Sunday Social: All Blacks lose again and support pours in for Wallabies captain Michael Hooper

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 Credit: PA Images
Credit: PA Images

It is time for Planet Rugby’s Sunday Social, your quirky recap of the serious and not so serious talking points from the past week’s action.

Look away, All Blacks fans. This does not make for pretty reading as New Zealand slumped to their third biggest margin of defeat. Head coach Ian Foster would have woken up in a sweat this morning.

Theft in broad daylight! Malcolm Marx was sublime at the breakdown in his 50th Test for the Springboks as they downed the All Blacks 26-10 in Nelspruit. A brilliant take on his performance in this one!

Another good one on Marx’s performance here. Picking fruit at will was the hooker against a lacklustre All Blacks. The New Zealanders will take a while to live this one down.

Meanwhile, brilliant acting from the Springboks in this funny commercial as the game freezes for the supporter’s Wifi to catch up. South Africans will know this feeling far too well!

Class from former England captain Will Carling as he commends Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper for his courage to prioritise his mental health by withdrawing from the Argentina tour. Strength to the Australian legend during this time.

Later on Saturday, the commentator for the Argentina clash against the Wallabies did the game no good. Monotone and could have been a sleep-aid podcast.

Brutal! The commentary has been taken apart again. Hard to argue as a proper spectacle was ruined by a real lack of spirit and experience in front of the mic.

Analyst Squidge Rugby joins the discussion underlining the power of commentary in sport. There have to be changes for next week’s game.

Step aside, Tom Brady. Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper takes the crossbar challenge to different heights with this crazy overhead throw. A multi-talented individual indeed and it was sad to see him injured in Mendoza.

Elsewhere, a solid keep-up effort from the Harlequins lads in the pool as they build toward the new Premiership season. It looks like a great way to recover and get the spirits lifted.

Logivi’i Munipola looks at home around the fire as the Samoan international takes on the team chef role for the Newcastle Falcons. The Gordon Ramsey of rugby, if you will.

Life after rugby is not going so badly for former Wales captain Sam Warburton, who uses his muscle memory from jackalling to dig holes at the beach! Something you never lose indeed. Good on you, Sam.

Finally, poetry in motion. This big lad absolutely nails the drop goal from far out. Further proof that it is a props world, and we are just living in it.

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