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Eight Great rugby matches we wish were happening in 2015

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With all the focus currently on international rugby in the run in to the World Cup, I have compiled a list of club matches that definitely won't happen this year, or in the foreseeable future, but which would produce mouth watering viewing and international quality.

Waratahs V Toulon

Arguably the two most star studded teams on Earth and more importantly two standard bearers for the club game in their respective hemispheres.

While the 'Tahs didn't hit the heights of 2014 they still finished top of the Australian Conference and both teams look unbeatable at their best. This would be the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object.


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Crusaders V Munster

Two giants of the modern game who, again, boast line ups of international class. Both teams have a storied history and will be under pressure to lift major trophies next season.

Both are hungry having experienced plenty of disappointment in the latter stages of recent competitions after previous years of success.

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Clermont Auvergne V Bulls

In this clash both sides would be looking to dominate upfront to unleash their power runners. Clermont are perhaps a shade more skilful in their approach but the size of the South African pack would pose problems Clermont rarely face.

Both teams have tasted silverware but too rarely when looking at the talent of the respective squads.

Waikato Chiefs V Leinster

These are two teams who have historically resided in the shadow of neighbouring rivals, but in recent times have dominated with a brand of high paced running rugby.

Chiefs may have failed in their attempt to emulate Leinster's achievement of an amazing three titles in four years but still looked dangerous Southern Hemisphere's top club competition. This matchup would produce strike moves for days and a wily nous unmatched by many other sides.

Highlanders V Glasgow Warriors

Both of these teams produced entertaining but surprising 2015 seasons ending with their first respective titles of the Professional Era.

Both teams posed threats with young stars in the backline who will be determined to prove that they are not one-hit-wonders. This would be a high tempo affair from the get-go and quite possibly the most entertaining match on this list.

Sharks V Northampton Saints

Another two teams who have generally sat just behind other club giants. The Sharks looked so dangerous at the top of the table a couple of seasons ago and Northampton broke a 14 year drought without premiership glory the following year.

The current editions of these squads present two of the most daunting packs in world rugby and the upfront collision would be monumental. Both teams seemed to crumble somewhat by the end of the 2015 season and will be looking to bounce back next year.

Brumbies V Saracens

This is a pairing of consistency, quality kicking, and underrated flair. Both sides are always in the mix to challenge for any trophy they compete for, and both have had South African input in recent years to help create two of the toughest sides to beat in world rugby.

Hurricanes V Bath

Flair. Flair. Flair. This match would be built around two awe inspiring backlines. This would be a great match in any season, but 2015 was stellar for both teams. Their attacking philosophies have paid dividends in spades this year with Bath competing on two fronts and the 'Canes leading the way down south before a disappointing final. Of all the games on this list, this might just be the most entertaining.

Who do you think would win these clashes and what unlikely matches would you love to see in the club game?

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