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2017/18 Challenge Cup Campaign

PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:30 am
by Wottie
According to the official Challenge Cup page, looks like only 2 of the 10 games being played this weekend are being televised. That's pretty grim!!

http://www.epcrugby.com/matchcentre/fix ... ge_cup.php

Re: 2017/18 Challenge Cup Campaign

PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:51 am
by joe soap
could be wrong but that be one more than last season.

With wall to wall Champions Cup available, the lesser competition is a hard sell.

Re: 2017/18 Challenge Cup Campaign

PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:09 am
by Tichtheid
I watched Ldn Irish against Tigers at the weekend, or at least until the Boks v ABs started.

'Irish looked very vulnerable when Leicester upped the pace. Blair Cowan looked in good form

Re: 2017/18 Challenge Cup Campaign

PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:35 pm
by The Feral Goat
ER twitter showing Charlie Sheil practicing his box kicks in training ahead of LI match...possible debut?

Re: 2017/18 Challenge Cup Campaign

PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:14 am
by gowrie
The Feral Goat wrote:ER twitter showing Charlie Sheil practicing his box kicks in training ahead of LI match...possible debut?


Shiel didn't play for Currie last week, apparently rested at Edinburgh's request.

Re: 2017/18 Challenge Cup Campaign

PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:18 pm
by biffer
Sean Gallagher and David Wilkinson are appointed for the two Edinburgh Challenge Cup games in December.

http://www.epcrugby.com/officials/index ... 18&round=4

Another two underqualified refs from the Irish production line.

Re: 2017/18 Challenge Cup Campaign

PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:32 pm
by David990
Considering how badly LI have played I expect Embra to pump them. They'll be concentrating on staying up in the Prem so they may send out a second/third XV.

Re: 2017/18 Challenge Cup Campaign

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:16 am
by gowrie
Weir and Nel drop out of the European squad, replaced by Van der Walt and Matt Shields.

Seems Shields was a Harlequins squad player, moved to Rotherham for this season. Don't know what's going on with Millar-Mills if we're signing another Championship TH to play ahead of him.

Re: 2017/18 Challenge Cup Campaign

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:25 am
by The Feral Goat
Not good news on Nel, fairly certain I saw Tom Brown on crutches yesterday as well.

plus side Bennett expected to be fit and available for Krazny match

Re: 2017/18 Challenge Cup Campaign

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:21 pm
by biffer
gowrie wrote:Weir and Nel drop out of the European squad, replaced by Van der Walt and Matt Shields.

Seems Shields was a Harlequins squad player, moved to Rotherham for this season. Don't know what's going on with Millar-Mills if we're signing another Championship TH to play ahead of him.


Not surprised with Nel - broken bone is going to be 6 weeks, so he'll be aiming for the six nations. Can make a limited number of changes to your euro squad after the group stages so he'll be back for the QFs.

Re: 2017/18 Challenge Cup Campaign

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:26 pm
by germain
McLelland pictured on twitter with Bennett and Marfo as a new face in the training. Could we see him against Krasny Yar as Cockerill said he would make some change for thaht game ?
We should see McInally and Wtason back for the Irish game in a pretty first choice XV.

Re: 2017/18 Challenge Cup Campaign

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:57 pm
by biffer
germain wrote:McLelland pictured on twitter with Bennett and Marfo as a new face in the training. Could we see him against Krasny Yar as Cockerill said he would make some change for thaht game ?
We should see McInally and Wtason back for the Irish game in a pretty first choice XV.


Got to think about the whole five games in a row then rest thing.

L'Oirish
Krasny Yar
Glasgow
Glasgow
Kings
Stade
Stade

Kings and Krasny Yar are the opportunities to rest players.

Re: 2017/18 Challenge Cup Campaign

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:27 pm
by Rico
biffer wrote:
germain wrote:McLelland pictured on twitter with Bennett and Marfo as a new face in the training. Could we see him against Krasny Yar as Cockerill said he would make some change for thaht game ?
We should see McInally and Wtason back for the Irish game in a pretty first choice XV.


Kings and Krasny Yar are the opportunities to rest players.


Agreed - and potentially the second Stade game too if we've already qualified for the QFs by then

Re: 2017/18 Challenge Cup Campaign

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:53 pm
by biffer
Rico wrote:
biffer wrote:
germain wrote:McLelland pictured on twitter with Bennett and Marfo as a new face in the training. Could we see him against Krasny Yar as Cockerill said he would make some change for thaht game ?
We should see McInally and Wtason back for the Irish game in a pretty first choice XV.


Kings and Krasny Yar are the opportunities to rest players.


Agreed - and potentially the second Stade game too if we've already qualified for the QFs by then


Not so much - There's no game the following week, and it depends on who the likely opponents are / how likely a home QF is.

Re: 2017/18 Challenge Cup Campaign

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:49 pm
by Frenchy
Darcy Graham recalled from sevens squad by Edinburgh. Glenn Bryce replaces him.