English teams look set to dominate Heineken Cup

This weekend sees the finale of Europe’s premier club competition, and the English teams look set to dominate the quarter-final places.

There is a possibility that all four quarter final ties will be played in England, with London Irish, Gloucester, Saracens and Wasps sitting atop their respective pools with better records than the other pool leaders. Irish need a bonus point win, but the others will be guaranteed a Home draw should they win this weekend.

The showdown of the weekend appears to be the Munster v Wasps fixture at Thomond Park – a mouth-watering prospect to decide which team qualifies for the latter stages.

Will this monopoly of Europe be reflected in the Six Nations competition that starts next week? France are the slight favourites with the bookies at about 6/4 , whilst England are second favourites at 5/2.