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Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by Wil Chips Wil Chips wrote:

All I know is we must play Toulon. It's the law.
As ever, when we’re in the same competition, I’m hoping we play Bordeaux home and away. 🍷 
 
Funnily enough I had a nice bottle of pauillac this weekend and I agree with your suggestion Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote minded Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 September 2020 at 10:18am
So they've got with the Anglo-Welsh format except that it'll be the top 8 teams that have the most points that proceed to quarter-finals and not the winners of each pool.

I still think this is an awful and needless decision given they're doing home & away quarter-finals, it reduces the competition from 9 to 8 weeks yet all teams will see far less games in the knockouts.
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Apparently we’ll have either Bristol/Wasps and Racing/Toulon as our 2 opponents. Home and away. 

Edited by Mugwuffin - 02 September 2020 at 12:39pm
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Unprecedented times have called for unprecedented choices. It’s not as if all this is the standard for the future. The whole sporting calendar is in disarray. There was always gonna be one season things were different. 
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Pool stages: Tier 3 clubs play Tier 2 clubs from the other leagues

PRO14 PRL TOP14
Tier 1 Leinster Exeter Bordeaux-Begles
Edinburgh Sale Lyon
Tier 2 Munster Bristol  Racing 92
Ulster Wasps  Toulon
Tier 3 Scarlets  Bath La Rochelle
Glasgow Saints Clermont
Tier 4 Connacht Harlequins Toulouse
Dragons Gloucester Castres/Montpellier

So, if I've got this right, as it currently stands, we'll play Briz, Wasps, Racing & (naturellement) RCT in the pool stages, 2 home & 2 away. Cracking.


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Originally posted by NobbySosban NobbySosban wrote:

Pool stages: Tier 3 clubs play Tier 2 clubs from the other leagues

<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>PRO14<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>PRL<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>TOP14
Tier 1<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Leinster<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Exeter<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Bordeaux-Begles
<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>Edinburgh<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Sale<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>Lyon
Tier 2<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Munster<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Bristol<span style="white-space:pre">     </span> Racing 92
<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>Ulster<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Wasps<span style="white-space:pre">     </span> Toulon
Tier 3<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Scarlets<span style="white-space:pre">     </span> Bath<span style="white-space: pre;">          </span>La Rochelle
<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>Glasgow<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Saints<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Clermont
Tier 4<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Connacht<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Harlequins<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Toulouse
<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>Dragons<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Gloucester<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Castres/Montpellier

So, if I've got this right, as it currently stands, we'll play Briz, Wasps, Racing & (naturellement) RCT in the pool stages, 2 home & 2 away. Cracking.




Just noticed on the BBC article that after listing the Pro 14 sides it says "(rankings TBC at conclusion of current season)"
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Also the clubs ranked 5-8 in each pool will drop into the Challenge Cup round of 16.
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Originally posted by Fscarlet Fscarlet wrote:

Also the clubs ranked 5-8 in each pool will drop into the Challenge Cup round of 16.
 
sorry how many pools are there?
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Originally posted by RR1972 RR1972 wrote:

Originally posted by Fscarlet Fscarlet wrote:

Also the clubs ranked 5-8 in each pool will drop into the Challenge Cup round of 16.

 
sorry how many pools are there?


Two pools of 12 I think.
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Originally posted by NobbySosban NobbySosban wrote:

Pool stages: Tier 3 clubs play Tier 2 clubs from the other leagues

<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>PRO14<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>PRL<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>TOP14
Tier 1<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Leinster<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Exeter<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Bordeaux-Begles
<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>Edinburgh<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Sale<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>Lyon
Tier 2<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Munster<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Bristol<span style="white-space:pre">     </span> Racing 92
<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>Ulster<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Wasps<span style="white-space:pre">     </span> Toulon
Tier 3<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Scarlets<span style="white-space:pre">     </span> Bath<span style="white-space: pre;">          </span>La Rochelle
<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>Glasgow<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Saints<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Clermont
Tier 4<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Connacht<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Harlequins<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Toulouse
<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>Dragons<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Gloucester<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Castres/Montpellier

So, if I've got this right, as it currently stands, we'll play Briz, Wasps, Racing & (naturellement) RCT in the pool stages, 2 home & 2 away. Cracking.


I might have read it wrong but do we have either Bristol OR Wasps & Racing OR Toulon?
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Originally posted by NobbySosban NobbySosban wrote:

Pool stages: Tier 3 clubs play Tier 2 clubs from the other leagues

<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>PRO14<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>PRL<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>TOP14
Tier 1<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Leinster<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Exeter<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Bordeaux-Begles
<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>Edinburgh<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Sale<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>Lyon
Tier 2<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Munster<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Bristol<span style="white-space:pre">     </span> Racing 92
<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>Ulster<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Wasps<span style="white-space:pre">     </span> Toulon
Tier 3<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Scarlets<span style="white-space:pre">     </span> Bath<span style="white-space: pre;">          </span>La Rochelle
<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>Glasgow<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Saints<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Clermont
Tier 4<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Connacht<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Harlequins<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Toulouse
<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>Dragons<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Gloucester<span style="white-space:pre">     </span>Castres/Montpellier

So, if I've got this right, as it currently stands, we'll play Briz, Wasps, Racing & (naturellement) RCT in the pool stages, 2 home & 2 away. Cracking.




I could be wrong but I don't think that's right. If, for example, we were one of the tier 3 teams in Pool 1 then I read it that we would play the two tier 2 teams in Pool 1 who are not in the Pro 14 and we'd play them both home and away - so only playing two seperate clubs in the pool stages. Yes?
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EPRC have confirmed that no matter what happens in the Pro14 knockouts, Leinster are going to finish in tier 1.

So for example if we see a final of Munster vs Edinburgh, Leinster and Munster will be tier 1 with Edinburgh in tier 2 despite making the final.

Awful league fair play.
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Run BY the Irish, FOR the Irish.
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Originally posted by minded minded wrote:

EPRC have confirmed that no matter what happens in the Pro14 knockouts, Leinster are going to finish in tier 1.

So for example if we see a final of Munster vs Edinburgh, Leinster and Munster will be tier 1 with Edinburgh in tier 2 despite making the final.

Awful league fair play.

That would be a ridiculous situation. Time to leave our Irish friends behind and start an anglo-welsh league. 
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Originally posted by KID A KID A wrote:

Run BY the Irish, FOR the Irish.


Whoa now!! No need for talk like that!! It's not like they have appointed an Irish ref for the Edinburgh v Ulster match now....oh wait.
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Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Originally posted by minded minded wrote:

EPRC have confirmed that no matter what happens in the Pro14 knockouts, Leinster are going to finish in tier 1.

So for example if we see a final of Munster vs Edinburgh, Leinster and Munster will be tier 1 with Edinburgh in tier 2 despite making the final.

Awful league fair play.

That would be a ridiculous situation. Time to leave our Irish friends behind and start an anglo-welsh league. 
They've either U-turned now due to criticism or EPRC were incorrectly informing reporters of the situation:-
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