Heineken Cup 2006/7

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by SmokeyMonkey, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. SmokeyMonkey

    SmokeyMonkey Guest

    Anyway the Heineken Cup kinda starts tommorow with the Dragons!!!, Biarritz, Munster and Sale. Which is similar to what we had last year.

    Anyway, if we don't win tomorrow I think I will just go and hang my self with my Dragons jersey!


    THE ACTUAL DRAW

    Pool One: Treviso, Perpignan, Wasps, Castres

    Pool Two: Edinburgh, Agen, Gloucester, Leinster

    Pool Three: Sale, Stade Francais, Calvisano, Ospreys

    Pool Four: Cardiff, Bourgoin, Leicester, Munster

    Pool Five: Ulster, Toulouse, London Irish, Llanelli

    Pool Six: Biarritz, Northampton, Parma, Border Reivers

    Heineken Cup schedule:

    Round One: 20-22 October
    Round Two: 27-29 October
    Round Three: 8-10 December
    Round Four: 15-17 December
    Round Five: 12-14 January
    Round Six: 19-21 January Quarter-finals: 30 March-1 April
    Semi-finals: 21-22 April
    Final: 19/20 May (Twickenham)
     
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  3. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    ;)
     
  4. harrison2468

    harrison2468 Guest

    Where is this Dragons match to? Italy or Wales?
     
  5. SmokeyMonkey

    SmokeyMonkey Guest

    It's in Wales, looks like they're going to rotate it every year.
     
  6. Well you've been pumped twice in your last 2 games, so it won't be easy. Never seen this Italy team play, but it's a potential bannana skin.
     
  7. Black-Monday

    Black-Monday Guest

    To be honest, I think the Dragons should walk it, they are up against a side with no Italian internationals, and we all know the great strength in depth the Top 10 has in Italy.

    BM
     
  8. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    Is this not a 2 leg match?
     
  9. loratadine

    loratadine Guest

    nope, one of winner takes all, i think the dragons will have too much, and win by 30 pts.

    parmas star player went to my school. hes there canadian lock
     
  10. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    I think this play off thing is a joke anyway, Dragons don't deserve to be in the HEC. Their league position proves that yet they get some get out of jail free card and all they have to do is beat the 3rd placed Italian Super 10 team, I know Cardiff had the same last year but they shouldn't have had the opportunity either
     
  11. loratadine

    loratadine Guest

    umm i disagree, who else should have there place?
     
  12. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    It should be a third Italian team, no one country should have all their teams in the one competition, at least 1 should have to play in the Challenge Cup so why should Wales be any different.
     
  13. gjohn85

    gjohn85 Guest

    I swear he's a Scarlets fan.

    Christ.... It only felt like a month ago when I was watching Cardiff Blues play a qualifying game against an Italian team (forgot who it was)
     
  14. loratadine

    loratadine Guest

    because the dragons are more competitve than the italian sides and should therefore have more teams in than the italians, thats like saying, why should eng or spain have 4 entrants to the cl when wales only have one.
     
  15. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    Well then on that argument you could say that the English and French teams playing in the Challenge Cup this season should have been in the HEC at the expense of some of the Welsh or Scottish teams.
     
  16. That's a good point.

    Gloucester and London Irish would have put in a good showing judging by this season, and Northampton stuffed the Dragons in whatever the **** domestic cup is called now (Mark Soden > Micheal Owen).

    I think three quarters of a nations teams getting into the competition is more than enough, I wouldn't see the harm in allowing the Italians another place. There is no way their club sides will become more competitive otherwise.
     
  17. SmokeyMonkey

    SmokeyMonkey Guest

    ...this would be a lot easier if my Dragons jersey wasn't short sleeved...
     
  18. harrison2468

    harrison2468 Guest

  19. loratadine

    loratadine Guest

    i didnt see the match but maybe its a blessing in disguise as there squad cannot compete on two major fronts.
     
  20. harrison2468

    harrison2468 Guest

    But there are bound to be financial implications now. The Dragons by the looks of it need to recruit wisely, especially as two of their best players in Forster and Luscombe have left now.
     
  21. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    Turner has been saying that there's 5 or 6 signings in the offing, be interesting to see how many of them actually sign now they won't be in the HEC
     
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