There might have been some doubt as to whether the Crusaders would be able to go through the semi finals but apparently they did. Now they are in the Super Rugby finals. This would certainly help them seek a ninth title that would extend their record.
Elton Jantjies of Lions is one of the many players who are excited about the Lions being back in the finals as well. The semi finals saw the Crusaders take up Hurricanes while the Lions took up Waratahs at the Ellis Park stadium; this was in Johannesburg in South Africa.
The Waratahs were able to upset Highlanders in the quarterfinals that were held for Super Rugby last weekend. Israel Folau was lauded for the calming and wise demeanor that he maintained throughout. The Aussies were stunned on the other hand that the Waratahs is now one game away from the final.
The formula that is used for determining the finalists at Super Rugby is a complex one that even ardent fans find difficult to follow. However, everyone understood that every region gets a prize as even prizes for the 19th place are handed out in Super Rugby.
IRFU needs a new sponsor for the title of All Ireland League since the existing title sponsor; Ulster Bank has decided to step down. It is unlikely that the Union would be able to attract a sponsor in time before the 2018-19 season commences. The Ulster Bank has taken the decision to step down after being the title sponsor for nine years. This is the final year for the current format of the league that is split into divisions 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 2C. The fixtures are already announced.
Ulster Bank had taken over sponsorship position for All Ireland League since 2010 when they succeeded AIB who had held that position for the previous timeline of 13 years. The original sponsors of the tournament had been an Insurance Corporation of Ireland.
Manchester City and Liverpool have taken proactive steps in ensuring their players are back in camp in one piece.
Both top Premier League clubs reportedly flew the Brazilian stars on international duty back from South America to England ahead of their clash over the weekend.
Pep Guardiola and his boys would play host to the highly attacking Jurgen Klopp side on Saturday at the Etihad. Victory for either side would make them temporary log leaders before Manchester United play later in the day.
Neither of both managers would want to lose further ground to Jose Mourinho, who has been touted as the real threat in the league this term. Liverpool’s 4-0 thrashing for Arsenal before the international break would serve as a warning to City that havestruggled to win games so far.
City would still not have IlkayGundogan available as the player continues to work on his fitness levels following a serious knee injury last term. The team would have Kyle Walker after he served his one-match ban.