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Heineken Cup openers fail to disappoint

The opening weekend of the Heineken Cup has lived up to its billing, with a high quality of rugby and some down-to-the-wire matches. With such fierce competition, it is vital not to lose a single game, and Home victories are a must.  There were only three Away wins all weekend, with Gloucester performing well in […]

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Who will win the Heineken Cup? Pool-by-pool guide

If anything is capable of following such a momentous occasion as France 2007, it’s this year’s Heineken Cup. A total of 199 players that featured in the World Cup will take part, and the 13th edition of the competition promises to be more fiercely contested than any other. The seeding system has thrown up some […]

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Gallagher Premiership

Guinness Premiership Report – 22/10/07

As one heroic winning run came to an end at the World Cup, another one – slightly less heroic but impressive nonetheless – also came to an abrupt halt. Gloucester were beaten by a spirited London Irish side on Sunday by 15 – 10. Boasting a star-studded back-line containing Tindall, Paterson and Balshaw Gloucester were […]

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Premiership Review – 15th Oct

With all eyes continuing to be distracted by the World Cup one team is standing out ahead of the crowd in the Guinness Premiership, Gloucester. This weekend they navigated their way through a tricky fixture against Sale, who had “nilled” Wasps the week before to maintain their unbeaten record. The Leicester old boy with a […]

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Gallagher Premiership

Guinness Premiership Roundup

With all the World Cup excitement at the weekend, it’s easy to forget about the Guinness Premiership, but Jon Hobbs is here to ensure that doesn’t happen… The highlight of round 4 of the Guinness Premiership was Gloucester’s visit to Welford Road to take on the depleted, but no less ferocious, Leicester Tigers. Leicester began […]

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Gallagher Premiership

Guinness Premiership Review – 22nd/23rd Sept

With all eyes and ears distracted by the World Cup, which teams have been using the first couple of rounds of the Guinness Premiership to their advantage? Full points are being awarded for wins regardless of the fact that the top teams are being penalised by having their world class players taken away for a […]

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Gallagher Premiership

Guinness Premiership preview – 22nd/23rd Sept

  Jon Hobbs looks ahead to this weekend’s feast of Premiership rugby – the club games are at risk of being forgotten during the World Cup, but the next few weeks will determine the outcome of many clubs’ seasons. After last week’s second half demolishing of Leeds Carnegie, Gloucester sit pretty at the top of […]

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Influx of foreign players continues

Luke McAlister could be the latest southern hemisphere international to book his one way plane ticket to Europe after declaring his ambition to join Sale Sharks.If he leaves New Zealand, he will join the likes of Aaron Mauger, Carl Hayman, Chris Jack and Rico Gear in England’s Guinness Premiership next season.  However, the influx of […]

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Heineken Cup News

Heineken Cup Draw for 2007/08

The chairman of the European Rugby Cup, Jean-Pierre Lux has just made the draw for the group stages of next season’s Heineken Cup. Last year’s champions, Wasps, seem to have drawn the hardest group in which they will compete against Munster and Llanelli Scarlets.  Runners-up Leicester will also have a challenge to qualify for the knockout […]