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European Champions Cup Round 4 Predictions

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We’ve put together our predictions for scores and possible bonus points for the 2nd half of the back to back fixtures in Round 4 of the Champions Cup.

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Gloucester v Exeter

We’re expecting a big backlash from the Chiefs this weekend. It would have been unheard for them to go 3 losses in succession. 

Prediction – Exeter Win (+ 7) , Gloucester losing Bonus Point

RESULT – Gloucester 17 – Exeter 29 – 

Prediction – Correct

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Ulster v Scarlets

We’re finding it hard to see past an Ulster win in Belfast. Scarlets Europeans hopes for the season are all but over. 

Prediction – Ulster Bonus Point Win (+15)

RESULT – Ulster 30 – Scarlets 15  

Prediction – Correct

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Glasgow v Lyon

Glasgow put in a huge performance last week in Lyon. Typically the French don’t travel well and we expect a comfortable Glasgow win.

Prediction – Glasgow Bonus Point Win (+20)

RESULT – Glasgow 21 – Lyon 10  

Prediction – Correct

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Cardiff v Saracens

Cardiff took a heavy defeat in London last weekend and we can’t see it getting any easier this weekend. 

Prediction – Saracens Bonus Point Win (+25)

RESULT – Cardiff 14 – Saracens 26  

Prediction – Correct

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Toulouse v Wasps

The french side put away Wasps last weekend without too much trouble. Wasps bad injury run continues with a few more added to the injury list this week. 

Prediction – Toulouse Bonus Point Win (+18)

RESULT – Toulouse 42 – Wasps 27  

Prediction – Correct

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Leinster v Bath

Leinster certainly weren’t at their best last weekend in Bath. We expect a massive performance this weekend from Leo Cullen’s men and can’t see Bath having what’s needed to prevent an onslaught in Dublin.

Prediction – Leinster Bonus Point Win (+28)

RESULT – Leinster 42 – Bath 15  

Prediction – Correct

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Castres v Munster

Predicting this will be the tie of the round. Could see it going either way but we have to pick one side.

Prediction – Castres win (+3) , Munster losing Bonus Point

RESULT – Castres 13 – Munster 12  

Prediction – Correct

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Leicester v Racing 92

The Tigers managed to get a try bonus last week in Paris but never looked like winning. Racing will be keen to push on and keep their run going.

Prediction – Racing 92 to win (+13)

RESULT – Leicester 11 – Racing92 34  

Prediction – Correct

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Montpellier v Toulon

Toulon pulled off a great win at home last week but they’re without last weeks MOTM Julian Savea. Montpellier need a win and we expect a home victory.

Prediction – Montpellier win with bonus point (+15)

RESULT – Montpellier 34 – Toulon 13  

Prediction – Correct

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Newcastle v Edinburgh 

Newcastle sent a weakened side to the Scottish capital last weekend. They’re back to full strength this weekend and expect them to claim a narrow win over Edinburgh.

Prediction – Newcastle win (+5) , Edinburgh losing bonus point.

RESULT – Newcastle 8 – Edinburgh 21  

Prediction – Wrong 

This weeks prediction score – 9/10 (90%)

We nailed the Ulster v Scarlets and Leicester v Racing 92 scores differences but Newcastle didn’t produce the goods to help us get a clean sweep of predictions. We’re already looking forward to Round 5!

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Champions Cup Round 1 Fixtures Confirmed

The Champions Cup opening round fixtures have been announced and there are some big games to kick-off the tournament

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The first round of Champions Cup fixtures has been confirmed for the 2019/20 season with the tournament to begin on the weekend of the 15th of November.

Reigning champions Saracens will begin their title defence with a tough away trip to Racing 92 in what is the last game of the weekend on Sunday November 17th.

The other game in Pool 4 sees the Ospreys host Munster on Saturday November 16th.

Elsewhere, last season’s beaten finalists Leinster open their tournament with a home game against competition debutants Benetton on the Saturday, while Northampton Saints host Lyon in the other match in Pool 1.

The first game of what is the 25th edition of the tournament is the Pool 5 clash of Gloucester and Toulouse, as the reigning Top 14 champions look to go a step further than last season’s semi-final defeat to Leinster. Connacht play Montpellier in the groups other game on the Sunday.

In Pool 2 Glasgow Warriors take on Sale Sharks on the Saturday at 13 00, followed by La Rochelle vs Exeter Chiefs later that day.

At the same time as the Warriors vs Sharks game there is the Pool 3 match of Bath against Ulster, with Clermont hosting Harlequins in the final match of the Saturday fixtures.

The pool stages are set to finish on the second and third weekends of January, while the final itself takes place in the Stade de Marseille on May 23rd 2020.

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Another Fijian Heads to Scotland

Glasgow Warriors have confirmed the signing of a Fijian star only two days after Edinburgh captured the signing of Mesulame Kunavula

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Glasgow Warriors have announced the signing of Fijian hooker Mesu Dolokota on a two-year deal from Fijian Drua.

The 24-year-old was named in Fiji’s World Cup training squad last month and will join up with the Warriors following the conclusion of the tournament in Japan.

Dolokoto is happy to be signing for the PRO 14 runners-up and is excited to feature in both the PRO 14 and the Champions Cup.

“I’m very happy to be joining Glasgow Warriors and I’m looking forward to playing in two of the best rugby competitions in the world. The opportunity to learn from such an experienced coaching team and play in such a successful team is very exciting for me. The club has a strong Fijian history and I hope I can be a big part of it going forward,” he said.

The hooker has nine international caps for Fiji as well as having experience in Super Rugby with the Brumbies in 2015 and Glasgow assistant coach John Dalziel is delighted to add more experience to the squad.

“Mesu is an exciting talent who will bring even more international experience to our front row. He isn’t your traditional front-row forward, he likes to bring a bit of Fijian flair to his game, but he can also do the basics very well and we’re excited to work with him when he shows up following international duty,” he said.

Dolokoto follows the footsteps of fellow Fijian Mesulame Kunavula, who joined Edinburgh only a couple of days ago and the PRO 14 can look forward to some Fijian flare next season.

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Leinster Unveil New European and Alternative Jerseys

Leinster have revealed their European and alternative jerseys for the 2019/20 season

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Leinster have unveiled their new Adidas European and alternative jerseys for the 2019/20 season.

The European jersey is an alteration on the traditional blue home jerseys worn by the reigning two-time PRO 14 champions.

Leinster have revealed that the jersey has been inspired by meteorites that were once used to create iron spears and will be worn by the club for the next two seasons.

“The pattern of the Leinster Rugby European jersey takes inspiration from meteorites that fell from the sky and were used by the Laighin people to create their iron spear. These meteorite formations form the graphic design of the jersey paying homage to the tale of the metal of the Gods, providing bold and vibrant energy for Leinster Rugby’s European campaign,” they said on their official website.

The alternative jersey is a shade of purple with black strips horizontally across the shirt.

They have said that this jersey is inspired by the purple skyline that is seen across the east coach of Ireland.

“The Alternate jersey embodies the electric energy of Ireland’s east coast at night. The iconic purple skyline forms the colour inspiration for this season’s kit. Incorporating a twist on the traditional hoop design, the kit harnesses the vibrant energy of the province, whilst maintaining a classic look and feel,” they added.

As well as the two new jerseys Leinster will continue to wear their Adidas home jersey from the 2018/19 season for the season ahead.

You can view the full Leinster Range for the up coming season here.

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