Edinburgh Rugby look ahead to European clash with Newcastle Falcons

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Edinburgh host Newcastle Falcons at BT Murrayfield this week. (Photo Credit: Vclaw via Wikipedia)

Edinburgh Rugby will face off Newcastle Falcons in a double header in the Heineken Champions Cup, with the first match coming on Friday night at BT Murrayfield.

The European expedition is a welcome break from the Pro14 where they have lost their last two matches against Munster and the Dragons respectively.

The Scottish side will be looking for back to back wins in the competition after their emphatic 40-14 win against Toulouse earlier this season.

Scrum-half, Henry Pyrgos was optimistic ahead of the clash and spoke of Edinburgh’s formidable home form.

He said: “The group is wide open at the moment so this double header coming up will be big, if we can go out and play well and get a win it’ll put us in a good position.

“They have a lot of quality, we’re going to have to play really well and expect Newcastle to bring their best game.

“We want to make it as uncomfortable as possible for away teams.

“We’ll get the chance to play in front of our home fans, it’s really exciting. I’ve always thought it’s an awesome place to play.”

Head coach, Richard Cockerill spoke of the impact that returning International players have had on the squad.

Richard Cockerill all smiles ahead of Falcons clash. Photo by David Ronney

Richard Cockerill all smiles ahead of Falcons clash. (Photo Credit: David Ronney)

He said: “It’s been good to get them back and get them integrated back into the team.

“They will be involved at the weekend and will all play a big part.

“It’s great that we have so many guys playing for Scotland and obviously Viliame Mata with Fiji but with the injuries that we’ve had its hurt us a little bit. But that’s life. The season is very much alive for us.

“If we can get two wins it puts us in a great position to qualify. There’s no reason if we get it right that we can’t do it.”

Munster clash off after terror attacks

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French national stadium, Stade De France. Photo courtesy of Fabien Lavocat/Flickr

Munster’s European Champions Cup match against French side Stade Francais has been postponed following the terror attacks which rocked Paris on Friday.

The series of tragic incidents around the French capital left 129 dead and Stade Francais said they had taken the decision to call off the game so as not to add to the workload of public and law enforcement employees in the city.

The club proposed a new date for the fixture, however there has been no decision yet and it will be announced in due course.

Stade’s statement added:

“In light of recent and tragic events, Stade Francais Paris does not wish to overburden or complicate the work of the government and security forces by organising a sporting event to bring together 15,000 people in Stade Jean-Bouin.”

Munster’s chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald said the Irish club “fully understood” the decision to postpone the game.

All of last weekend’s matches due to be held in France were called off, including Ulster’s trip to Oyonnax.

 

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