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European Professional Club Rugby – Heineken Champions Cup – STSW’s Thoughts…


European Professional Club Rugby – Heineken Champions Cup

The opening couple of weeks of the prestigious competition have not been amazing for the English sides with only Saracens, Gloucester Rugby and Newcastle Falcons getting W’s in the first week.

Bath playing on home soil at the Recreation Ground narrowly missed out on a win in an amazing clash against Toulouse. Wasps, well Wasps suffered a loss… Exeter was able to secure a draw in a hard-fought game against Munster. Leicester were beaten away from home at Ulster. Result of the first week was undoubtedly on Sunday 14th October where Newcastle Falcons left the toon and ventured to Toulon where they fought for a win final score 25-26.

The following week was all in all a good weekend of rugby with an array of talent showcased amongst the European stadiums. It started at Welford Road on Friday 19th October where the Leicester Tigers clawed a win against the Scarlets and hopefully putting them in winning ways for the coming weeks, next round for the Tigers will be in France on Sunday 9th December at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir.

Wasps and Bath fought for 80 minutes and the outcome was a 35-35 draw and 10 tries scored in total. What an thriller afternoon of rugby at the Ricoh arena is was.

Saracens were able to secure a good win against Lyon at home with a 29-10 victory and Newcastle edged a win over Montpellier at Kingston Park.

Plenty to look forward to in the world of Rugby with the Autumn Internationals coming up…  England’s opponents will be South Africa (3 Nov), New Zealand (10 Nov), Japan (17 Nov) and Australia (24 Nov) staged at Twickenham. Let’s see if England and Eddie Jones can get a grip and regain some form.

The England Training squad are as follows : Forwards: (20) Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby), Michael Rhodes (Saracens), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Nick Schonert (Worcester Warriors), Brad Shields (Wasps), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons).  

Backs: (16) Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Nathan Earle (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Dan Robson (Wasps), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

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