Wednesday 25 April 2018

Hectic schedule looms for Grenoble

Stock photo: Getty
Stock photo: Getty

John Fallon

Grenoble will play six games in the Top 14 between now and when they host Connacht in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup on April 9.

All six will be key games for Bernard Jackman's men, whose first priority will be to get away from the relegation zone.

They lie 10th on 23 points, nine ahead of Oyonnax who are second from bottom.

But with Grenoble also nine adrift of Brive in the final play-off spot in sixth, they have a lot to play for in those half-dozen league matches.

There is no Top 14 action in France this weekend but it will resume next week, with just one break before the European action returns in April.

Grenoble, whose strong Irish contingent also includes former Connacht captain Andrew Farley as team manager and ex-Munster scrum-half Mike Prendergast as backs coach, will resume at home to Ronan O'Gara's Racing 92 tomorrow week.

They travel to Paris the following weekend to take on struggling reigning champions Stade Francais and a week later will entertain Clermont Auvergne. The following week they will travel to European champions Toulon and after a break for one weekend, they will host La Rochelle on March 26.

The week before they play Connacht they will make the short journey to Oyonnax and the week after the Connacht game they will focus on hosting Castres.

Grenoble are the top scorers in the bottom half of the Top 14 with 290 points from 12 matches but only the bottom two clubs Oyonnax and Agen have conceded more than their 316 points.

Irish Independent

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