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Re: the Champions Cup

Post by Tigerbeat » Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:26 am

Pool stage dates
Round 1: 16/17/18/19 October 2014
Round 2: 23/24/25/26 October 2014
Round 3: 4/5/6/7 December 2014
Round 4: 11/12/13/14 December 2014
Round 5: 15/16/17/18 January 2015
Round 6: 22/23/24/25 January 2015
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Re: the Champions Cup

Post by biffer » Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:47 am

So the English and Welsh teams will not have had their own internationals with them for a month before the third round of ties? Bit of a handicap that. Was that the case last year as well? It was for the Taffs, not sure about the Morris Dancers :smt002

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Re: the Champions Cup

Post by jgriffin » Sat Jul 19, 2014 10:59 am

The RFU and WRU will make sure every handicap is placed in the way of the top clubs (apart from the ones that can afford two first teams), the WRU going to the extent, so far, of totally shafting those clubs.
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Re: the Champions Cup

Post by Cardiff Tig » Sat Jul 19, 2014 3:09 pm

On the other hand the Regions seem to want a large amount of money from the WRU. They are getting more money per region than each premiership club is from the RFU in their own agreement. Not sure how this is realistic seeing as the commercial draw of the welsh game and WRU can't be anywhere near as high as the RFU, just by going on MS capacity and population etc compared to England.

Not sure how many players each region contributes, but is it higher than Sarries/Saints/Tigers this season?

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Re: the Champions Cup

Post by arickett » Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:26 am

So have I missed the wfu's response or are the region's now officially on there own

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Re: the Champions Cup

Post by GT1 » Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:56 am

Heineken to be one of the sponsors of new comp!
http://www.espn.co.uk/european-rugby-ch ... 34317.html

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Re: the Champions Cup

Post by biffer » Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:08 pm

Given one or two slightly disparaging remarks about Turkish airlines earlier in this thread it'd be funny to see how people might react if they're a key partner of the new comp.

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Re: the Champions Cup

Post by h's dad » Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:38 pm

biffer wrote:Given one or two slightly disparaging remarks about Turkish airlines earlier in this thread it'd be funny to see how people might react if they're a key partner of the new comp.
I think one rather than two and definitely slightly if at all. I would welcome any major airline as an appropriate key partner (and certainly Europe's number six rather than the number two).
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Re: the Champions Cup

Post by GT1 » Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:41 am

Anyone heard anything about when these fixtures to be released? It's getting on a bit now with just over 2 months until first game :smt013

It was shown last season(with Montpelier leak) that clubs know a week in advance so any insiders info welcome :smt023

The fixtures were released on 22 July last year!!

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Re: the Champions Cup

Post by StanUpenfite » Fri Aug 01, 2014 4:39 pm

TomWeston wrote:If ever proof was needed that Baggy and his pal Snipe are trolls the evidence is here.

http://www.uafc.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2 ... 1&start=15

They even glory in getting themselves banned from the Scarlets forum!

I wonder which one is using the'stanupenfite' moniker?
None of them do!

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Re: the Champions Cup

Post by biffer » Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:02 pm

GT1 wrote:Anyone heard anything about when these fixtures to be released? It's getting on a bit now with just over 2 months until first game :smt013

It was shown last season(with Montpelier leak) that clubs know a week in advance so any insiders info welcome :smt023

The fixtures were released on 22 July last year!!
Aye, it's just a wee bit shambolic.

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Re: the Champions Cup

Post by h's dad » Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:19 am

I'm not sure but isn't this the first round:
Saracens v Munster
Clermont Auvergne v Sale Sharks
Leinster v Castres Olympique
Harlequins v Wasps
Toulon v Leicester Tigers
Ulster Rugby v Scarlets
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier
Bath Rugby v Toulouse
Northampton Saints v Racing Metro 92
Ospreys v Benetton Treviso
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Re: the Champions Cup

Post by Noddy555 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:38 am

Personally I'm not all that fazed by international matches, who pays the players wages or provides them with medical assistance when needed. Why of course it's the clubs. The stuffed shirts who run the English game couldn't give two figs for the clubs. I'm sure many of them hanker for the old days of amateurism when country came before club. We should get rid of these dinosaurs and concentrate on the club game.

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Re: the Champions Cup

Post by GT1 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 2:19 pm

H's dad what makes you think this is the first round fixtures?
In the words of BJ where's the link?
You really shouldn't post info unless 100% sure because of people booking flights/hotels etc!

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Re: the Champions Cup

Post by h's dad » Sat Aug 02, 2014 3:22 pm

GT1 wrote:H's dad what makes you think this is the first round fixtures?
In the words of BJ where's the link?
You really shouldn't post info unless 100% sure because of people booking flights/hotels etc!
I did put not sure for this one, please don't book your flights based on this post.

100% sure? Please be serious, nothing would ever happen. And when you ask specifically for insider information sometimes you just have to assume that the source is Bill's taxi driver.
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