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5 months 3 days ago #55109 by connemara man
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Much happier with this format, the league will work better for it. And any run in the challenge cup has a genuine benefit at the end with a spot in the Champions cup.
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5 months 3 days ago #55110 by pinky
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It means that Champions Cup rugby every season is a realistic goal for Connacht, and that should have a positive effect on recruitment.
Based on this season's table it's a reduction of 15 points in the qualification mark (and 7, 7 and 14 in the previous 3 seasons).

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5 months 3 days ago - 5 months 3 days ago #55113 by thehoneybadger
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On a side note I was at the final in Edinburgh last weekend and the Enisei team paraded the ERC shield the won that morning at half time. They've qualified for the Challenge Cup next season on the back of it. They looked pretty chuffed! Tried to attach a photo there but it didn't work....
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5 months 3 days ago #55115 by mahick
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thehoneybadger wrote: On a side note I was at the final in Edinburgh last weekend and the Enisei team paraded the ERC shield the won that morning at half time. They've qualified for the Challenge Cup next season on the back of it. They looked pretty chuffed! Tried to attach a photo there but it didn't work....


Caught the Continental Shield game on an erc thread last Saturday. Had to cheer on our old pals Enisei, and you're right thehoneybadger, it meant so much to them. Delighted to see them do the walkabout with the shield at half time of the Final.
BOTH Enisei and Krasno Yar are in the Challenge Cup, so if we don't do the business tomorrow we may have another long journey next season..!!

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5 months 3 days ago #55116 by The IMF
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Personally disappointed we wont see any Italian clubs in the top tier of european rugby for the foreseeable. I would've liked to have seen the introduction of a development / transfer "tax" imposed on clubs who continually pluck the best italian players from their clubs sides and then complain about the lack of quality in Italian rugby.
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5 months 1 day ago - 5 months 1 day ago #55220 by connachta
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New rules :
What happens if BOTH Challenge Cup winner AND finalist are qualified through their League?
Exceptional play-off?

Edit : could well happen on a regular basis, for example 2 within 3 of LaRochelle, Ospreys or Bath, who weren't far this season
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5 months 1 day ago #55221 by Shelflife
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It used to be that the next best position in their league would qualify.

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5 months 1 day ago - 5 months 1 day ago #55222 by connachta
connachta replied to the topic: Champions Cup Qualification 2017/18
So we'll have to pray for Cardiff winning it as they did in the past. Straight into ChampionsCup if we manage to finish 8th as high as this year.
Lack of ambition, you'd say, but still a reasonable possibility
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5 months 1 day ago #55223 by connachta
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Shelflife wrote: It used to be that the next best position in their league would qualify.


And could be by "national Unions", not leagues. Even if it's unliklier than a play-off IMO

It's weird it wasn't sorted out, though

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5 months 1 day ago - 5 months 1 day ago #55224 by Siob
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Could have a play-off between the losing semi-finalists, don't know how you'd sort home advantage though.
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4 months 4 weeks ago #55253 by Connnnnacht
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Siob wrote: Could have a play-off between the losing semi-finalists, don't know how you'd sort home advantage though.


And what happens if the 2 of them have qualified?!

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4 months 4 weeks ago #55261 by Siob
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Connnnnacht wrote:

Siob wrote: Could have a play-off between the losing semi-finalists, don't know how you'd sort home advantage though.


And what happens if the 2 of them have qualified?!


Everyone left picks a number between 1 and 23, whoever's right gets the spot...

It would be a very strange year if that happened, 2 out of 4 this year, neither in the final

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