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Heineken Cup pick'em 2016
Heineken Cup pick'em 2016
Well I'm two days late but we still have a bit of time.

As I said in the NFL Pick'em thread I'd be up for running a pick'em for the European Champions Cup, Rugby Union's version of the UEFA Champion's League (i.e. the teams also have domestic competitions to play), featuring clubs from England, France, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy. There are six rounds in the group stages followed by quarter, semi and final, making a grand total of nine rounds to be played out between here and next May.

The first round of matches is as follows:

114/10/2016 19:45 P1
Glasgow Warriors (Sco)  v   Leicester Tigers (Eng) Scotstoun Stadium
15/10/2016 13:00 P2
Wasps (Eng)  v   Zebre (Ita) Rugby Ricoh Arena
15/10/2016 15:15 P4
Leinster Rugby (WBt^)  v   Castres Olympique (Fra) RDS Arena
15/10/2016 16:15 P3
RC Toulon (Fra)  v   Saracens (Eng) Stade Félix Mayol
15/10/2016 17:30 P2
Connacht Rugby (Irl)  v   Toulouse (Fra) The Sportsground
15/10/2016 17:30 P4
Northampton Saints (Eng)  v   Montpellier (Fra) Franklin's Gardens
15/10/2016 19:45 P3
Scarlets (Wal)  v   Sale Sharks (Eng) Parc y Scarlets
16/10/2016 14:00 P5
Bordeaux-Begles (Fra)  v   Ulster Rugby (Irl) Stade Chaban-Delmas
16/10/2016 16:15 P1
Racing 92 (Fra)  v   Munster Rugby (Irl) Stade Yves-Du-Manoir
16/10/2016 17:30 P5
Exeter Chiefs (Eng)  v   ASM Clermont Auvergne (Fra) Sandy Park Stadium

Now as I said, I think the main competition would be picking the winners of each game or draw*, just as in the NFL version. We can also have a competition for the correct number of bonus points scored, there's a total of three available in each pool game, a point for either team if they score four tries, and another for the losers if they lose by seven points or less, meaning there can be anything from 0 to 30 bonus points per round of the group stages. Also, as with the NFL pick'em we can have a playoffs predicitons, guessing who'll win the five groups and three best runners up, and who'll reach the final.

If interested, drop me a line in the thread and PM me your picks by midnight EDT (4 am Friday morning my time). If enough show an interest this week we could start with the weekend games, if not we can hold off to next week.

^West Britain
*Draws are less common than in association football, but they do happen.
The great appear great because we are on our knees. Let us rise!
Big James

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