Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Leinster and Ulster receive tough Pools in Champions Cup draw

Leinster and Ulster receive tough Pools in Champions Cup draw

Fans in the stadium during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final match between Leinster and Racing 92 at the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao, Spain.

Another French club, Bordeaux and Aviva Premiership side Sale Sharks complete the draw for the Irish Province.

They have been drawn to face fellow four-time winners Toulouse, as well as Wasps and Bath, both of home have European silverware in their lockers.

Beaten finalists Racing are joined by Scarlets, Leicester Tigers and Ulster, while Premiership champions Saracens will play Glasgow Warriors, Lyon and Cardiff Blues. The Cherry and Whites will include a familiar face in South African lock Gerbrandt Grobler who recently moved on from Munster.

Ulster, who qualified for the tournament after a play-off win over the Ospreys in their final game of the season, have been drawn alongside PRO14 finalists the Scarlets, Champions Cup finalists Racing 92 and two-time European champions the Leicester Tigers in one of the competition's toughest Pools.

"Gloucester very almost won the Challenge Cup and they have added even more quality to their side for next season and it will be good to see Gerbrandt again so soon".

"It's a very hard draw, but that is what you expect when you are playing against the best 19 other teams in Europe", Young said.

Munster have won just from four of their 13 semi-finals in the European Cup.

The Falcons are back in European rugby's top competition after a 14-year absence, with their last appearance ending in a 2004 quarterfinal defeat to Stade Francais. Next season's final is penned in for St James' Park in Newcastle.

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