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PremierLeague-News.Com - 2019/20 Challenge Cup winners Bristol Bears are back in the Heineken Cup for the first time in 12 years

Bristol news Bristol Bears set to benefit from European games being postponed PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - 2019/20 Challenge Cup winners Bristol Bears are back in the Heineken Cup for the first time in 12 years

Bristol news Bristol Bears set to benefit from European games being postponed PremierLeague-News.Com
14 January 2021 - 07:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Bristol Bears are set to be one of the sides which could significantly benefit from the decision to postpone the next two weekends of Heineken Champions Cup action. After an opening round defeat, Bristol were facing a tough task to qualify for the quarter-finals, sitting in sixth place in Pool B on six points with two group games remaining, at home to Connacht this weekend and then away at Clermont Auvergne the following weekend. With four clubs in Pool B starting with a pair of victories, even two maximum five match point wins would not have guaranteed the Bears' advancement. However with European rugby organisers EPCR postponing the remaining pool games due to the French government ruling Top 14 sides could not participate due to fears of spreading the new strain of Covid-19, a new format for the 2020/21 tournament is being devised to see the competition completed over the four remaining weekends already in the packed calendar. The Guardian reports the new format will likely be a round of 16 knockout phase being introduced instead of the planned two legged quarter-finals, which would become a one off knockout game. The next scheduled European rugby slot is the weekend of April 2/3/4, when it is hoped the state of the pandemic will have improved across the continent with a vaccine being rolled out, allowing games to be played. In the current format of the Champions Cup only the clubs which finished in the top four of their 12-team pools would advance, but the expected changes would mean sixth place would be good enough to progress, with Bristol likely to face either the third ranked side in Pool B, Toulouse, or the third ranked side in Pool A, Bordeaux-Begles, in the Round of 16 depending on how EPCR decide to structure the competition. On Saturday, Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam, along with the likes of Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter and Wasps head coach Lee Blackett, called for Premiership Rugby to move the Round Seven and Eight domestic league fixtures forward to fill the void left by the postponed European games, but on reflection the Bears boss says he is at ease with the decision to implement a break. Read More Related Articles Bristol Bears star Kyle Sinckler suspended for derby and Six Nations opener Read More Related Articles 'Bristol Bears' supercharged Duracell bunny Harry Randall is exactly what England need' Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Lam said: "I don’t think there are going to be extra weekends for Europe at this stage which is good. "With the situation in the country as it is at the moment it was decided it is probably best to take a bit of a break at the moment, with the situation with public health and to just try and keep everyone safe. "Guys who haven’t had a break yet are having it now but we have been in training this week and it gives us a chance to put some work into our fundamentals and have big focus on us as the Bears and growing our game over the next two weeks like a mini pre-season. "Everyone just has to adapt to whatever decisions are made and that has been the way we have approached it through this whole Covid situation. "Whatever is put in front of us we make our plan and adapt." Rob Baxter added: “We were concerned that if the Premiership games weren’t moved there would be a risk the Heineken Champions Cup games would have to be squeezed in or we would have to deal with midweek fixtures again like we had at the tail end of last season.

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