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How would teams do in Europe if the HEC first round was played en block?

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Post by maestegmafia Sat 06 Oct 2012, 1:03 pm

Hound_of_Harrow wrote: I think Leinster would struggle to put in performances every week if the HC was played in one block, rather than two games each month in Oct, Dec & Jan in the pool rounds of the HC.

Now that is an interesting thought.????

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Post by Seagultaf Sat 06 Oct 2012, 1:08 pm

It would suit the Welsh clubs as they currently lose their star players for an extra week on Wales duty. There was a marked contrast in the Welsh performances in Europe last season after the autumn internationals as opposed to before.

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Post by Feckless Rogue Sat 06 Oct 2012, 1:57 pm

Leinster, and everyone else would have to adjust to the changed setup. And then Leinster would still be the best team.
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Post by Portnoy's Complaint Sat 06 Oct 2012, 2:11 pm

It would depend on squad depth. Injuries are almost certain to accrue.
Why do internationalists need a rest week?

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Post by Pot Hale Sat 06 Oct 2012, 4:01 pm

greytiger wrote:It would depend on squad depth. Injuries are almost certain to accrue.
Why do internationalists need a rest week?

Their unions decide it.

If AP teams had the same player management programme - agreed with Premier Rugby - as the IRFU, how would AP teams do in the Heineken Cup?
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Post by maestegmafia Sat 06 Oct 2012, 4:21 pm

Pot Hale wrote:
greytiger wrote:It would depend on squad depth. Injuries are almost certain to accrue.
Why do internationalists need a rest week?

Their unions decide it.

If AP teams had the same player management programme - agreed with Premier Rugby - as the IRFU, how would AP teams do in the Heineken Cup?


I don't think there is enough percentage of English players in the Premiership to make as much of a difference as the player management in Ireland.

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