Saturday 16 December 2017

Team by team guide for the 2010-11 Heineken Cup

Pool 1

Cardiff Blues

Director of rugby: Dai Young

Captain: Paul Tito

Heineken best: Finalists in 1996.

Key signing: Dan Parks

Player to watch: Bradley Davies

Odds: 12/1


Coach: Laurent Travers/Laurent Labit

Captain: Alexandre Albouy/Sebastien Tillous-Borde

Heineken best: Semi-finals in 2002

Key signing: Seremaia Bai

Player to watch: Marc Andreu

Odds: 80/1


Coach: Rob Moffat

Captain: Roddy Grant

Heineken best: Quarter-finals in 2004

Key signing: Alex Grove

Player to watch: Scott MacLeod

Odds: 100/1


Director of rugby: Jim Mallinder

Captain: Dylan Hartley

Heineken best: Winners in 2000

Key signing: Tom Wood

Player to watch: Phil Dowson

Odds: 12/1

Prediction: 1 - Cardiff Blues, 2 - Northampton, 3 - Castres, 4 - Edinburgh

Pool 2

Clermont Auvergne

Coach: Vern Cotter

Captain: Aurelien Rougerie

Heineken best: Quarter-finals in 2000, 2002 and 2010.

Key signing: Sione Lauaki

Player to watch: Alexandre Lapandry

Odds: 10/1


Coach: Josef Schmidt

Captain: Leo Cullen

Heineken best: Winners in 2009

Key signing: Isaac Boss

Player to watch: Jonathan Sexton

Odds: 20/1

Racing Metro

Coach: Pierre Berbizier

Captain: Lionel Nallet

Heineken best: First campaign

Key signing: Juan Martin Hernandez

Player to watch: Benjamin Fall

Odds: 40/1


Director of rugby: Brendan Venter

Captain: Steve Borthwick

Heineken best: Semi-finals in 2008

Key signing: David Strettle

Player to watch: Alex Goode

Odds: 28/1

Prediction: 1 - Clermont Auvergne, 2 - Leinster, 3 - Saracens, 4 - Racing Metro

Pool 3

London Irish

Head coach: Toby Booth

Captain: Clarke Dermody

Heineken best: Semi-finals in 2008

Key signing: Daniel Bowden

Player to watch: Delon Armitage

Odds: 50/1


Director of rugby: Tony McGahan

Captain: Paul O'Connell

Heineken best: Winners in 2006 and 2008

Key signing: Johne Murphy

Player to watch: Tomas O'Leary

Odds: 10/1


Director of rugby: Scott Johnson

Captain: Alun-Wyn Jones

Heineken best: Quarter-finals in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Key signing: Richard Fussell

Player to watch: James Hook

Odds: 12/1


Director of rugby: Philippe Saint-Andre

Captain: Joe van Niekerk

Heineken best: First campaign

Key signing: Carl Hayman

Player to watch: George Smith

Odds: 18/1

Prediction: 1 - Toulon, 2 - Munster, 3 - Ospreys, 4 - London Irish

Pool 4


Coach: Franco Bernini

Captain: Quintin Geldenhuys

Heineken best: First campaign

Key signing: Nick Williams

Player to watch: Danwel Demas

Odds: 500/1


Coach: Steve Meehan

Captain: Luke Watson

Heineken best: Winners in 1998

Key signing: Lewis Moody

Player to watch: Olly Barkley

Odds: 10/1


Director of rugby: Laurent Rodriguez

Captain: Jerome Thion

Heineken best: Finalists in 2006 and 2010

Key signing: Sylvain Marconnet

Player to watch: Takudzwa Ngwenya

Odds: 12/1


Coach: Brian McLaughlin

Captain: Rory Best

Heineken best: Winners in 1999

Key signing: Ruan Pienaar

Player to watch: Andrew Trimble

Odds: 50/1

Prediction: 1 - Biarritz, 2 - Bath, 3 - Ulster, 4 - Aironi

Pool 5

Benetton Treviso

Coach: Franco Smith

Captain: Antonio Pavanello

Heineken best: Pool stages

Key signing: Joe Maddock

Player to watch: Alessandro Zanni

Odds: 500/1


Director of rugby: Richard Cockerill

Captain: Geordan Murphy

Heineken best: Winners in 2001 and 2002

Key signing: Thomas Waldrom

Player to watch: Tom Croft

Odds: 7/1


Coach: Jacques Brunel

Captain: Nicolas Mas/Perry Freshwater

Heineken best: Finalists in 2003

Key signing: Julien Fritz

Player to watch: Jerome Porical

Odds: 14/1


Director of rugby: Nigel Davies

Captain: Matthew Rees

Heineken best: Semi-finals in 2000, 2002 and 2007

Key signing: Jonny Faamatuainu

Player to watch: Jonathan Davies

Odds: 100/1

Prediction: 1 - Leicester, 2 - Perpignan, 3 - Scarlets, 4 - Benetton Treviso

Pool 6


Coach: Sean Lineen

Captain: Alastair Kellock

Heineken best: Quarter-final play-off in 1998

Key signing: Federico Martin Aramburu

Player to watch: Ruaridh Jackson

Odds: 100/1


Director of rugby: Tony Hanks

Captain: Tom Rees

Heineken best: Winners in 2004 and 2007

Key signing: Andy Powell

Player to watch: Dominic Waldouck

Odds: 25/1

Newport Gwent Dragons

Coach: Paul Turner

Captain: Tom Willis

Heineken best: Pool stages

Key signing: Matthew Jones

Player to watch: Aled Brew

Odds: 200/1


Coach: Guy Noves

Captain: Thierry Dusautoir

Heineken best: Winners in 1996, 2003, 2005 and 2010.

Key signing: Vilimoni Delasau

Player to watch: Clement Poitrenaud

Odds: 4/1

Prediction: 1 - Toulouse, 2 - Glasgow, 3 - Wasps, 4 - Newport Gwent Dragons

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