In a weekend that sees few surprises French clubs claim the inaugral European Champions Cup as their own!

Let’s be honest, many of us were hoping for an upset but realistically felt that it was unlikely to happen, as the only two non-French clubs left in the competition travelled to France to take on the two best teams in Europe on home soil.  Leinster hadn’t really shown us in the semis that theyContinue reading “In a weekend that sees few surprises French clubs claim the inaugral European Champions Cup as their own!”

The European Champions Cup Semi-Finals take place this weekend as Leinster and Saracens go to France looking for miracles!

As Saracens and Leinster travel to France this weekend, they know that they need a bit of divine intervention to pull off what can only be described as upsets if they are to emerge the victors.  Marseille will be an exceptionally challenging place for Leinster to pull off a win against a daunting Toulon, andContinue reading “The European Champions Cup Semi-Finals take place this weekend as Leinster and Saracens go to France looking for miracles!”

In the European Champions Cup Quarter-Finals French sides show us how it’s done; while Leinster and Saracens cling to the cliff face and just keep English and Irish hopes alive in the competition!

After a thrilling weekend, where French teams and Bath showed all the flair, history looks set to repeat itself as we head to the possibility of an all French final unless Saracens and Leinster can produce miracles away from home.  After the excitement of the Six Nations, the Quarter-Finals of the Champions Cup continued the partyContinue reading “In the European Champions Cup Quarter-Finals French sides show us how it’s done; while Leinster and Saracens cling to the cliff face and just keep English and Irish hopes alive in the competition!”

Italy’s representative struggles for credibility in the European Champions Cup

European Champions Cup This week, we continue to look at the European Champions Cup and focus on one the Six Nations countries’ participants in the tournament. This week it is Italy’s turn as we look at round 4, made slightly easier by the fact that they only have one team in the competition. As theContinue reading “Italy’s representative struggles for credibility in the European Champions Cup”

After a stellar November, Ireland stumbles at the provincial level in the European Champions Cup

European Champions Cup This week we look at how Ireland’s three provinces in the European Champions Cup, fared in the third round of the tournament.  After an exceptionally successful November campaign which saw Ireland win all three of their Internationals including the two against Southern Hemisphere giants Australia and South Africa, all eyes were onContinue reading “After a stellar November, Ireland stumbles at the provincial level in the European Champions Cup”

Plenty of French Flair but how much of it is homebrew?

European Champions Cup As mentioned last week, this week we will be looking at the top three French sides performances in the second round of the European Champions Cup and see how this might have a bearing on the French squad selection for the forthcoming November series of Tests against the Southern Hemisphere nations. Looking atContinue reading “Plenty of French Flair but how much of it is homebrew?”

England where art thou?

European Champions Cup  As mentioned last week, this week we will be looking at the top three English sides performances in the opening round of the European Champions Cup and see how this might have a bearing on the England squad selection for the forthcoming November series of Tests against the Southern Hemisphere nations. BasedContinue reading “England where art thou?”

European Champions Cup – The Old Heineken Cup gets a new lease of life!

European Champions Cup Although the purpose of The Lineout is to focus on International Test Rugby, there are two annual competitions that set the tone for the composition and selection of national squads for International Test Rugby. In the Southern Hemisphere it is Super Rugby, comprising 15 of the best club sides from South Africa,Continue reading “European Champions Cup – The Old Heineken Cup gets a new lease of life!”