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

Coach: Dan McFar­land Last sea­son: Pool exit af­ter four wins. How they qual­i­fied: 4th in Con­fer­ence/play-off win­ners. Re­cruit­ments: Jordi Mur­phy,Marty Moore, Billy Burns, Will Ad­di­son and Henry Speight have ar­rived while Jared Payne, An­drew Trim­ble, Tommy Bowe, Paddy Jack­son, Stu­art Old­ing, Charles Pi­u­tau and Paul Mar­shall have re­tired or moved on.

Key man: John Cooney. The goal­kick­ing scrumhalf and oc­ca­sional out­half seems to be car­ry­ing a heavy load again.

This sea­son’s for­mguide : W W W D L. Prospects: A weight is off their shoul­ders and McFar­land is a shrewd choice, but im­prove­ment in Pro14 would be a sat­is­fac­tory start­ing point with home wins and a shot at this pool a bonus.

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