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.
Huw Richards assesses where Wales are after a mixed Six Nations, with front row seats still very much available for the World Cup
John Mitchell lapped up the action on 'Sensational Saturday' - but warns not to expect a repeat come Rugby World Cup time later this year
Craig Dowd warns England, Ireland and Wales they should play to their strengths rather than those of the All Blacks and the Wallabies
Tom Hamilton runs the rule over just where the six countries stand ahead of the global gathering in September