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7 years 2 months ago #29380

salmson wrote: I would think Moseley and Worcester can't be too happy either. No chance of them renaming themselves as the "Ricoh Dons"?


A lot of people won't be happy, not least their fans.
They'll be sent to Coventry (oh, wait).


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7 years 1 month ago #29443

Ercc launch going on atm. Photo of new trophies attached. French tv deal was signed yesterday and dates and times for rounds 3 and 4 will be released by end of week.

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7 years 1 month ago #29444

Here's a better picture. YouTube and google+ are to be digital partners. Apparently it's 70 cm high and 13.5 kg weight.

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7 years 1 month ago #29445

Massive kick in the teeth for the organisers where the only challenge cup team to bother turning up for the launch was us.


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7 years 1 month ago #29446

ummm, wrote: Massive kick in the teeth for the organisers where the only challenge cup team to bother turning up for the launch was us.


"Organisers". That's one word for 'em...

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7 years 1 month ago #29447

ummm, wrote: Massive kick in the teeth for the organisers where the only challenge cup team to bother turning up for the launch was us.

Aye, no Zebre, Edinburgh, Dragons or Blues was poor form

Poor JHW musta felt tad awkward on his own ha

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7 years 1 month ago #29455

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ummm, wrote: Poor JHW musta felt tad awkward on his own ha


I saw a picture on twitter with Jason sat down with a few other players looking fairly glum alright. Although I'd say the players feel a bit stupid at those things in general, hanging around in full kit.

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7 years 1 month ago #29457

Obviously everyone in the competition are too scared to play us.

Ah well sure if no-one else wants the cup we may as well take it home with us. :cheer:

Alternatively if they could give us a few extra points on the starting table for turning up today to give us a better chance at a home quarter final we'd also accept that as acceptable payment for the time and cost incurred today.

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7 years 1 month ago #29459

RonanL wrote: I saw a picture on twitter with Jason sat down with a few other players looking fairly glum alright. Although I'd say the players feel a bit stupid at those things in general, hanging around in full kit.


Aye here pic of him on his own..

..poor lad

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7 years 1 month ago #29521

Just noticed that the French TV deal includes one Challenge Cup game each weekend on French terrestrial TV.
If they were picking one from week 3/4, one of the Connacht v Bayonne games could well make the grade.
If so, the upside would be there would be coverage available, the downside would be probably an awkward kickoff time.


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7 years 1 month ago #29524

pinky wrote: Just noticed that the French TV deal includes one Challenge Cup game each weekend on French terrestrial TV.
If they were picking one from week 3/4, one of the Connacht v Bayonne games could well make the grade.
If so, the upside would be there would be coverage available, the downside would be probably an awkward kickoff time.


For the past four seasons, European Challenge Cup games have been shown live on France 4 on a THURSDAY NIGHT, to avoid a clash with other TV rights holders. It's mostly a Paris SF fixture but also other fallen giants such as Biarritz.

Best avoid having to travel for a Thurs night game..

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7 years 1 month ago #29526

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pinky wrote: Just noticed that the French TV deal includes one Challenge Cup game each weekend on French terrestrial TV.
If they were picking one from week 3/4, one of the Connacht v Bayonne games could well make the grade.
If so, the upside would be there would be coverage available, the downside would be probably an awkward kickoff time.


For the past four seasons, European Challenge Cup games have been shown live on France 4 on a THURSDAY NIGHT, to avoid a clash with other TV rights holders. It's mostly a Paris SF fixture but also other fallen giants such as Biarritz.

Best avoid having to travel for a Thurs night game..

Of the games those weekends, there are 2 all-French clashes but neither seem that mouthwatering (Bordeaux/Lyon and Brive/Oyonnax).
Newcastle/Paris would be an obvious choice so it could be between Connacht/Bayonne and Exeter/La Rochelle for the other weekend.
The Conquerors of Toulouse visiting the Jean Dauger could be the more marketable choice.
Would make a nice Thursday evening in the Dail but a head-wrecker of an away trip.


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7 years 1 month ago #29527

Most of the France 4 CC cup matches I've seen have featured an away English team. The French do so love to show one of theirs beating the auld enemy


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7 years 1 month ago #29529

ummm, wrote: Most of the France 4 CC cup matches I've seen have featured an away English team. The French do so love to show one of theirs beating the auld enemy


Good point, they will want the French team to be at home, and since Paris and Bayonne are home the same weekend, we might be spared the Thursday.


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7 years 1 month ago #29536

Bit late to the party but Jay was there so Connacht could represent the Pro 12 teams not in the ERCC. It was in the official email

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7 years 1 month ago #29537

ummm, wrote: Most of the France 4 CC cup matches I've seen have featured an away English team. The French do so love to show one of theirs beating the auld enemy


As it happens, I'm going to Gloucester v Brive Challenge Cup game next Thursday night in Kingsholm - switched for SKY TV.

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