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6 months 1 week ago #66245

GTTC wrote: Anyone know when the fixtures will be announced?


Late July I guess.


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6 months 1 week ago #66246

Thanks,

2 mates have moved to Pro14 cities so going to make use of the free accommodation!

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5 months 3 weeks ago #66261

pinky wrote: Based on the allegedly proposed conference re-jig, it turns out that all that would change is that Ospreys go into B and Scarlets join us in A.
So basically instead of merging, they just swap places :-)


Simon Thomas believes otherwise:

Conference A
Glasgow (Scotland 1)

Leinster (Ireland 2)

Ulster (Ireland 3)

Ospreys (Wales 1)

Dragons (Wales 4)

Zebre (Italy 2)

Cheetahs (South Africa 1)

Conference B
Edinburgh (Scotland 2)

Munster (Ireland 1)

Connacht (Ireland 4)

Cardiff Blues (Wales 2)

Scarlets (Wales 3)

Benetton (Italy 1)

Southern Kings (South Africa 2)


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Lose Zebre and gain Benetton. Yay.

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5 months 3 weeks ago #66262

If that's the way it is that's more good than bad for us:

Positives:
Lose Cheetahs, get Kings
Lose Glasgow, get Edinburgh
Lose Ospreys, get Scarlets (this one's fairly marginal, there's bugger all difference between the Welsh sides, Dragons asides).

Negative:
Lose Zebre, get Treviso

Edit: Or put more simply, 4 of this season's playoff teams in the other conference, and just 2 in ours.

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5 months 3 weeks ago #66263

Scarlets replacing the Hairsprays isn't necessarily better for us as they surely can't be as shite as last season. They've a new coach arriving from the Crusaders so you'd expect a bit of a performance bounce.

Edinburgh & Benneton are tough, gritty teams too so they'd be pretty bruising encounters home & away. In saying that, I'd be relishing the chance to stuff it to Cockerill after his comments from the time we played Edinburgh last September. In the immortal words of Kevin Keegan "I would LOVE IT if we beat them". :P

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5 months 3 weeks ago #66264

Evil_g wrote:
Simon Thomas believes otherwise:


Well, in fairness it was Simon Thomas we were all quoting in the first place. He seems to have good sources, but tends to print everything he hears.
If his latest "likely scenario" is more accurate than his last, then it kinda makes a mockery of the whole idea of the conferences being based on finishing positions in the previous season, if they don't decide who goes with whom until after the season is over. Basically the rule seems to be the Irish and Welsh teams are assigned based on position (1 and 4 from one with 2 and 3 from the other) and then the others are decided by committee.
No real complaints on how it's worked out though. No Glasgow is a bonus but I reckon Treviso are the real team to avoid - their extra two games against Zebre will give them a bit of a head start. Should be a competitive conference. Even if Munster pull away and Kings implode, there should be some good battles for positions 2-6.
I make it three playoff teams each salmson, but the other one has three of the bookies' four favourites.


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5 months 3 weeks ago #66268

The rumoured conferences have been confirmed and will be in place for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.

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5 months 3 weeks ago #66269

Hard to know what to make of them, they seem fairer but probably will still be very tricky

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5 months 3 weeks ago #66270

B looks more open, you could make a case for 6/7 sides having a shot re the playoffs.

A looks like either Ulster/Ospreys maybe Cheetahs joining Leinster and Glasgow in playoffs.

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5 months 3 weeks ago #66271

Ya B is definitely the more open, for us having Glasgow was almost a blessing in disguise because they gave so few points away to other sides, now teams can pick up points all over the place, but in turn could drop them almost anywhere too, we'll have to be on form at home and hope to get a good fixture list v the conference A sides, as there aren't a pile of easy away fixtures v our own conference . Overall I'd be quietly confident we can match last season in the league, if not a little better.

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4 months 3 weeks ago #66336

Fixtures out this week. Confirmed by the league on twitter.

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4 months 3 weeks ago #66338

Wednesday at 1pm for the fixtures. Rounds 1-20 being confirmed.

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4 months 3 weeks ago #66339

Fixtures are out

3 home Friday night (19:35) games:
Leinster (Nov 8th)
Scarlets (Mar 20th)
Glasgow (Apr 10th)

4 home Saturday night (19:35) games:
Treviso (Oct 5th)
Cardiff (Feb 15th)
Ulster (Apr 25th)
Edinburgh (May 16th)

3 Saturday evening (17:15) games:
Cheetahs (Oct 26th)
Kings (Nov 30th)
Munster (Dec 21st)

Really happy with the times, and Fridayness of some games

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4 months 3 weeks ago #66340

www.connachtrugby.ie/2019-20-guinness-pro14-fixtures-released/

Just 10 home games this year.

7 on Saturday, 3 on Friday.

Most at 1935; the first 7 are all proper nightime fixtures (as in it's dark by kickoff).

Of the teams we only play once, we have Dragons, Zebre & Ospreys away; Cheetahs & Glasgow at home. I'll take that.

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4 months 3 weeks ago #66341

Mixed feelings about those fixtures; November through the end of January is a a real murder's row of fixtures- mess up against Kings and we could be looking at nearly four months without a win. Upside is if we get over that period intact we could really push on towards the end of the season.

Friday night games are always going to divide opinions: on one hand the atmosphere tends to be good, downside is they're a bit of an FU to any fans outside of Galway. Tough sell saying 30% of your season's ticket is unavailable to you if you live outside of Galway and are unwilling/unable to take time off work to attend.

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4 months 3 weeks ago #66342

That's a bit of a negative take Accidentally Onside - 4 months without a win?? We should be expecting to top our group. There's no outstanding team in it now that Glasgow are gone and any two of Edinburgh, Munster, Cardiff, and ourselves should be looking to qualify for the semi-finals.

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