European Rugby Round Three Social Media Preview
The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup returns this weekend as the 12 Gallagher Premiership sides battle for European success on the continent.
Newcastle Falcons will aim to continue their stunning start to their European campaign and secure a hat-trick of victories in the competition against Edinburgh Rugby on their first return to the competition in 13 years.
Meanwhile, a thrilling all Gallagher Premiership clash headlines Saturday’s action as second and third placed Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester Rugby face off to keep their Champions Cup aspirations alive.
Elsewhere, Bath Rugby will look to kick start their European adventure against two-time reigning champions Leinster at the Rec as Todd Blackadder’s men aim to clinch their first Champions Cup win this season.
Wasps are yet to win in the Champions Cup, but Dai Young will expect his side to put on a show when they face Top 14 opposition Toulouse in Coventry.
History appears to be on their side as Wasps haven’t been beaten in their last 12 home games against Top 14 sides.
Gallagher Premiership leaders Saracens haven’t tasted defeat this season in any competition and they will aim to maintain their unblemished record against Cardiff Blues at Allianz Park.
Leicester Tigers bring the curtain down on a thrilling weekend of action when they face last season’s finalists Racing 92 in Nanterre.
Meanwhile, five Gallagher Premiership teams find themselves in Challenge Cup action as both Sale Sharks and Worcester Warriors target a hat-trick of victories against Bordeaux and Pau respectively.
Northampton Saints welcome Dragons to Franklin’s Gardens, while Harlequins travel to Benetton.
Bristol Bears are vying for a second win in Europe since their return to the top flight against La Rochelle at Ashton Gate.
With a bumper weekend of European action, this is how all the clubs have been preparing for their European adventures on social media.
Alex Goode believes Saracens can go all the way.
Saracens are eyeing up the European Champions Cup.
“The whole club’s got a buzz about it this week” – @Alex_goode0
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) December 6, 2018
Bath are preparing for the challenge of Leinster.
1⃣ Johnny Sexton
2⃣ James Lowe
3⃣ Josh van der Flier
— Bath Rugby (@bathrugby) December 6, 2018
Wasps were busy sorting their Christmas presents out ahead of their clash with Toulouse.
🎄 Welcome to the first of our #Christmas Challenges…
Who can get the most items of clothing on in 45 seconds?! 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/IZ00fFLt0G
— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) December 6, 2018
Nic White says Exeter are ready for the challenge of Gloucester.
— Exeter Chiefs (@ExeterChiefs) December 6, 2018
Gloucester summed up everyone’s levels of excitement ahead of the weekend’s action.
— Gloucester Rugby (@gloucesterrugby) December 7, 2018
Former Tigers back Austin Healey looked ahead to the challenge of Racing 92.
— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) December 6, 2018
Newcastle Falcons will be hoping for much more of this in Edinburgh.
TODAY’S THE DAY 💃
And here’s a reminder of how @FalconsRugby signed off Round 2… 👌
— Heineken Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) December 7, 2018
Sale are aiming for a triple European success, these were the scenes from their last win.
More of the same this time round please🙌
— Sale Sharks🦈 (@SaleSharksRugby) December 6, 2018
Worcester Warriors are set for a thriller in France – just look at those views.
🇫🇷 The scene is set 🏔️ pic.twitter.com/8NHnPPaynN
— Worcester Warriors ⚔️ (@WorcsWarriors) December 7, 2018
Northampton Saints hope to give their wing Taqele Naiyaravoro a perfect Birthday present.
— Northampton Saints 😇 (@SaintsRugby) December 7, 2018
Quins’ Gabriel Ibitoye is hoping for much the same as last week’s win over Exeter.
🗣 “Although it was good to get the win, we’ve got to look to improve in the coming games”
— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) December 6, 2018
Bristol Bears kept everyone waiting for their team news…
Team news coming at midday 😬 pic.twitter.com/QQsn4Zns7p
— Bristol Bears (@BristolBears) December 7, 2018