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2007-12: the golden era of regional rugby? 
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Post 2007-12: the golden era of regional rugby?
For all the undoubted failings and problems of regional rugby, it did to some extent undergo a golden period for a few years that seems to have been too easily forgotten.

2007: Scarlets reach HC semi-final, including doing the double over Toulouse in the pool stage and beating the then-reigning champions Munster in the quarter-final. Ospreys win the Celtic League and are runners-up in the EDF Energy Cup.

2008: Ospreys reach their first HC quarter-final and win the EDF Energy Cup against the same opponents from the previous year - Leicester Tigers.

2009: Cardiff Blues reach HC semi-final, only to lose a penalty shoot out to Leicester Tigers. Their pool stage included a 14-man victory at Gloucester. They also win the EDF Energy Cup, which happened to feature a massive victory over Gloucester.

2010: Cardiff Blues win the European Challenge Cup against Toulon, who even then were a pretty formidable side. Ospreys win the Celtic League (now re-named Pro 12) again, this time involving play-offs, including a final victory at Leinster. They also very nearly reached their first HC semi-final, losing against Biarritz by just one point.

2012: Ospreys win the Pro 12 again, with a last-gasp try and conversion at Leinster. Cardiff Blues are thus far the last Welsh team to reach the HC quarter-finals.


Mon May 22, 2017 5:52 pm
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Mon May 22, 2017 6:22 pm
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Post Re: 2007-12: the golden era of regional rugby?
We've never had 'regional' rygbi, boes bach!


Mon May 22, 2017 7:02 pm
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Post Re: 2007-12: the golden era of regional rugby?
But fair play the rejuns did come 2nd in most of those game mentioned, I suppose if you call crap gold often enough so memo will listen.

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