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Fixture News Mallinder anticipating tough trip to Paris
Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that the team’s opening European Rugby Champions Cup game in Paris will be “both exciting and challenging”.
The Saints will be heading to the French capital for the first time in a competitive European tournament, where they will play Racing Metro at the Stade Yves du Manoir on Saturday, October 18th (KO 6:15pm local time).
There is another Saturday evening clash in Round 2, with the Saints hosting the Ospreys at Franklin’s Gardens at 5:15pm on Saturday, October 25th.
December then sees back-to-back clashes with Treviso, with the game in northern Italy coming in Round 3 and the return leg in the East Midlands in Round 4.
“Starting our European Rugby Champions Cup campaign in France is both exciting and challenging,” he commented. “Racing Metro is well known as one of the most ambitious clubs in the competition and their squad is packed full of internationals and British Lions.
“It is an important start for us, and hopefully as many Saints supporters as possible will be there to get behind the team in our first competitive match in Paris.
“The game the following week against the Ospreys will be just as important. Winning your home games is crucial if you want to progress into the quarter finals, and we know from our two games against them last season that the Ospreys will be tough opponents.”
The club is now taking registrations of interest in the official trips to both Paris and Treviso. To put your name down for either of these mouth-watering continental journeys email firstname.lastname@example.org
EUROPEAN RUGBY CHAMPIONS CUP
R1 – Racing Metro v Saints | Stade Yves du Manoir, Paris | Sat, Oct 18th, 2014 | KO 6:15pm local time
R2 – Saints v Ospreys | Franklin’s Gardens | Sat, Oct 25th, 2014 | KO 5:15pm
R3 – Treviso v Saints | Stadio Monigo, Treviso | w/e 5/6/7 Dec, 2014 | KO TBC
R4 – Saints v Treviso | Franklin’s Gardens | w/e 12/13/14 Dec, 2014 | KO TBC
R5 – Ospreys v Saints | Liberty Stadium | w/e 16/17/18 Jan, 2015 | KO TBC
R6 – Saints v Racing Metro | Franklin’s Gardens w/e 23/24/25 Jan, 2015 | KO TBC