The group stages of the European Shield will be completed in January. Up first is Perigueux away on Saturday 13th January 2001, which will be followed a week later (20th January 20001) by the visit of Ebbw Vale to the Stoop. Victory in both of these matches will secure our place in the quarter finals.
Following the first four rounds' of matches we top Pool 5 thanks to victories over Perigueux (23-16), Ebbw Vale (6-18) and Dax (25-3). Our only defeat so far in the campaign came in the away match at Dax. Niall Woods conversion's, of Garrick Morgan's injury time try, shaved the outside of the post and we suffered defeat by the narrowest of margins (23-22).
The quarter finals are due to take place on Saturday 27th January 2001. Whether it is home or away may depend on the number of tries we score, and results in other groups, such is the complicated nature of the qualifying system. (Picture from one of the Shield games)
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.