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The European Rugby Union, which runs the Heineken Cup, won’t exactly be cheering on English teams to win the coveted club trophy this year given Premiership Rugby is boycotting next year’s competition - but we say good on them for standing up to the man.

In this case, the man is an organisation that’s not giving the English clubs a fair slice of the TV rights and other income pie.

The London clubs Saracens and Harlequins, who we can see live this month, have some work to do to get through to the knockout phase and give themselves a chance of taking the title.

Last year’s semi-finalists Sarries are London’s best bet at this stage, with a win and a loss going into Dec 7’s round three matches away and then home at Allianz Park (Dec 14) to Zebre.

Harlequins must win the rest of their group games to have a hope and should back themselves against Racing Metro in France before hosting them at Twickenham Stoop on Dec 15.

For tickets to the London games, visit quins.co.uk and saracens.com.

December 7, 14 and 15


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