Stade Francais v Dragons Live

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Saturday 18th October 18:45 GMT

 

Stade Francais missed out on a place in the Champions Cup, when they lost a play-off to Aviva Premiership side Wasps, for the 20th and final place in the inaugural season of the new tournament, replacing the Heineken Cup in the European Club calendar. Condemned to the second tier of club competition this season the Paris based Top 14 club find themselves in Pool 3 with Saturday's opponents, the Newport Gwent Dragons from the PRO12, Newcastle Falcons of the Aviva Premiership, and qualifier, the Bucharesti Wolves.

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It would be a major surprise if Stade Francais do not progress from this Pool, given that the Falcons are bottom but one in the English Premiership, while the Dragons have won only once this season, and are in ninth position in the PRO12. While Bucharesti can be troublesome in Romania, they are unlikely to have the firepower to truly trouble Stade. The French club have won all four of their home matches in the Top 14, as they have risen to fifth in the table.

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While the Dragons have a poor European record, the only thing missing from Stade's sideboard is actual silverware. They have appeared in two Heineken Cup finals, and two Challenge Cup finals, and yet they have lost on all four occasions.


Tags: Aviva Premiership, Stade Francais, Dragons
Posted: 18th October 2014


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