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Jackman: Challenge Cup pointless
31 Oct 2014 17:05
Former Leinster and Ireland hooker Bernard has strongly criticised the European Challenge Cup saying that he does not think the competition is sustainable in its current format.
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Currently head coach at Grenoble, Jackman has seen his side lose their first two games in the competition to Cardiff Blues and London Irish.
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Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Jackman said that he saw the competition as a chance to rest his first-team players and that there was little purpose in taking it seriously.
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“The Challenge Cup is from my point of view a bit of a pointless competition in terms of your first-grade players,” Jackman said. “It’s a great opportunity to give guys game time.
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“The second competition over here, the Espoirs, is under-23s only, and you can have one overage player. So we have guys, 27 or 28, who don’t get to play for us probably as regularly as you’d like.
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“So for them it’s a case of giving them two weeks in a row to get 80 minutes under their belts and prove that they’re ready for a first-team place; [it’s also] to rehabilitate guys coming back from injury, and get game time into them; and also to have a look at some of our young French guys who in our academy.”
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