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5 months 3 weeks ago #68820

So my absinthe-fuelled ravings were almost right, but we do get the excitement of a draw.
Pity they're all opponents we've played fairly recently. I'd still prefer Brive and Newcastle for the away trips. Not really much in it in terms of beatability.

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5 months 3 weeks ago #68821

They say that the distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success and your ravings are usually spot on.

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5 months 2 weeks ago #68824

Not sure there's more I need to see of Brive, nice enough place and craic was good last time but sorta peaked at Bar Basque...

Yeah Newcastle, yeah but nah because you know it'll be depths of winter and at my age hypothermia is now a real risk... B)

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5 months 2 weeks ago #68825

If it Paris, we'll need to find a new base.

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5 months 1 week ago #68829

Brive and Newcastle it is.

POOL A
Glasgow Warriors
RC Toulon
Bristol Bears
Connacht Rugby
Cardiff Rugby
CA Brive
Newcastle Falcons

Zebre Parma
USAP
Bath Rugby

POOL B
Scarlets
Section Paloise
Wasps
Lions
Benetton Rugby
Stade Francais Paris
Worcester Warriors
Dragons RFC
Bayonne
Cheetahs

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5 months 1 week ago #68830

It's probably the tougher of the two pools in terms of getting a high seeding for the last sixteen. You'd expect Glasgow, Toulon and Bristol to make hay in their various games against Zebre, Bath and Perpignan, which makes it a battle for the last home knockout game.
You'd be hoping that Van Graan can turn around Bath's fortunes sufficiently to take a few points off Toulon and Glasgow.

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5 months 1 week ago #68831

Jaysus these draws have gotten even more monotonous.
They could do the whole thing just by tossing a coin a bunch of times ...

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5 months 1 week ago #68832

Knockout Stage – Round of 16

2.7 The six highest-ranked clubs in Pool A, the six highest-ranked clubs in Pool B, and the 9th and 10th ranked clubs from each of the Heineken Champions Cup pools will qualify for the Round of 16. The four highest-ranked EPCR Challenge Cup qualifiers from each pool will have home advantage as follows:

R16 1: number 1-ranked club in ECC Pool A v number 6-ranked club in ECC Pool B
R16 2: number 2-ranked club in ECC Pool A v number 5-ranked club in ECC Pool B
R16 3: number 3-ranked club in ECC Pool A v number 10-ranked club in HCC Pool B
R16 4: number 4-ranked club in ECC Pool A v number 9-ranked club in HCC Pool B
R16 5: number 1-ranked club in ECC Pool B v number 6-ranked club in ECC Pool A
R16 6: number 2-ranked club in ECC Pool B v number 5-ranked club in ECC Pool A
R16 7: number 3-ranked club in ECC Pool B v number 10-ranked club in HCC Pool A
R16 8: number 4-ranked club in ECC Pool B v number 9-ranked club in HCC Pool A

Quarter-finals
2.8 Clubs with the higher rankings from the pool stage will have home venue advantage in the quarter-final matches as follows:

QF 1: winner R16 1 v winner R16 8
QF 2: winner R16 3 v winner R16 6
QF 3: winner R16 2 v winner R16 7
QF 4: winner 4 v winner Match 5

Semi-finals
2.9 Clubs with the higher rankings from the pool stage will have home venue advantage in the semi-final matches as follows:

SF 1: winner QF 1 v winner QF 2
SF 2: winner QF 3 v winner QF 4

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4 months 2 weeks ago #68840

Weekends confirmed

Dec 9-11 Connacht v Newcastle
Dec 16-18 Brive v Connacht
Jan 13-15 Connacht v Brive
Jan 20-22 Newcastle v Connacht

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2 months 1 day ago #68912

Thought we were getting fixture confirmations today but by the looks of it RTE jumped the gun in releasing their schedule.
ITV press release says they will confirm details later in the week so I presume the full fixtures will be out shortly.

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1 month 2 weeks ago #68938

Hard to know how the Premiership's woes will affect the Challenge Cup. Assuming Wasps go the way of Worcester (and everyone else survives), that would leave no English representative in Pool B and 3 in Pool A. The path of least resistance would be to just have their scheduled opponents play each other, so Dragons would play Lions and Benetton play Bayonne. Messes with the seedings a bit but it's fairer than handing out ten points to four random teams. The other option is just to keep inviting Currie Cup teams as the English drop out. So far our pool seems to be unaffected but the season is young ...

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1 month 2 weeks ago #68940

Sat Dec 10 5:30pm Pool A Connacht v Newcastle epcrugby.tv
Fri Dec 16 8pm Pool A Brive v Connacht epcrugby.tv
Sat Jan 14 5:30pm Pool A Connacht v Brive epcrugby.tv
Sat Jan 21 5:30pm Pool A Newcastle v Connacht epcrugby.tv

In terms of Pool B, I suspect the sides due to play Wasps & Worcester will just get the 10 points v bringing in new sides / tweaking the fixtures.

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1 month 3 days ago #68962

The Swiss Nigels have "fixed" the Pool B issue with Wasps and Worcester unfortunately no longer involved in the competition.

Pool of 8 with Dragons now playing the Lions and Pau and Benetton now playing Bayonne and Stade Francais.

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1 month 3 days ago #68963

This is the second time this season I have successfully gotten inside the minds of the EPCR. Frankly I am a little scared.

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