Championing at the Bit

The much anticipated draws for the European Cups was held yesterday and, almost without exception every head coach said that they were very happy with their pools and couldn’t wait.

I guess they had to say that though!


In the Champions Cup none of the pools look easy – although I suspect Wasps will be the happiest of the Premiership clubs.

Current champions Saracens have to play Toulon – winners in the three previous seasons.

The Pool winners plus the 3 best placed runners up will go into the quarter finals and the contest to be crowned the best club side in Europe starts in October.

In the Challenge Cup I think the most exciting group is Pool 4 which puts Bath against Cardiff and Bristol.

Pool 1: La Rochelle, Gloucester, Treviso, Bayonne

Pool 2: Ospreys, Grenoble, Newcastle, Lyon

Pool 3: Brive, Worcester, Newport Gwent Dragons, Enisei-STM

Pool 4: Cardiff Blues, Bath, Pau, Bristol

Pool 5: Harlequins, Edinburgh, Stade Francais, Timisoara

In Pool 3 the Dragons and Warriors will need to steel themselves for a trip to Siberia!

Some great games to look forward to – again!



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