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1 week 3 days ago #65689 by pinky
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Might be a bit early for this but I enjoyed typing in the subject so much :-)
We're now guaranteed to have more points than the third placed team in Conference B (Treviso or Edinburgh) so unless that team can win an away QF in Thomond or Scotstoun, we will avoid Pot 4 and give ourselves the chance of a winnable away game somewhere like Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Bath or Cardiff. The teams in Pot 2 won't be easy but there'll probably be a couple in there that wouldn't necessarily have you bricking yourself like Lyon and Gloucester (I don't want to go back there though, we've failed to ruin their %&£*ing day on too many occasions).
I suppose the easiest thing to do is just win the Pro14 and get ourselves into Pot 1.

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1 week 3 days ago - 1 week 3 days ago #65690 by connachta
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pinky wrote: Might be a bit early for this but I enjoyed typing in the subject so much :-)


I enjoyed read it sooo much too!
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1 week 3 days ago - 1 week 3 days ago #65691 by connachta
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Pot 3 is all right.
We've qualified to play big guns. We will. Very thin difference between the 3 favorite pots. And if we do ok, we will win at least once vs Pot 4 team
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1 week 3 days ago #65696 by Fourdogs
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pinky wrote: Might be a bit early for this but I enjoyed typing in the subject so much :-)
..........................we will avoid Pot 4 and give ourselves the chance of a winnable away game somewhere like Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Bath or Cardiff.


Pinky, ‘Cardiff’ does that no make the assumption that they will beat Ospreys in the last conference game and then beat Edinburgh in the 7th place playoffs?

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1 week 3 days ago #65697 by connachta
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They will IMO

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1 week 3 days ago #65698 by ConnachtCows
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Can we start talking about who we'd like to get/avoid?

Just want to avoid Toulouse from France - played them too often
Definitely dont want to play Saracens or Gloucester again.

Would be ok getting Clermont or Racing (from an away trip perspective)
I'd be happy going to Northampton or Bath as well

And then perhaps Edinburgh or Cardiff from the Pro 14

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1 week 3 days ago - 1 week 3 days ago #65699 by connachta
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Sarries would be nice.
We have had two memorable games, one we came short, one we were smashed.
Same for Exeter in a lesser extent

Clermont yes, La Rochelle too (probably qualified through Champions Cup anyway)
Lyon would be cool too.
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1 week 3 days ago - 1 week 2 days ago #65700 by mikey
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connachta wrote: Sarries would be nice.
We have had two memorable games, one we came short, one we were smashed.
Same for Exeter in a lesser extent

Clermont yes, La Rochelle too (probably qualified through Champions Cup anyway)
Lyon would be cool too.


Please, not Allianz Park. One trip there a few years back, a nightmare trip, especially for Bret Wilkinson. Worst home support I've had the misfortune to come across. Not in the least bit welcoming or friendly. As for the signage around the stadium exclaiming "Respect" etc etc, .Give me 'Quinns or Gloucester (despite a few awful results) any day!

Going to the Sportsgrounds is a bit like Mass:You stay until the players are off the pitch and never leave early!
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1 week 2 days ago #65710 by Sol_ie
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Can't say anything bad about Saracens supporters myself. Gentlemen to a t when they were over here a few years ago.

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1 week 2 days ago #65714 by pinky
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If the Premiership and Top14 tables stay as they are and the knockouts go with seedings then most likely we would have one of Toulouse/Clermont/Lyon and one of Exeter/Saracens/Gloucester. In that case I think I'd prefer Exeter and Lyon. Nice trips plus Lyon didn't even manage a bonus point in Europe this season so they are the team to get from that pot. Let's hope they stay ahead of Racing in third spot and win their barrage so they don't end up in our pot.
As a few people have said, it would be great to play in the La Defense Arena but on the other hand I can't see us winning there so maybe we can just pop in there as neutrals on the way home from somewhere else :-)

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1 week 2 days ago #65722 by Fourdogs
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Later start this year because of the World Cup. Start your planning for Marseille

EPCR weekends – 2019/20 season

The 2020 finals celebrating the culmination of the 25th season of European professional club rugby will be staged in Marseille on the weekend of 22/23 May.
Round 1: 15/16/17 November 2019
Round 2: 22/23/24 November 2019
Round 3: 6/7/8 December 2019
Round 4: 13/14/15 December 2019
Round 5: 10/11/12 January 2020
Round 6: 17/18/19 January 2020

Quarter-finals: 3/4/5 April 2020

Semi-finals: 1/2/3 May 2020

2020 finals – Stade de Marseille

Challenge Cup final – Friday 22 May
Heineken Champions Cup final – Saturday 23 May
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4 days 11 hours ago #65877 by pinky
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Well that's La Rochelle confirmed into the draw anyway ...
Le General Humbert anyone?

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4 days 6 hours ago #65880 by neill_m
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pinky wrote: Well that's La Rochelle confirmed into the draw anyway ...
Le General Humbert anyone?


Was there last season with Ulster. Mad place, great food and drink. Humbert v good as was McNultys down at the harbour.

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17 hours 2 minutes ago #65925 by Tall Paul
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we need a bigger squad than 45.
4 European games in a month pre Christmas 3 inter pro over Christmas


quote="Fourdogs" post=65722]Later start this year because of the World Cup. Start your planning for Marseille

EPCR weekends – 2019/20 season

The 2020 finals celebrating the culmination of the 25th season of European professional club rugby will be staged in Marseille on the weekend of 22/23 May.
Round 1: 15/16/17 November 2019
Round 2: 22/23/24 November 2019
Round 3: 6/7/8 December 2019
Round 4: 13/14/15 December 2019
Round 5: 10/11/12 January 2020
Round 6: 17/18/19 January 2020

Quarter-finals: 3/4/5 April 2020

Semi-finals: 1/2/3 May 2020

2020 finals – Stade de Marseille

Challenge Cup final – Friday 22 May
Heineken Champions Cup final – Saturday 23 May[/quote]

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