Heineken Cup

Its Not Luck…Great Teams Are Great For A Reason

For a number of reasons I didn’t get to see the Sale Munster game till gone midnight Saturday night. I’d even followed the ‘Likely Lads’ script of not finding out the score all day so I could fully enjoy the occasion. Not having the greatest belief that we would get much out of this European campaign, I was ever so …

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Saracens v Clermont Auvergne – A whole different game!

Having had a nightmare journey to Allianz Park the previous week I set off in plenty of time for the 1st European fixture of the new era.  Lunch with fellow Saracens fans was the plan, the very deceptive Metro restaurant next to the ground looks no more than a cafe yet it has a superb Italian menu.  I’d highly recommend …

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The Final Countdown….Europe

And so the European Rugby Champions Cup (sponsored by Heineken, but NOT the Heineken Cup you understand) is finally with is. As of Friday the 20 top rugby teams in Europe do battle to once again be crowned the best of the best. The ‘Haves’ and ‘Have Nots’ of European rugby face off over the coming months, all hoping to …

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European Champions Cup Betting Preview

Northampton can take Toulon’s crown Friday night see’s the start of a new chapter in  European rugby as the Heineken Cup is replaced by the European Champions Cup. Heavyweights from across the continent will do battle and aim to wrestle the crown away from two time winners Toulon.The defending champions are rightfully the favourites for the competition and should be …

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Champions Cup Qualification Change

The inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup has had little media attention in its build up, the distraction of domestic leagues has done little good for the new competition. A gradual hype would really raise its awareness for part time supporters and fans. The new changes are somewhat controversial, yet should benefit the Pro 12 clubs. Now, the highest ranked Pro12 …

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Leading French Figures Propose O’Driscoll as President of EPCR

Leading French figures have proposed that Irish legend Brian O’Driscoll takes on the role of President of EPCR as a compromise to the organisers current issues. Leading figures in the French Federation de Rugby (FFR) and Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) have proposed O’Driscoll as the perfect compromise to alleviate the various warring factions within the organisation. [adsenseyu1] Currently just …

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EPCR Left Embarrassed After Being Forced to Hire Displaced ERC Staff

In a richly ironic development, and an indication of the difficulties which EPCR have encountered is that they have been obliged to subcontract the running of the inaugural tournament to around 16 or 17 staff from the ERC, the very organisation which all the leading protagonists of the Anglo-French clubs’ breakaway had insisted should have no further hand in the …

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