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Sunday 19th October 14:00 GMT


London irish will have high hopes of qualifying from Pool 5 of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup, given that they are opposed by the Italian amateurs of Rovigo, who they face in their opening match at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday. They will also have to overcome a mis-firing Cardiff Blues, and Grenoble from the Alps of France, who while a formidable outfit on their own soil, are notoriously poor travellers.

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The Exiles are in ninth position in the Premiership, with just two wins from four matches so far. However, their form has been better than that record suggests, and with a little bit luck, and a little bit more clinical finishing, they would be near the top of the table. Sunday when they play Rovigo Delta should give them an opportunity to build confidence with a big victory. The last time that the Italians played an English club, in January 2013, they conceded 80 points at home to the Worcester Warriors.

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Rovigo who came through a two-leg play-off against Tbilisi Caucasians, winning on aggregate by 46-39, have managed just three victories from the 54 matches that they have played in Europe over the years. They seem unlikely to improve on that record in the coming campaign.

Tags: European Rugby Challenge Cup, Rovigo, Madejski Stadium
Posted: 19th October 2014

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