The Blues and Crusaders are the only unbeaten teams in New Zealand’s Super Rugby competition, after the Crusaders won their grudge match against the Chiefs 18-13 in Christchurch on Sunday. In wet, greasy conditions, Will Jordan scored twice for the Crusaders to give them two wins from two matches and extended their unbeaten home record to 35. The Blues, who have played an extra game, notched their third win on Saturday when they held off a hard-finishing Otago Highlanders 27-24.
The Special One is the centre of attention in the Premier League once again this weekend, as Jose Mourinho puts his Tottenham side up against former club Manchester United. While Spurs are wheezing their way towards the end of the season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have perked up markedly ahead of their trip to north London. Tottenham have dropped to eighth in the EPL table having gone three without a win, while also being booted out of the Uefa Champions
This weekend’s Six Nations fixtures could play a critical role in the top bands seeds for the 2023 Rugby World Cup draw. Wales and France can both climb in the rankings. Scotland face the prospect of dropping out of the second band of seeds for the draw. Below are the permutations for the two Six Nations fixtured scheduled over the weekend, as per World Rugby’s calculations. England (third) vs Wales (sixth) England cannot catch New Zealand (or the Springboks, obviously).
The 2020 Vancouver Sevens kicks off on Saturday with the Blitzbooks looking to continue where they left off in Los Angeles. They’ve been grouped with England, Argentina and Japan. Pool B sees reigning Olympic Champions Fiji drawn with France, hosts Canada and Wales, who are currently occupying the relegation position and will be looking to pick up more points in the second half of the series. Current Series leaders New Zealand are drawn in Pool C and will face Ireland,
Manchester’s noisy neighbours collide on Sunday as the English Premier League continues to build towards its climax. United and City clash at Old Trafford with the battle for European qualification having taken an unexpected twist in recent weeks. The continental ban meted out to Pep Guardiola’s reigning EPL champions has opened the door to the Red Devils reaching the top table of European football even with a fifth-placed finish. All the more incentive to continue their four-match unbeaten run against