Power Ranking Europe's Top 10 Clubs: Ulster Lead the Way

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Power Ranking Europe's Top 10 Clubs: Ulster Lead the Way
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The quarter-finals for the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup are now confirmed, and they make miserable reading for British club rugby.

In the main competition, only Saracens and Leicester qualified as the two bottom seeds, while Gloucester and Harlequins made it into the Amlin last eight.

Other than that, it’s all about Ireland and France in the Heineken Cup.

The irony is that the current politicking over the future of European rugby is threatening to leave the English and Welsh sides out in the cold.

The message to anyone who loves seeing Europe’s best go head-to-head is to enjoy the mouthwatering fixtures coming our way in April’s last eight, because they could be the last we see for a while.

The beauty of this competition format was that every game had something on it for at least one side.

Whether it was needing a bonus-point win to ensure home advantage in the knockout stages or scrapping to seal the consolation of an Amlin last-eight berth, there was no such thing as a dead rubber. Here is how they shake down.

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