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Any confirmation that French v non-French will go ahead?

Anyway...

Cardiff v Quins
Castres
v Munster

Wasps v Toulouse
Ospreys v Racing
Connacht
v Leicester
La Rochelle v Bath
Exeter v Glasgow
Bristol v Stade

Leinster v Montpellier
Northampton v Ulster
Bordeaux
v Scarlets
Clermont v Sale

aka 'Prem clubs to struggle to travel again, except to Wales'. Castres-Munster and Connacht-Leicester probably the closest.
 

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Any confirmation that French v non-French will go ahead?
Sanderson did an interview yesterday where he said Sale will definitely be travelling to Clermont - sounds like the visa and quarantine issues have been solved
 

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Munster fans playing down our chances, but I am not entirely sure if Castres will put out a strong side against us, in which case I would expect us to win. They have some big games coming up in Top 14, have lost their first 2 European games, both of which they played seconds teams in, and will probably want to avoid Covid to too many of their frontliners. They'll probably still be a very tough side to put away, and I know they're a nightmare at home, but I think we will take it.

Will know soon enough, but I imagine we will go with a pretty settled side, with Hodnett and Crowley starting. De Allende is touch and go for fitness and I would say the likes of Kendellen may feature from the bench.

Logic says Connacht are in pretty good form and should back this god domestic form up with a statement European performance at home. History says Connacht will underperform and fall off in the second half.
 

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Munster fans playing down our chances, but I am not entirely sure if Castres will put out a strong side against us, in which case I would expect us to win. They have some big games coming up in Top 14, have lost their first 2 European games, both of which they played seconds teams in, and will probably want to avoid Covid to too many of their frontliners. They'll probably still be a very tough side to put away, and I know they're a nightmare at home, but I think we will take it.

Will know soon enough, but I imagine we will go with a pretty settled side, with Hodnett and Crowley starting. De Allende is touch and go for fitness and I would say the likes of Kendellen may feature from the bench.

Logic says Connacht are in pretty good form and should back this god domestic form up with a statement European performance at home. History says Connacht will underperform and fall off in the second half.
Well we are missing a few too and Castres away is never an easy game.
 

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Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Jack Crowley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Fineen Wycherley, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Jack O’Donoghue, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Jean Kleyn, John Hodnett, Craig Casey, Jake Flannery, Shane Daly.

Few things. Surprised Hodnett isn't starting tbh, he's been very good of late. Kleyn is clearly not fully fit or he walks in. I'd almost have left Ahern in to start and let Wycherley drop, but he has some dog in him, which will be handy. We will miss Damo big time. Him being injured will give Flannery a big chance off the bench though. Also surprised we didn't go 6/2 split on the bench. Archy just shouldn't be starting this game given how he's played recently, but I expected it. Would have liked Josh Wych on the bench as well.
 

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Leinster Rugby team v Montpellier (caps in brackets):

15. Hugo Keenan (36)
14. Jordan Larmour (67)
13. Garry Ringrose (92)
12. Ciarán Frawley (42)
11. Jimmy O’Brien (38)
10. Ross Byrne (111)
9. Jamison Gibson-Park (106)

1. Andrew Porter (82)
2. Rónan Kelleher (30)
3. Tadhg Furlong (118)
4. Ross Molony (123)
5. James Ryan (53) CAPTAIN
6. Caelan Doris (45)
7. Josh van der Flier (104)
8. Jack Conan (107)

Replacements:

16. Dan Sheehan (19)
17. Cian Healy (238)
18. Michael Ala’alatoa (7)
19. Rhys Ruddock (196)
20. Max Deegan (71)
21. Luke McGrath (158)
22. Johnny Sexton (176)
23. James Lowe (57)

Referee – Wayne Barnes (RFU)
 

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No surprises there
 

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(15-9) Mike Lowry, Robert Baloucoune, James Hume, Stewart Moore, Ethan McIlroy, Billy Burns, Nathan Doak;

(1-8) Andrew Warwick, Rob Herring, Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor (Capt.), Kieran Treadwell, Marcus Rea, Nick Timoney, Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: John Andrew, Eric O’Sullivan, Tom O’Toole, Sam Carter, Greg Jones, David Shanahan, Ian Madigan, Ben Moxham.
 

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15. Axel Bevia, 14. Pierre Lucas, 13. Thomas Darmon, 12. Karl Martin, 11. Josua Vici, 10. Louis Foursans, 9. Gela Aprasidze, 1. Mikheil Nariashvili, 2. Guilhem Guirado (c), 3. Henry Thomas, 4. Tyler Duguid, 5. Mickael Capelli, 6. Masivesi Dakuwaqa, 7. Florian Verhaeghe, 8. Marco Tauleigne.

Replacements:

16. Vincent Giudicelli, 17. Robert Rodgers, 18. ***i Lamositele, 19. Alexandre Becognee, 20. Aubin Eymeri, 21. Paul Vallée, 22. Nico Janse van Rensburg, 23. Zach Mercer

Be interesting to see how Karl Martin gets on. Was highly rated but didn't get an academy offer straight out of school so went over to Montpellier. Suppose its working form him if he's starting in Europe at 19 even if it is Covid enforced.
 

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Be interesting to see how Karl Martin gets on. Was highly rated but didn't get an academy offer straight out of school so went over to Montpellier. Suppose its working form him if he's starting in Europe at 19 even if it is Covid enforced.
I just hope the other players are nice to him
 

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Dany PRISO, Pierre BOURGARIT, Uini ATONIO, Romain SAZY, Rémi PICQUETTE, Paul BOUDEHENT, Rémi BOURDEAU, Greg ALLDRITT (cap), Tawera KERR-BARLOW, Pierre POPELIN, Raymond RHULE, Jonathan DANTY, Jérémy SINZELLE, Dillyn LEYDS, Brice DULIN

Le banc : Facundo BOSCH, Léo AOUF, Guram PAPIDZE, Thomas LAVAULT, Mathieu TANGUY, Jules LE BAIL, Jules PLISSON, Pierre BOUDEHENT




15 Ruaridh McConnochie, 14 Tom Prydie, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Max Clark, 11 Will Muir, 10 Cameron Redpath, 9 Ben Spencer
1 Juan Schoeman, 2 Tom Doughty, 3 D’Arcy Rae, 4 Josh McNally, 5 Charlie Ewels ©, 6 Tom Ellis, 7 Ewan Richards, 8 Josh Bayliss

16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Valery Morozov, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Will Spencer, 20 Mike Williams, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Will Butt, 23 Gabriel Hamer-Webb


Not a hint of being last-man standing there, not at all.
 

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Is this his first start at 10?
After almost a year on the sidelines
For us, yes.
But then, he's the closest thing to a FH we have upright.

Except Worboys, who isn't registered for EPRC

Not that were desperate or anything.
 

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Quins forgetting that you've actually go to defend, not just attack
 

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