A three-week absence for the power rankings has come to an end with the conclusion of the Six Nations and the return of a busy European schedule. Champions Cup week should lead to an interesting week in the top ten, while the highest climber has risen six places. All revealed below. 40. Kings (1-17, no change) 39. Dragons (5-2-16, no change) 38. Zebre (5-18, down two) 37. Stade Francais (10-18, up one) 36. London Irish (5-19, down one) A 17th defeat for the Kings but their 35-36 loss at home to Treviso was an absolute ripper, almost pulling off the comeback. The Dragons were undone at home by the mazy running of Clayton Blommetjies and the Cheetahs, while Zebre took a proper thrashing at Glasgow.... … [Read more...] about European rugby Power Rankings 2017/2018, week 22: Who is in the top 10 ahead of the Champions Cup?
Welcome back - plenty of change after last weekend's results in the Aviva Premiership, Guinness Pro14 and Top 14, although the top and bottom sides remain the same. Struggling London Irish are the biggest fallers of the week after their thumping at Sale Sharks while there is some shifting around in the top ten, including two new entries (Power Rankings are essentially like the UK Top 40 you used to listen to on the radio every Sunday). Plenty to digest so let's not waste any more time. Dig in! 40. Kings (0-3, last week: 40) 39. Brive (0-4, last week: 37) 38. Zebre (0-3, last week: 39) 37. Worcester (0-3, last week: 34) 36. Dragons (1-2, last week: 38) Very good win for the Dragons over Connacht,... … [Read more...] about European rugby Power Rankings 2017/18: Week three
There are Ch-ch-ch-changes all over the shop in this week's Power Rankings and rightly so after a slightly mad weekend, with four teams climbing as many as seven spots and a new overall leader too. Only five teams remain in the same spots as last week (three in the bottom five) as the season starts to really pick up across the Premiership, Pro14 and Top 14. Dig in below, and add all grumbling to the comments. 40. Kings (0 wins-4 losses, no change) 39. Brive (0-5, no change) 38. London Irish (1-3, down three) 37. Worcester (0-4, no change) 36. Ospreys (1-3, down six) Life is not getting any easier for the Kings or Brive, although the latter showed signs of improvement in their narrow defeat to... … [Read more...] about European rugby Power Rankings 2017/2018: Week four
At 8.04pm, an agent using the conspicuous alias Vandango007 received an email setting out the details of his deployment. The message had come from Rebecca Todd, chief executive of Vericola, a company spying on environmental campaigners on behalf of some of Europe's largest power companies. It was September 2009, and green activists involved in the Climate Camp network were planning a major demonstration against Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire, owned by one of Todd's clients, the energy company E.ON. A meeting to plan the protest was being held at London's SOAS university, and Todd wanted someone on the inside. "Hola Carlos," she wrote to Vandango007 – whose real name is Carl Bishop – in an email providing details of the rendezvous. "It should only last 2 hours … same people that you have met before." Todd, 33, gave Bishop tips on how to explain his recent absence from the group. "Apologise for delay in getting back to them – you have had … [Read more...] about Green groups targeted polluters as corporate agents hid in their ranks
A new weekly series! Having given Europe's top clubs a couple of games to settle into the new season, here is how the teams from the Premiership, PRO14 and Top 14 are stacking up against each other. Last season's achievements and results from the first two rounds (or three in the case of the Top 14) have all been taken into consideration. Don't be surprised if your team quickly rises or falls, given all 40 teams are in play up until the end of the season next year. All reactions are encouraged, whether positive or spitting fire, and should be left in the comments. Onwards! (That's right Dan Carter, show us the way) … [Read more...] about European rugby Power Rankings 2017/18: Week two