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Saturday 4th April 11:45 GMT

 

It is quite astonishing, given the success of the Welsh national over the past decade, that it is 15 years since two Welsh clubs came face to face in European competition. On Saturday, that long wait will come to an end, as the Newport Gwent Dragons host their neighbours, and greatest rivals the Cardiff Blues, in the quarter-finals of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Dragons have home advantage in the derby, as they won a tough qualifying Pool, that contained Newcastle Falcons and Stade Francais, who will have begun the tournament as more fancied sides than the Welsh Region. The winners of the all-Welsh clash will go on to play the winners of the London Irish against Edinburgh match.

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Saturday will be the Dragons first appearance in the last eight of the competition since 2007, while Cardiff Blues only previous foray into the Challenge Cup was in 2010 when they went on to win the silverware, having been parachuted into the tournament from the Heineken Cup.

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Both sides are languishing in the lower reaches of the Guinness PRO12 table, despite a recent upturn in fortunes, are unlikely to make the post-season play-offs. The Challenge Cup may offer a back door place to next season’s Champions Cup if either side can go on to claim the title.


Tags: Newport Gwent Dragons, European Rugby Challenge Cup, Cardiff Blues
Posted: 4th April 2015


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