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

Coach: Richard Cock­er­ill. Last sea­son: Didn’t qual­ify. How they qual­i­fied: 3rd in Con­fer­ence B/beaten q/f. Re­cruit­ments: John Bar­clay, Henry Pyr­gos, Matt Scott and out­half Si­mon Hickey look good sign­ings, with Cor­nell du Preez, Sam Hi­dalgo-Clyne and Dun­can Weir among those who left. Key man: Blair Kinghorn. Huge tal­ent and bal­anced run­ner, the 21-year-old has nailed down the full­back slot with Glas­gow and looks primed to fill Hogg’s boots with Scot­land. This sea­son’s for­mguide: LLWLW. Prospects: Back af­ter three-year ab­sence, but like New­cas­tle, they pos­si­bly over-achieved last sea­son (won seven of eight one-score games) and will also do well to emerge from this pool.

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