4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
This is the third meeting of the side's this season. Pitted against each other in the Pool Stages, it's one win apiece, but the momentum is with the current Heineken Cup holders Toulouse. A 23-16 Round 1 defeat at Meadowbank was avenged in Round 6 Minus the on-park leadership of Todd Blackadder, the Gunners have found life tough. The round six loss in Toulouse saw them slip from top seeds to eighth, and face the tricky tie they have now.
Toulouse may be without Jean-Baptiste Ellissalde for the match, but that won't bother wily old coach Guy Noves too much. The twice-European champions have a strong squad, and even stronger team spirit.
MUNSTER v STADE FRANCAIS Saturday 10th April 2004, 5:00 pm. Thomond Park, Limerick. RTE / Sky / Sport +
These European heavyweights have met three times before in the Heineken Cup. And all at crucial stages. Munster lead the battle 2-1, with quarter-final wins in 99/00 (27-10), and 01/02 (16-14), with Stade's win coming in 00/01 at the semi-final stage (16-15). Thomond Park has not proved the fortress of old this season, with the Munstemen suffering defeats in the Celtic League, but they did win all their home Pool matches.
Stade Francais qualified from the Pool of Death' - Pool 1, knocking out former winners Ulster and Leicester Tigers along the way.
Full Details at: www.munsterrugby.ie
WASPS v GLOUCESTER Sunday 11th April 2004, 3:00 pm. Causeway Stadium, High Wycombe.
The all-English tie. These sides know each other very well with their regular tussles in the Zurich Premiership. Their last meeting saw Wasps winning 20-12, at the Causeway Stadium - the venue for this quarter-final match. Both sides have explosive backlines filled with international stars. For Wasps, Josh Lewsey is a key player, his match up against Marcel Garvey is one of the head-to-head battles of the round.
The home side are the current champions of England and the Parker Pen Challenge Cup holders, progression to become European champions was their pre-season stated aim, but Gloucester - Pool 5 qualifiers with a 5-1 Pool Stage record, stand in their way. This match is certain to be a real cracker.