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@papachinzo the saints have added alot of depth from last year, they had george pisi and tom may come into the centre positions as cover, they have no lack of talent on the wings, 10 they now have Lamb and Myler 2 very good players, front row positions are all covered well, second row samu manoa has come in as cover alongside lawes and sorenson and caesar sempere has come in as fullback cover, not to mention the back row where the return of wood and (hopefully soon wilson) will add plenty of character... I see Saints top, munster a close second, maybe and upset from scarlets but more likely 3rd and castres 4th.
Posted 07:25 11th November 2011
Arrogant English and Northampton fans writing off Munster yet again, no surprise there. No different to Gloucester, Sale (twice), Wasps and northampton themselves in the past, all sent packing with their tail between their legs.
English fans, and using as Planetrugby as an example, the English media know nothing about Irish rugby outside of what they see in the HEC and 6N, so let the arrogance build, it will fail, as it has done every year since 2007
Posted 06:36 11th November 2011
Northampton are too strong - easy winners of this group. No idea who will get second. Scarlets are indeed lacking grunt up front, but have a back line to die for. Munster - cant right them off, but not the team they were. Castres - never get through.
Posted 21:40 10th November 2011
Really tough to see whos gonna come out on top in this pool,munster have fixed their scrum issues but are lacking outside their pack and without david wallace their backrow looks a little short on muscle.....Northampton are a good side but cant see them beating munster at thomond park,not since munster have sorted the scrum anyway which is Norhthamptons greatest weapon....I agree Scarlets could be the dark horse in this group, though theyre lacking in muscle in the pack....really tough to call whos gonna come out on top....but i dont think theirs a winner of the tournament here.
Posted 19:08 10th November 2011
Castres. Once again, I don't see them competing, Top 14 is too important for them.
Munster. The kings of Europe will be out to right the wrongs of last season, with high profile players back in action, I see them referring back to their old ways.
Northampton. A team who are lacking depth. I think they will find this years group to be a much harder task, one I don't see them completing.
Scarlets. Show'd us all some great rugby last year, I see them taking another step this year. If they play them right, 1st place could still be on the cards.
1.Munster, 2.Scarlets, 3.Northampton, 4.Castres
Posted 14:02 10th November 2011
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