Scar­lets

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - RUGBY CHAMPIONS CUP -

Coach: Wayne Pi­vac. Last sea­son: Semi-fi­nal­ists. How they qual­i­fied: Pro14 run­ners-up. Re­cruit­ments: Kiwi Blade Thom­son and Chee­tahs pair Uzair Cassiem and Clay­ton Blometjies have ar­rived but John Bar­clay, Tadhg Beirne and Scott Williams have de­parted. Key man: Rhys Patchell. The cat­a­lyst for their in­ven­tive run­ning game. This sea­son’s for­mguide:LWWL W.

Prospects: They look slightly weaker gen­er­ally and it doesn’t au­gur well when the head coach is mov­ing on to greener pas­tures (ie Pi­vac to Wales), but the way the fix­tures have fallen they should re­main in con­tention un­til Jan­uary at least. Sec­ond in pool.

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