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MadMax.
6th-July-2010, 09:26
CORNISH PIRATES will launch their defence of the British & Irish Cup at tournament newcomers Currie.

The RFU Championship club lifted the inaugural trophy last month after beating Munster 23-14 at Camborne's Recreation Ground.

Next season they kick off at Malleny Park, home of Scottish Hydro Electric Premiership 1 champions Currie before hosting Leinster - a reverse of last season's fixture at Donnybrook.

Joining Currie as new British & Irish Cup arrivals are Melrose, Esher following their promotion to the RFU Championship, Worcester Warriors after their relegation from the English Premiership and Llandovery and Swansea from the Welsh Principality Premiership.

There will be five rounds as last season but an additional quarter final stage has been added with the top two from each pool progressing to the last eight.

Terry Burwell, British & Irish Cup Director, said: "The inaugural British & Irish Cup was very positively received and gave players, coaches, referees and spectators a different level of competition to what they are used to.

"Anyone who was at the final or saw it on Sky Sports saw the appetite for cross-border cup rugby and I am sure this tournament, just like the Heineken Cup in its early days, will go from strength to strength

"We have kept the same pool framework and reversed last season's fixtures wherever possible as we promised and we have included a quarter-final so that there is a greater opportunity for more teams to progress to the knockout stages."

Pools

Pool A: Cornish Pirates, Currie, Leinster, Newport, Plymouth Albion, Worcester Warriors
Pool B: Bristol Rugby, Esher, Llanelli, Melrose, Munster, Nottingham Rugby
Pool C: Bedford Blues, London Welsh, Moseley, Neath, Swansea, Ulster
Pool D: Ayr, Birmingham & Solihull, Doncaster Knights, Llandovery, Pontypridd, Rotherham Titans

Fixtures

Round 1, December 11
Pool A Leinster v Plymouth Albion, Currie v Cornish Pirates, Worcester Warriors v Newport
Pool B : Bristol Rugby v Nottingham Rugby, Melrose v Munster, Esher v Llanelli
Pool C: London Welsh v Moseley, Bedford Blues v Ulster, Swansea v Neath
Pool D: Birmingham & Solihull v Doncaster Knights, Rotherham Titans v Llandovery, Pontypridd v Ayr

Round 2, December 18
Pool A: Plymouth Albion v Newport, Cornish Pirates v Leinster, Currie v Worcester Warriors
Pool B: Melrose v Esher, Llanelli v Nottingham Rugby, Bristol Rugby v Munster
Pool C: Neath v Bedford Blues, Ulster v Moseley, London Welsh v Swansea
Pool D: Doncaster Knights v Rotherham, Ayr v Llandovery, Pontypridd v Birmingham & Solihull

Round 3, January 15
Pool A: Cornish Pirates v Plymouth Albion, Leinster v Worcester Warriors, Currie v Newport
Pool B: Esher v Bristol Rugby, Nottingham Rugby v Munster, Llanelli v Melrose
Pool C: Bedford Blues v London Welsh, Moseley v Swansea, Ulster v Neath
Pool D: Pontypridd v Rotherham, Llandovery v Doncaster Knights, Birmingham & Solihull v Ayr

Round 4, January 22
Pool A: Worcester Warriors v Plymouth Albion, Leinster v Currie, Newport v Cornish Pirates
Pool B: Nottingham Rugby v Melrose, Bristol Rugby v Llanelli, Munster v Esher
Pool C: Moseley v Neath, London Welsh v Ulster, Swansea v Bedford Blues
Pool D: Rotherham v Ayr, Doncaster Knights v Pontypridd, Llandovery v Birmingham & Solihull

Round 5, February 26
Pool A: Worcester Warriors v Cornish Pirates, Plymouth Albion v Currie, Newport v Leinster*
Pool B: Esher v Nottingham Rugby, Melrose v Bristol Rugby, Munster v Llanelli*
Pool C: Bedford Blues v Moseley, Neath v London Welsh, Swansea v Ulster*
Pool D: Birmingham & Solihull v Rotherham, Ayr v Doncaster Knights, Llandovery v Pontypridd*

NB: It was agreed by the British & Irish Cup Organising Committee that to avoid a clash with the RBS 6 Nations matches on February 26 that the Round 5 matches marked * will be played on the weekend of October 16.

Quarter finals, March 5
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Muircheartaigh
6th-July-2010, 09:33
thought nottingham went under?

tired old cynic
6th-July-2010, 09:39
excellent - still no Magners.

JoeyFantastic
6th-July-2010, 09:40
Interesting group, no chance of an early revenge over the Pirates! We'll
just have to wait.

Strange we'll playing our last pool game in October, about 6 weeks
before the comp starts. Back to the Future.

Point
6th-July-2010, 11:20
excellent - still no Magners.


still, the HC fixtures should be out next week.

Mucky Boots
6th-July-2010, 11:21
excellent - still no Magners.


still, the HC fixtures should be out next week.

I got them PM'ed to me already.

McCloud
7th-July-2010, 07:28
munsterrugby.ie


6 July 2010, 6:57 pm
By Pat Geraghty


Munster will open their British & Irish Cup campaign at home to Llanelli and will then have to take to the roads of Britain for their next three games.

It was only the scheduling of the RBS Six Nations that prompted a refix of the Munster v Llanelli game - that was originally scheduled for February 26th - to the earlier date of October 16th.
After that opener Munster travel to Scotland to play competition newcomers Melrose on December 11th and a week later travel back to Britain, to the south-west to take on Bristol Rugby.


Bristol finished runner up to Munster last season, four points adrift, Munster having recored a hard earned 18-6 win over the English side in Nenagh RFC.


In mid January it's back once more to England for Anthony Foley's squad and a tie with Nottingham before winding up their Pool campaign at home to Esher on January 22nd.


The British & Irish Cup matches fall on the same weekend's as the Heinken Cup games but of some concern must be that the final and perhaps crucial games in Munster's Pool will take place while Munster stand idly by leaving the likes of Nottingham and Bristol knowing exactly what they need to do to qualify for the knock out stages.


Fixtures


Round 1, December 11
Pool A Leinster v Plymouth Albion, Currie v Cornish Pirates, Worcester Warriors v Newport
Pool B : Bristol Rugby v Nottingham Rugby, Melrose v Munster, Esher v Llanelli
Pool C: London Welsh v Moseley, Bedford Blues v Ulster, Swansea v Neath
Pool D: Birmingham & Solihull v Doncaster Knights, Rotherham Titans v Llandovery, Pontypridd v Ayr


Round 2, December 18
Pool A: Plymouth Albion v Newport, Cornish Pirates v Leinster, Currie v Worcester Warriors
Pool B: Melrose v Esher, Llanelli v Nottingham Rugby, Bristol Rugby v Munster
Pool C: Neath v Bedford Blues, Ulster v Moseley, London Welsh v Swansea
Pool D: Doncaster Knights v Rotherham, Ayr v Llandovery, Pontypridd v Birmingham & Solihull


Round 3, January 15
Pool A: Cornish Pirates v Plymouth Albion, Leinster v Worcester Warriors, Currie v Newport
Pool B: Esher v Bristol Rugby, Nottingham Rugby v Munster, Llanelli v Melrose
Pool C: Bedford Blues v London Welsh, Moseley v Swansea, Ulster v Neath
Pool D: Pontypridd v Rotherham, Llandovery v Doncaster Knights, Birmingham & Solihull v Ayr


Round 4, January 22
Pool A: Worcester Warriors v Plymouth Albion, Leinster v Currie, Newport v Cornish Pirates
Pool B: Nottingham Rugby v Melrose, Bristol Rugby v Llanelli, Munster v Esher
Pool C: Moseley v Neath, London Welsh v Ulster, Swansea v Bedford Blues
Pool D: Rotherham v Ayr, Doncaster Knights v Pontypridd, Llandovery v Birmingham & Solihull


Round 5, February 26
Pool A: Worcester Warriors v Cornish Pirates, Plymouth Albion v Currie, Newport v Leinster*
Pool B: Esher v Nottingham Rugby, Melrose v Bristol Rugby, Munster v Llanelli*
Pool C: Bedford Blues v Moseley, Neath v London Welsh, Swansea v Ulster*
Pool D: Birmingham & Solihull v Rotherham, Ayr v Doncaster Knights, Llandovery v Pontypridd*

plastic
7th-July-2010, 09:45
Playing on HEC weekends will have a real affect on crowds ! Not sure I'll be able to make the Melrose game from Limerick/France/S Wales or Reading Car Park...

Mucky Boots
7th-July-2010, 13:31
excellent - still no Magners.


still, the HC fixtures should be out next week.

I got them PM'ed to me already.


I've received two PMs already. It was a joke referencing an earlier thread. I don't actually have the fixtures.

McCloud
8th-October-2010, 08:49
British and Irish Cup Returns To Waterford


8 October 2010, 11:26 am
By Fiona Murphy


Anthony Foley's Munster side will kick off their 2010/11 British and Irish Cup campaign against Llanelli at the Waterford Regional Sports Centre on Friday the 15th of October, ko 7.30pm.

After reaching the inaugural final last season the younger stars of Munster Rugby return to B&I Cup action when they face the challenge of Welsh club side Llanelli RFC, a feeder club to Llanelli Scarlets, in round one.
Llanelli play in the Principality Premiership and have recorded four wins out of six at this stage of the season.
Munster’s preparation has included two A Interprovincial ties, recording victory away to Leinster and at home to Ulster Ravens.


The Waterford RSC hosts its second B&I Cup tie off the back of a well supported and successful clash against Nottingham last February, and tickets are available to buy online for this game here.


Tickets are also available to purchase from the following outlets:
Thomond Park ticket office
Munster Rugby, Tramore Rd., Cork
Waterford RSC
Alfie Hales Sportstore, Waterford
World Wide Wines Waterford


Prices:
Adult €10
Schoolboy €3
Family package €20 (2 adults 2 kids)


Gates open at 6pm and there will be parking available at the Waterford Institute of Technology grounds.


Supporters may also enter a free draw on the night with a chance to win 2 Heineken Cup tickets (Munster v Ospreys Dec 12th) or 2 Magners League Tickets (Munster v Llanelli Scarlets November 21st).


B&I Cup Pool B Fixtures:
11/12/13 Dec. Melrose v Munster, The Greenyards
19 Dec. Bristol Rugby v Munster, Memorial Stadium
14 Jan. Nottingham v Munster, Meadow Lane
21 Jan. Munster v Esher, TBC

dropkick
8th-October-2010, 11:34
Munster should do well again this season. The squad is
stronger than last season IMO.

kooga made for rugby
8th-October-2010, 12:32
looking forward to the bristol away game, day after we play Ospreys in the Liberty.............in December!

ustix
8th-October-2010, 15:50
looking forward to the bristol away game, day after we play Ospreys in the Liberty.............in December!



Jaysus, that'd make an enjoyable trip.