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Heineken Cup - Team by Team Guide
PA Sport
November 7, 2007

On the eve of this year's Heineken Cup kick off check out PA Sport's club by club guide.

POOL ONE

PERPIGNAN (France)
Rugby director: Jacques Brunel.
Captains: Gregory Le Corvec/Nathan Hines.
Cup record: Played 48, won 30, drawn 0, lost 18.
Current status: 12th (Top 14).
Player to watch: Percy Montgomery.
Odds: 9/1.

LONDON IRISH (England)
Rugby director: Brian Smith.
Captain: Bob Casey.
Cup record: Played 12, won 4, drawn 0, lost 8.
Current status: 9th (Guinness Premiership).
Player to watch: Peter Richards.
Odds: 66/1.

NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS (Wales)
Coach: Paul Turner.
Captain: Colin Charvis.
Cup record: Played 18, won 6, drawn 0, lost 12.
Current status: 7th (Magners League).
Player to watch: Colin Charvis.
Odds: 100/1.

TREVISO (Italy)
Coach: Franco Smith.
Captain: Silvio Orlando.
Cup record: Played 54, won 14, drawn 0, lost 40.
Current status: 4th (Super 10).
Player to watch: Lucas Borges.
Odds: 500/1.

Prediction: 1 - Perpignan, 2 - London Irish, 3 - Newport Gwent Dragons, 4 - Treviso.

POOL TWO

GLOUCESTER (England)
Head coach: Dean Ryan.
Captain: Marco Bortolami.
Cup record: Played 33, won 20, drawn 1, lost 12.
Current status: 1st (Guinness Premiership).
Player to watch: Chris Paterson.
Odds: 12/1.

OSPREYS (Wales)
Head coach: Lyn Jones.
Captain: Filo Tiatia.
Cup record: Played 24, won 10, drawn 1, lost 13.
Current status: 6th (Magners League).
Player to watch: James Hook.
Odds: 16/1.

ULSTER (Ireland)
Rugby director: Mark McCall.
Captain: Rory Best.
Cup record: Played 69, won 29, drawn 2, lost 38.
Current status: 10th (Magners League).
Player to watch: Andrew Trimble.
Odds: 80/1.

BOURGOIN (France)
Rugby director: Pierre Raschi.
Captain: Julien Pierre.
Cup record: Played 42, won 11, drawn 0, lost 31.
Current status: 3rd (Top 14).
Player to watch: Benjamin Boyet.
Odds: 100/1.

Prediction: 1 - Ospreys, 2 - Gloucester, 3 - Ulster, 4 - Bourgoin.


POOL THREE

STADE FRANCAIS (France)
Coach: Fabien Galthie.
Captain: Christophe Dominici.
Cup record: Played 60, won 41, drawn 1, lost 18.
Current status: 10th (Top 14).
Player to watch: Juan Martin Hernandez.
Odds: 5/2.

CARDIFF BLUES (Wales).
Rugby director: David Young.
Captain: Xavier Rush.
Cup record: Played 68, won 30, drawn 2, lost 36.
Current status: 1st (Magners League).
Player to watch: Robin Sowden-Taylor.
Odds: 50/1.

HARLEQUINS (England)
Rugby director: Dean Richards.
Captain: Paul Volley.
Cup record: Played 30, won 10, drawn 2, lost 18.
Current status: 4th (Guinness Premiership).
Player to watch: Andy Gomarsall.
Odds: 125/1.

BRISTOL (England)
Head coach: Richard Hill.
Captain: Matt Salter.
Cup record: Played 6, won 3, drawn 0, lost 3.
Current status: 6th (Guinness Premiership).
Player to watch: David Lemi.
Odds: 125/1.

Prediction: 1 - Stade Francais, 2 - Cardiff Blues, 3 - Harlequins, 4 - Bristol.


POOL FOUR

BIARRITZ (France)
Rugby director: Patrice Lagisquet.
Captain: Benoit August.
Cup record: Played 52, won 34, drawn 1, lost 17.
Current status: 4th (Top 14).
Player to watch: Damien Traille.
Odds: 9/2.

SARACENS (England)
Rugby director: Alan Gaffney.
Captain: Neil de Kock.
Cup record: Played 18, won 11, drawn 0, lost 7.
Current status: 3rd (Guinness Premiership).
Player to watch: Chris Jack.
Odds: 16/1.

GLASGOW (Scotland)
Coach: Sean Lineen.
Captain: Alastair Kellock.
Cup record: Played 49, won 13, drawn 1, lost 35.
Current status: 5th (Magners League).
Player to watch: Kelly Brown.
Odds: 150/1.

VIADANA (Italy)
Rugby director: Franco Tonni.
Captain: Kaine Robertson.
Cup record: Played 6, won 0, drawn 0, lost 6.
Current status: 1st (Super 10).
Player to watch: Josh Sole.
Odds: 1,000/1.

Prediction: 1 - Biarritz, 2 - Saracens, 3 - Glasgow, 4 - Viadana.


POOL FIVE

WASPS (England)
Rugby director: Ian McGeechan.
Captain: Lawrence Dallaglio.
Cup record: Played 60, won 39, drawn 1, lost 20.
Current status: 10th (Guinness Premiership).
Player to watch: James Haskell.
Odds: 20/1.

CLERMONT AUVERGNE (France)
Rugby director: Jean-Marc Lhermet.
Captain: Aurelien Rougerie.
Cup record: Played 26, won 11, drawn 1, lost 14.
Current status: 7th (Top 14).
Player to watch: Viliami Delasau.
Odds: 20/1.

MUNSTER (Ireland)
Rugby director: Declan Kidney.
Captain: Paul O'Connell.
Cup record: Played 84, won 58, drawn 1, lost 25.
Current status: 4th (Magners League).
Player to watch: Brian Carney.
Odds: 20/1.

LLANELLI SCARLETS (Wales)
Rugby director: Phil Davies.
Captain: Simon Easterby.
Cup record: Played 75, won 45, drawn 0, lost 30.
Current status: 2nd (Magners League).
Player to watch: Alix Popham.
Odds: 40/1.

Prediction: 1 - Wasps, 2 - Munster, 3 - Clermont Auvergne, 4 - Llanelli Scarlets.


POOL SIX

TOULOUSE (France)
Coach: Guy Noves.
Captains: Yannick Jauzion/Jean Boulhou.
Cup record: Played 85, won 60, drawn 3, lost 22.
Current status: 2nd (Top 14).
Player to watch: Thierry Dusautoir.
Odds: 9/1.

LEICESTER (England)
Head coach: Marcelo Loffreda.
Captain: Martin Corry.
Cup record: Played 76, won 54, drawn 1, lost 21.
Current status: 5th (Guinness Premiership).
Player to watch: Aaron Mauger.
Odds: 9/1.

LEINSTER (Ireland)
Coach: Michael Cheika.
Captain: Brian O'Driscoll.
Cup record: Played 74, won 46, drawn 1, lost 27.
Current status: 3rd (Magners League).
Player to watch: Felipe Contepomi.
Odds: 33/1.

EDINBURGH (Scotland)
Coach: Andy Robinson.
Captains: Ally Hogg/Simon Cross.
Cup record: Played 59, won 20, drawn 3, lost 36.
Current status: 8th (Magners League).
Player to watch: Ally Hogg.
Odds: 250/1.

Prediction: 1 - Leicester, 2 - Toulouse, 3 - Leinster, 4 - Edinburgh.

Quarter-finalists: Perpignan, Ospreys, Gloucester, Stade Francais, Biarritz, Saracens, Wasps, Leicester.

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