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bwana

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Excellent! This can only be good news for our franchises. Playing against different teams with different play styles in unfamiliar conditions will be a steep but valuable learning curve. Just wondering though how long this will run for (which the fixture list will reveal). Thinking about the European sides playing rugby in Bloem at the height of our Summer at altitude. Think it will be a bit of a shock to the system some of them.
How do you think the locals will fare playing during the UK winter?
 

Agent_Smith

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How do you think the locals will fare playing during the UK winter?
Yeah, will be an adjustment for them but I don't think as hectic as the other way around. The Cheetahs and Kings over the years would've played down at a wet and cold Newlands or in similar NZ conditions but I doubt the Eu sides would've spent much time playing in 30+ degree weather. That being said, these guys are professionally trained and conditioned so I'm sure they will adapt.
 

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Pitbull

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This is the start of a replacement to the Super Series.

Watch this space. I actually believe we need more European competition :)
 

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Yeah, will be an adjustment for them but I don't think as hectic as the other way around. The Cheetahs and Kings over the years would've played down at a wet and cold Newlands or in similar NZ conditions but I doubt the Eu sides would've spent much time playing in 30+ degree weather. That being said, these guys are professionally trained and conditioned so I'm sure they will adapt.
Our lads are likely to fare better in cold, dreary winter conditions than the Northern Hemi teams will in Bloem. Although I do expect that they'll field games here in the evening to avoid a hot Bloem afternoon.

The weather is always miserable in PE, so it'll be like a homecoming for incoming teams...

/runs
 

OrbitalDawn

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Yeah, I also think the cold will be easier to deal with than heat.
 

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OPENING GUINNESS PRO14 FIXTURES

September 1-2
Cardiff Blues v Edinburgh (Friday)
Ulster v Toyota Cheetahs (Friday)
Dragons v Leinster (Saturday)
Scarlets v Southern Kings (Saturday)
Connacht v Glasgow
Munster v Treviso
Ospreys v Zebre

September 8-9
Connacht v Southern Kings
Edinburgh v Dragons
Glasgow v Ospreys
Leinster v Cardiff Blues
Munster v Toyota Cheetahs
Treviso v Ulster
Zebre v Scarlets

September 15-16
Cardiff Blues v Glasgow
Dragons v Connacht
Edinburgh v Treviso
Ospreys v Munster
Southern Kings v Leinster
Toyota Cheetahs v Zebre
Ulster v Scarlets

September 22-23
Connacht v Cardiff Blues
Glasgow v Munster
Toyota Cheetahs v Leinster
Ulster v Dragons
Scarlets v Edinburgh
Treviso v Ospreys
Southern Kings v Zebre

September 29-30
Toyota Cheetahs v Ospreys
Dragons v Southern Kings
Glasgow v Treviso
Leinster v Edinburgh
Munster v Cardiff Blues
Scarlets v Connacht
Zebre v Ulster
 

sand_man

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So awesome, can't wait!!! Can never have too much rugby!! Wish I could earn a living being a spectator!
 

bwana

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So awesome, can't wait!!! Can never have too much rugby!! Wish I could earn a living being a spectator!
Yeah, just bummed we have to wait until the third round for the first home match. :eek:
 
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