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Saturday 3 December 2016

Jamie Heaslip: Toulon are the Real Madrid of rugby

Leinster's Jamie Heaslip during a press conference at Leinster Rugby Offices, UCD, Belfield
Leinster's Jamie Heaslip during a press conference at Leinster Rugby Offices, UCD, Belfield

"They are the Real Madrid of Rugby," said Jamie Heaslip.

Okay, the pay packets may not compare, but the array of talent certainly does and the prospect of staring down Toulon's 'galacticos' has certainly whetted the Leinster captain's appetite for destruction in Marseille.

"There's an excited feeling about it, going over there against a team made up of bloody superstars. The challenge that poses for us is massive and we relish it.

"There's no better occasion than facing the defending champions in their back yard."

Three-time champions Leinster have been cast as rank outsiders, largely based on their recent form, and on the fact Toulon are hunting an unprecedented third straight title.

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