Sunday Social: New Year’s celebrations, retirements and memorable tackles

Sunday Social image 1 January 2022.jpg Credit: Alamy
Sunday Social image 1 January 2022.jpg Credit: Alamy

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.

We begin at Murrayfield, where Glasgow Warriors went into 2023 celebrating their 48-35 aggregate victory over Edinburgh which saw them reclaiming the 1872 Cup from their arch rivals.

Bayonne also went into the new year in a celebratory mood after sealing a memorable home victory over Toulon in the Top 14.

There were more celebrations in England, where Saracens ended 2022 sitting pretty at the top of the Premiership table after clinching a comfortable win over Exeter Chiefs at the StoneX Stadium.

Meanwhile, former England scrum-half Joe Simpson played the final game of his career in Sale Sharks‘ record win over Premiership champions Leicester Tigers on Friday night. He lined up a shot at goal as the final act of that match – and his career – and although it was off target, he was very popular amongst his team-mates after the final whistle.

Before that game, Simpson, who also represented Wasps, Gloucester, Saracens, Bath, gave an interview in which he revealed what he will miss about being a professional player.

Elsewhere, England and Harlequins forward Shaunagh Brown also waved goodbye to the game after Quins’ victory over Bristol Bears in a Premier 15s game earlier in the week and she was in a reflective mood after that match.

Brown enjoyed a richly deserved break from the game with her retirement breakfast the following day.

In other news, Bristol Bears and USA fly-half AJ MacGinty is now making a habit of stopping Springboks in their tracks with tap tackles, after initially doing it to Harlequins’ Bok centre, Andre Esterhuizen.

While on the subject of tackling… Brive’s Daniel Brennan got so excited after a late win for his team that he mowed down one of his own team-mates.

Check out this team’s lineout trick play which caught their opponents napping and helped them to score a try.

And finally, this guy is clearly not a fan of the administrators in charge at the Welsh Rugby Union.

READ MORE: United Rugby Championship: Glasgow Warriors secure 1872 Cup after victory over Edinburgh at Murrayfield

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