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harrison2468
23-06-05, 05:21 PM
European Challenge Cup 2005 / 2006 Pools

Pool 1: Viadana, Narbonne, Northampton Saints, Bristol

Pool 2: Agen, London Irish, Rugby Parma, Pau

Pool 3: Gloucester, Bayonne, Toulon, Bucuresti

Pool 4: The Borders, Brive, Newcastle Falcons, L’Aquila

Pool 5: Connacht, Montpellier, Worcester, Amatori Catania


Set up 4 the fans whose teams dont have the HEC luxury this season. http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif

I personally like Pool 1. Guess why?! http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif Probably the "group of death" pool in the competition. Definitelty full of quality.

SaintsFan_Webby
23-06-05, 07:05 PM
How many go through from each group? Is it the top team from each group plus 3 best placed runners up?

No offense Bristol fans, but I would expect Saints to take Group 1 comfortably.


My expected group winners:

Group 1 - Northampton Saints
Group 2 - Agen
Group 3 - Gloucester
Group 4 - Newcastle Falcons
Group 5 - Worcester

Bullitt
23-06-05, 07:10 PM
Saints and Worcester in the final than.

harrison2468
24-06-05, 05:12 PM
Originally posted by SaintsFan_Webby@Jun 24 2005, 07:05 AM
No offense Bristol fans, but I would expect Saints to take Group 1 comfortably.
Im not going to disagree, damn there r 2 many Saints fans on this forum! http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif

Bristol&#39;s main aim is survival this season, which is very achievable. Anything else is an added bonus. I wouldn&#39;t count us out, and the 2 teams shall known each other reasonably well, but u r favorites. Just don&#39;t do a Los before/after any of the matches and I will be content. http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif

SaintsFan_Webby
24-06-05, 05:17 PM
Originally posted by harrison2468+Jun 24 2005, 06:12 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (harrison2468 @ Jun 24 2005, 06:12 PM)</div>
<!--QuoteBegin-SaintsFan_Webby@Jun 24 2005, 07:05 AM
No offense Bristol fans, but I would expect Saints to take Group 1 comfortably.
Im not going to disagree, damn there r 2 many Saints fans on this forum! http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif

Bristol&#39;s main aim is survival this season, which is very achievable. Anything else is an added bonus. I wouldn&#39;t count us out, and the 2 teams shall known each other reasonably well, but u r favorites. Just don&#39;t do a Los before/after any of the matches and I will be content. http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif [/b]
I couldn&#39;t be that bad if I tried. I honestly expected Bristol to be our main contender, as the other teams in the group don&#39;t look that strong.

harrison2468
24-06-05, 05:39 PM
For the total competition, it probably is the strongest (group 1) as it has Italy&#39;s top seeds and a decent French side in aswell. Pool 2 is quite strong but the rest are quite weak overall.

Is it a different format from last year?

DonBilly
27-06-05, 06:55 AM
Originally posted by SaintsFan_Webby@Jun 24 2005, 07:05 AM
How many go through from each group? Is it the top team from each group plus 3 best placed runners up?

No offense Bristol fans, but I would expect Saints to take Group 1 comfortably.


My expected group winners:

Group 1 - Northampton Saints
Group 2 - Agen
Group 3 - Gloucester
Group 4 - Newcastle Falcons
Group 5 - Worcester
Well I agree with you for all the pools but Pool 5, if Montpellier take this competition seriously in consideration they will top their pool. From what I&#39;ve seen of the ZP and Top16 I think Montpellier is better than Worcester.

SaintsFan_Webby
27-06-05, 04:44 PM
Originally posted by DonBilly+Jun 27 2005, 07:55 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (DonBilly @ Jun 27 2005, 07:55 AM)</div>
<!--QuoteBegin-SaintsFan_Webby@Jun 24 2005, 07:05 AM
How many go through from each group? Is it the top team from each group plus 3 best placed runners up?

No offense Bristol fans, but I would expect Saints to take Group 1 comfortably.


My expected group winners:

Group 1 - Northampton Saints
Group 2 - Agen
Group 3 - Gloucester
Group 4 - Newcastle Falcons
Group 5 - Worcester
Well I agree with you for all the pools but Pool 5, if Montpellier take this competition seriously in consideration they will top their pool. From what I&#39;ve seen of the ZP and Top16 I think Montpellier is better than Worcester. [/b]
They could well do, I don&#39;t know much about Montpellier, but Worcester have strengthened their squad considerably for this season, so could prove to be quite a challenge.