Shield quarter-finalists decided
January 16, 2000
As well as the European Cup, Sunday also marked the last day of pool fixtures in the European Shield with the quarter finalists now decided.
The three English teams that made it through have all landed tough away ties.
Bristol must visit Biarritz, conquerors of Premiership leaders Gloucester yesterday, Newcastle go to Pau and London Irish travel to the Welsh valleys where unbeaten Ebbw Vale await them.
The fourth tie is an all-French affair _ tournament favourites Castres taking on Perpignan.
"The only thing that will stop this England team from becoming a great team is themselves. They need to ask themselves 'what can we be?'" The Phil Vickery column
The latest Monday Maul looks at the hectic final weekend, the Lions hangover, the superb Mike Brown and the 'selfie'
"At the crux of this England team is a lack of fear, they are not afraid to throw playbooks out of the window." Tom Hamilton reports from Twickenham
"These little deft touches, the nuances O'Driscoll has perfected are what Ireland will miss most." Tom Hamilton on Brian O'Driscoll's final Test in Dublin