Anyone with an informal interest in union hoping to visit Wales’ Six Nations Grand Slam winners for activity this weekend is going to be let down.

It’s an quarter finals period and none of Wales’ four places is closely included in the knockout stages of the Champions Cup or the second-tier Challenge Cup.

Just three of the 23 players who confronted Ireland before a delirious crowd from the Cardiff rain are more most likely to be engaged.

Liam plays Saracens who face Glasgow in the Champions Cup; will face together with Northampton in the Challenge Cup in which ’ Worcester tackle Harlequins.

Prop Tomas Francis’ Exeter team haven’t made it. The other 19 players all play in Wales and have the weekend off.

Feast to famine in just a matter of 2 weeks; main fascination to also-ran onlookers in less compared to the time that it required them to prepare to beat England after their triumph in Italy.

The contrast between Wales’ international success in compared with the regions could not be more crude.

Within exactly the exact same time no Arabian region has already reached the final of the Champions’ Cup.

and Scarlets have all reached semi finals – Blues passing up to a place at this year’s final when they lost to at a place kicking shootout after having a 29-29 draw.

The Blues Also Have twice won the Challenge Cup – but that’s like comparing Georgia winning the an Championship using Wales’ Six Nation Grand Slam win.

Impressive… although perhaps not really the exact same thing.

Gareth Anscombe and Owen Farrell

Country great, regions Not Great

Take a look at the weekend’s fittings and you’re going to see two Scottish clubs, an impressive achievement by Edinburgh and Glasgow, and three Irish states.

It’s worth remembering that while Scotland played with a number of the very entertaining and attractive soccer of the Seven Nations, their sole win was against Italy who’ve not won a game at the championship since 2015 – when they beat Scotland.

If the 2 Scottish teams may perform it in , why can not Ospreys, Scarlets, or even Dragons?

“That’s Welsh foryou personally.

“It doesn’t seem sensible, can it?

“this is a true shame as it’s the show piece of an club – particularly once you see that the Grand Slam and exactly what Wales have only done from the Six Nations.

“You start looking at Edinburgh and Glasgow, they have just got two clubs in Scotland.

“God stop – and I’m not suggesting this – but you imagine we did just have two teams from Wales.

“I’m pretty sure when you merged Ospreys/Scarlets Dragons/Blues there’s a fantastic chance you’d have a minumum of one quarter-final team outside of these and that’s what Scotland do .”

An expected merger of Scarlets and Ospreys punctured Wales’ preparations for its game against Scotland in the Six Nations, with trainer asserting it iuenced the players.

It was fast awakened amid rancour, maintain and counterclaim using Ospreys chairman Mike James stepping down from his role.

Martyn Williams holds his head in his hands after missing a place kick in the 2009 European Cup semi final

Question of qualification

The new financing will have filtered by the upcoming an campaign and the Welsh places have already begun consolidating their squads.

The actual concern for Welsh fans now is clubs qualifying for the 2019-20 Champions’ Cup.

With secured places a thing of the past, none of these Welsh regions is currently inhabiting a qualifying spot from the Pro14 together with three rounds of matches remaining.

Blues, Scarlets and Ospreys could still make it – but that they have to deliver wins at the subsequent month and might wind up knocking each other out of contention in the final round on April 27.

Judgement Day, if Dragons play with Scarlets and Blues face Ospreys at the Principality Stadium, might only live up to its title.

knows the delight and misery of an fisherman’s knockout stages .

He even missed a place kick at the sudden death shoot out with Leicester, but will not let this bad experience shade his perspective of this occasion.

“It is the most useful quarterfinals of almost any sport I think, the best weekend to watch it. an quarterfinals are brilliant, I’ve always loved them and I’ve been lucky to play at certain as well,” he states.

“It is such a pity that there isn’t any Welsh team within.”


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