“Me r c i l e s s L e i n s t e r will be favourites to proceed”
Yet St ephen Jones pr edict s t he Ir ish pr ovince will f ace a st er n challenge in his Champions Cup pool-by-pool preview…
ERE IS just a flavour, an amuse-bouche (that thing that comes before the starter you pretend to like). Leinster are going for their second successive European title on the back of an unprecedented double last season. Toulouse look like themselves again. Saracens’ power players are now almost all fit, big Billy included. Danger.
Elsewhere, the Scarlets should have Jonathan Davies fit for the
Hcompetition they treasure most. Edinburgh, waking each day to the sound of the Cockerill, could galvanise Scottish rugby by reaching the last eight. Munster are gearing up for another season drenched in passion. Gloucester may have a new club logo that looks like a cross between a pet cat and the Elephant Man, but they are back in the big time.
Lyon are in the main event too, so we can look out for Dylan Cretin, a name as splendid as that of Jean Condom in the 1980s.