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Gloucester will hope for the same outcome as their previous appearance in a European Rugby Challenge Cup final at the Stoop Memorial Ground, Twickenham, when they play Edinburgh in the climax to this seasons tournament on Friday evening. Back in season 2005-06, Gloucester claimed the silverware in their only European final, when they squeezed home in an epic final against London Irish, 36-34 after extra-time. Another coincidence is that Gloucester Rugby won all six of their qualifying Pool matches in that campaign, the same as they have managed in this season's tournament.

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Edinburgh, have no such history of success in European competition. On Friday evening they will become the first Scottish team to appear in a final. They won their qualifying Pool, with five wins and a defeat, before going on to win away at London Irish in the quarter-finals, and Newport Gwent Dragons in a Murrayfield semi-final.     

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If Gloucester win the Challenge Cup, they will not only claim the glory during a disappointing season, but will also qualify for a place in the play-off competition for next season's Champions Cup. Edinburgh on the other hand, will have to claim a place in the Champions Cup through their finishing position in the PRO12 competition.


Tags: European Rugby Challenge Cup, Gloucester Rugby, Edinburgh
Posted: 1st May 2015


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