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Monday 5 December 2016

Munster bosss Anthony Foley knows draw is tough but manageable

Anthony Foley, pictured, believes Francis Saili will be a great addition to Munster's backline
Anthony Foley, pictured, believes Francis Saili will be a great addition to Munster's backline

Coach Anthony Foley knows Munster “will have our work cut out for us” against French Top-14 champions Stade Francais in next season’s Champions Cup.

“It’s a long time coming. I think it’s over ten years since we have met in Europe and they will be two massive games,” he said.

Munster will also have to deal with Leicester Tigers and Benetton Treviso in a tough, but manageable Pool 4.

“Leicester Tigers are a team that we know well,” he offered.

“We’ve shared some big occasions together although it has been a number of years since we’ve gone to battle in competition.

“They’ll travel to Thomond Park knowing that the last time they played there they became the first visiting side to beat us at Thomond in European competition.”

The presence of Italian minnows Treviso could be seen as Munster’s saving grace in that they offer up gilt-edged opportunities for bonus-point victories.

Ulster have been picked out to counter the threats from Toulouse, Saracens and French new boys Oyonnax in Pool 1.

“There is no side in there that we are not capable of beating,” said Manager Bryn Cunningham.

“We have real quality in our squad and in Kingspan Stadium we have one of the best grounds in Europe with passionate supporters that are second to none.”

Connacht will be undaunted by their draw with Brive, Newcastle Falcons and Enisei-STM in The Challenge Cup.

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