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    Celtic Cup 2018/2019

    2018/19 CELTIC CUP POOLS & FIXTURES:

    POOL 1 - CONNACHT, LEINSTER, MUNSTER, ULSTER

    POOL 2 - Cardiff Blues, Dragons, Ospreys, Scarlets

    Weekend 1 - Friday, September 7

    MUNSTER v CONNACHT, Irish Independent Park, 5.30pm
    ULSTER v LEINSTER, Malone RFC, 5pm
    Ospreys v Scarlets, Bridgend RFC, 7pm
    Dragons v Cardiff Blues, Rodney Parade, 7.15pm

    Weekend 2 - Friday, September 14

    ULSTER v Scarlets, Instonians/Cooke RFC, 7pm

    Weekend 2 - Saturday, September 15

    LEINSTER v Cardiff Blues, Energia Park, 2pm
    Ospreys v MUNSTER, Swansea RFC, 2pm
    Dragons v CONNACHT, CCSE Ystrad Mynach, 2.30pm

    Weekend 3 - Friday, September 21

    MUNSTER v Dragons, Irish Independent Park, 5.30pm
    CONNACHT v Ospreys, Corinthian Park, 3pm

    Weekend 3 - Saturday, September 22

    Scarlets v LEINSTER, Parc y Scarlets, 2.30pm
    Cardiff Blues v ULSTER, Cardiff Arms Park, 2.30pm

    Weekend 4 - Friday, September 28

    LEINSTER v Ospreys, Energia Park, 7.30pm

    Weekend 4 - Saturday, September 29

    Cardiff Blues v MUNSTER, Cardiff Arms Park, 2pm
    ULSTER v Dragons, Ballymena RFC, 2.30pm
    Scarlets v CONNACHT, Carmarthen RFC, 2.30pm

    Weekend 5 - Friday, October 5

    MUNSTER v Scarlets, Irish Independent Park, 7.30pm
    Ospreys v ULSTER, Swansea RFC, 7pm

    Weekend 5 - Saturday, October 6

    Dragons v LEINSTER, CCSE Ystrad Mynach, 2.30pm
    CONNACHT v Cardiff Blues, the Sportsground, kick-off tbc

    Weekend 6 - October 12-14

    LEINSTER v MUNSTER, details tbc
    CONNACHT v ULSTER, details tbc
    Cardiff Blues v Ospreys, details tbc
    Scarlets v Dragons, details tbc

    #2
    How does the pool structure work? Dp we not play Ulster or will there be more fixtures later in the year?

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      #3
      Originally posted by AwayFromHome View Post
      How does the pool structure work? Dp we not play Ulster or will there be more fixtures later in the year?
      Each Irish province will play each of the Welsh regions and will play against two Irish provinces. Similarly, the Welsh regions will play each of the Irish provinces and will play two of their Welsh counterparts.

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        #4
        Good stuff.

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          #5
          Great to see some top teams come to Cork.

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            #6
            Originally posted by ormond lad View Post
            Each Irish province will play each of the Welsh regions and will play against two Irish provinces. Similarly, the Welsh regions will play each of the Irish provinces and will play two of their Welsh counterparts.
            Great to see. But surely a little unusual that you only play 2 teams in your own pool but all three in the other pool. Would think it would be the other way around if anything. Maybe instead of having a final everyone could of played each one in a straight league format?

            Regardless should be very beneficial in the absence of the B&I Cup.
            Last edited by KerryRed; 15th-August-2018, 14:49.
            "The PRO12 is our domestic league, it's what you earn your bread and butter from; it's what pays the bills. We need to broaden our emphasis and get an understanding in Irish rugby that the domestic league from now on is most important and that's what qualifies you now for Europe.'' Garrett Fitzgerald, CEO Munster

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              #7
              Originally posted by KerryRed View Post

              Great to see. But surely a little unusual that you only play 2 teams in your own pool but all three in the other pool. Would think it would be the other way around if anything. Maybe instead of having a final everyone could of played each one in a straight league format?

              Regardless should be very beneficial in the absence of the B&I Cup.
              I guess the logic is that you get one home and one away against Irish sides and 2 home and 2 away against Welsh (vice versa for the Welsh). That way there is no imbalance in home and away fixtures which would be inevitable if you played each of the seven other teams.

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                #8
                Originally posted by KerryRed View Post

                Great to see. But surely a little unusual that you only play 2 teams in your own pool but all three in the other pool. Would think it would be the other way around if anything. Maybe instead of having a final everyone could of played each one in a straight league format?

                Regardless should be very beneficial in the absence of the B&I Cup.
                Possibly. Perhaps logic is provinces can easily arrange fixtures between themselves outside this. Same with regions and bit better to have more games against non irish sides as players more familiar with other provinces???

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                  #9
                  A lot of the games seem to be on the same time as the senior team though which is a pity

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by oilean View Post
                    A lot of the games seem to be on the same time as the senior team though which is a pity
                    Only 2 games are on same day. Both those are away games in Scotland and Wales and the A games should be over by early into first half of pro14 game and people can go into Musgrave bars to watch pro14 game. If marketed appropriately it isnt an issue.

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                      #11
                      Great initiative IMHO
                      "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                      Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                      Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                        #12
                        Its free entry for full and associate MRSC members this Friday for the Celtic Cup opener against Connacht in IIP (and all other CC round games at home). I won't be able to make it down in time myself but thought it would be useful info

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                          #13
                          Munster A: Stephen Fitzgerald; Calvin Nash, Matt More, Alex McHenry, Alex Wootton; Bill Johnston, James Hart; Jeremy Loughman, Diarmuid Barron, Ciaran Parker; Darren O’Shea (C), Sean O’Connor; Jack Daly, John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.

                          Replacements: Billy Scannell, Cronan Gleeson, Keynan Knox, Evan Mintern, Dan Walsh, Jack Stafford, Ben Healy, Liam Coombes.

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                            #14
                            I guess Goggin and Scott are travelling to Boo-town as 24th men?

                            And Keatley seems to be frozen out.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by AwayFromHome View Post
                              I guess Goggin and Scott are travelling to Boo-town as 24th men?

                              And Keatley seems to be frozen out.
                              All 3 are travelling reserves afaik.

                              Good to see Wootton back. Very healthy competition amongst the back threes at the moment.

                              Will be interesting to hear how Knox and More get on.

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