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The opening weekend of Champions Cup action shows elite rugby doesn't have to be dull

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Cap fits: Leinster’s Josh van der Flier celebrates bagging a try in his side’s European victory over Montpellier

Cap fits: Leinster’s Josh van der Flier celebrates bagging a try in his side’s European victory over Montpellier

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Garry Ringrose

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Cap fits: Leinster’s Josh van der Flier celebrates bagging a try in his side’s European victory over Montpellier

It's amazing how just one weekend of Heineken Champions Cup rugby can act as a palate cleanser for the stodge we had to endure in November.

Maybe highlight reels give a false sense of how good the fare was, but I did watch the full 80 in a lot of games last weekend to try and exorcise the sheer awfulness of the Autumn Nations Cup - the European entertainment levels were, I think, as good as I imagined them to be.

There is, I think, the same debate about cricket when you compare one-day internationals to the five-day bores. Why not just play one-day cricket all the time? Why is it that European club rugby is just so much more watchable than the Six Nations or Autumn Nations series?


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