European Challenge Cup

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by harrison2468, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. harrison2468

    harrison2468 Guest

    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. [​IMG]

    I personally like Pool 1. Guess why?! [​IMG] Probably the "group of death" pool in the competition. Definitelty full of quality.
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  3. 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
  4. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    Saints and Worcester in the final than.
  5. harrison2468

    harrison2468 Guest

    Im not going to disagree, damn there r 2 many Saints fans on this forum! [​IMG]

    Bristol's main aim is survival this season, which is very achievable. Anything else is an added bonus. I wouldn't count us out, and the 2 teams shall known each other reasonably well, but u r favorites. Just don't do a Los before/after any of the matches and I will be content. [​IMG]
  6. I couldn't be that bad if I tried. I honestly expected Bristol to be our main contender, as the other teams in the group don't look that strong.
  7. harrison2468

    harrison2468 Guest

    For the total competition, it probably is the strongest (group 1) as it has Italy'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?
  8. DonBilly

    DonBilly Guest

    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've seen of the ZP and Top16 I think Montpellier is better than Worcester.
  9. They could well do, I don't know much about Montpellier, but Worcester have strengthened their squad considerably for this season, so could prove to be quite a challenge.
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