Stade Francais

Rugby U


Evening all. Leicester v Stade Français, you want? Right you are. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qBGNlTPgQII

One of the old marquee clashes of European rugby, this. neither side quite what they were, but both still pretty impressive.

Stade won the Top14 last season, of course, but they're 3 and 5, as the Americans would say, this year. World Cup blues...

Ten minutes to kick off. The luxury! Switching from writing on my phone to my laptop in a minute.

See that? Seamless. This is the new world on @ByTheMinSport. Teams coming up...

LEI: Tait(c); Thompstone, Betham, Smith, Goneva; Williams, BYoungs; Ayerza, TYoungs, Cole; Barrow, Fitzgerald; Williams, O'Connor, McCaffrey

SFR: Bonneville; Arias, Williams, Bosman, Sinzelle; Steyn, Dupuy; Taulafo, Panis, Oleon; Gabrillagues, Papé; Sio, Nicolas, Parisse (c).

Tom Croft a late cry-off for Leicester. Boo. Ed Slater back on the bench. Hooray.

Stade run down the Welford Road steps onto the field. Pink shirts, white shorts, pink socks. Quite staid, for Stade.

Smoke on the Water rings out, and Matt Tait leads Leicester onto the field.