Gordon D’Arcy: Irish provinces adapting and excelling in chaotic Champions Cup

Current format reflects these uncertain times, but there’s plenty to build on

John Hodnett of Munster breaks with the ball during the  match between Wasps and Munster at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Sunday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

John Hodnett of Munster breaks with the ball during the match between Wasps and Munster at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Sunday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The current Covid-19-impacted Heineken Champions Cup format needs to return to some normality – or preferably a less-clipped version at the pool stage – if it is to avoid drifting from its place and pre-eminence in the rugby calendar.

The weekly whims of some French and English clubs have been frustrating to watch. The discrepancy between full and under-strength teams from round to round in the pool stages is striking and ultimately eroding the long-term value of the tournament.

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