Turn here for all of the important stuff you’ve missed over the past few days. We’re in the midst of the dog days of rugby’s summer, so we’ll do the best we can.
Hey, didn’t you used to be Leigh Halfpenny? Here’s a guy that went from battling to start for the British & Irish Lions (would have been my 15 on that squad, but nobody asked, even though they should have), to being cast adrift and looking for a 2017-2018 home in a matter of weeks. First Toulon showed him the door, then the Premiership decided they couldn’t pay him, and then only after more weeks of uncertainty did he end up back home in Wales at Scarlets. Just how he planned it all, I’m sure.
Speaking of Toulon, good to see them keep to their recent promise to sign more domestic players by giving Malakai Fekitoa a bunch of money. The former All Black will of course team up in the Toulon centers with another player with a long history of playing in France, Ma’a Nonu. Look out for France in the Six Nations this year…or something.
Rumor has it that the primary school Sonny Bill Williams graduated from added him to their roster for a few matches this month, thus allowing SBW to serve his suspension and appear in all of this year’s Rugby Championship matches. No word on how SBW looked in the practices at the primary school.
Speaking of All Blacks on forced sabbatical, Jordie Barrett is out for several months after having shoulder surgery. With Jordie having been the primary goal kicker after brother Beauden seemingly forgetting the object is to put the ball between the two posts, rumor has it that the All Blacks are down to, let’s see, well they have no kicker. Good news is it won’t be a problem in the Rugby Championship, not against those other jokers.
The Pro 14 just released their fixtures, together with announcing they’d be emulating Super Rugby’s conference system. Everyone loves the Super Rugby setup, so it should be great.
Speaking of the Pro 14, reigning player of the year Charles Piutau has announced he’s going back to the Premiership next year to join Bristol. He seems to be going back and forth from England to the Pro 14 year by year, and picking lesser teams as he moves along, so expect him on Treviso in about 2025.
With that, I shall dismiss you all, but leave you first with the promise that I know I gotta get some more content up on this thing consistently, and I shall.