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Rugby news from Thursday, April 19, 2018

- Benched. Simon Zebo looks set to be benched for Munster’s crucial Champions Cup semi-final clash with Racing 92 in Bordeaux on Sunday, according to a report in The Irish Examiner. The Ireland international has been struggling with a number of niggling injuries in recent weeks, and has been nowhere near his best form in a red jersey. He came off early in the first-half against Toulon, lasting jus...

- This weekend sees Gloucester Rugby take on Newcastle Falcons in the European Challenge Cup semi-finals, with a place in the final in Bilbao up for grabs. With numerous all-English clashes in European rugby over the years, we take a nostalgic look at some of the stand-out games that went down in history. Wasps v Leicester […] The post Throwback Thursday: Five famous all-English clashes in Europea...

- There are five changes in the pack and one in the backline for the Sunwolves when they face the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.  In the backs, William Tupou has come in for Kotaro Matsushima at full-back. Semisi Masirewa has dropped to the bench with Hosea Saumaki replacing him on the right wing, while Kenki Fukuoka takes the place of Lomano Lemeki on the left wing.  There is a new half-b...

- The provinces and their exploits in Europe inspired radical restructuring in Wales but finance and player development hold the regions backLeinster meet the Scarlets in the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. The ground will be full, as it would be were its capacity closer to Twickenham's 82,000 than below 52,000. Irish rugby is where the game in Wales aspir...

- Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has made three changes to his starting XV for Saturday's South African derby with the Stormers in Durban. Du Preez has brought Makazole Mapimpi in for Lwazi Mvovo on the left wing while Cameron Wright replaces Louis Schreuder at scrum-half in the two changes to the back-line. Daniel du Preez joins his twin Jean-Luc in the loose trio, taking over from Tera Mtembu a...

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