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BACK TO BACK EUROPEAN RUGBY ACTION

Its back to back fixtures for each of the four provinces over the next two weekends in the European Challenge Cup and Champions Cup.

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Connacht have begun their Challenge Cup campaign with two good wins. Connacht lost their place on the top of the Pro12 table last weekend and will be looking to get back to winning ways on Friday night against Newcastle Falcons in Galway. The Falcons will prove a tough encounter as Connacht have an ever-growing injury list at the moment. Pat Lam has made 10 changes to his starting side, but returning to the Sportsground and playing in front of the passionate crowd should give the team an added boost.

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Ulster are also in action Friday night as they host Toulouse in the Champions Cup. Ulster sit bottom of their pool, however all is not a bleak as it may seem. Ulster have only played one match in their pool so two good results against Toulouse can propel them above their French counterparts. Saracens are top of the pool having defeated both Ulster and Toulouse so the next two games will have a big influence on who progresses from the pool.

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Munster similar to Ulster have only one pool match played. In their first match they comfortably saw off Treviso and will now be looking to dispose of Leicester in Thomond Park. Leicester sit top of the pool with two wins but a win for Munster will galvanise the team for the second fixture a week later.

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Leinster are the only one of the four provinces on the road this week. They travel to Toulon to take on the the reigning champions. Leinster have had an awful start to their european campaign with two losses and an away fixture to the superstar laden French outfit is far from desirable. Leinster themselves have a wealth and experience to call upon. Last weekends fixture was cancelled due to the atrocious weather giving them a chance to better prepare for Sunday match. A big performance from Leo Cullens men in the south of France might just be what the team needs to revive their european challenge.

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Best of luck to each of our Performance Analysis clients involved and their Analysts. 

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