Cruise.

Losing to South Africa in the final of the Six Nations Summer Series, Wales Under-20s definitely made their mark with a wonderful effort.

Finally, Chile were in celebration after beating USA over two rounds to qualify for the Rugby World Cup for the first time. A fantastic achievement!

CONTINUE READING: Eddie Jones: England manager involved in angry confrontation with Australian fan


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