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Harlequins' Care excited by Munster Cup challenge

HARLEQUINS and England scrum-half Danny Care is relishing the prospect of a "massive" Heineken Cup quarter-final clash against twice European champions Munster.

Top seeds Quins are among three English clubs through to the tournament's last-eight, being joined by Saracens and Leicester.

While Quins will host Munster in early April, Saracens entertain Ulster and Leicester go to Toulon, with the remaining quarter-final an all-French affair between Clermont Auvergne and Montpellier.

Care tweeted: "So excited about the quarter final draw... Munster at the mighty Stoop gonna be massive!!"

It is the first time since 2009 that three English clubs have made the quarter-finals.

Leicester progressed as sixth seeds after knocking out four-time European champions Toulouse, which means a trip to Toulon.

"You would prefer to be at home, but we have got to get past Toulon. They are an immense side, a fantastic team," Leicester rugby director Richard Cockerill said.

"It is going to be a huge event for us and another huge day in Tigers' history."

While Leicester toppled Toulouse 9-5 in the Welford Road snow, Saracens skated across a wintry surface on their final appearance at Vicarage Road to post a 40-7 bonus-point victory over Edinburgh.

And Munster, Heineken Cup winners in 2006 and 2008, knew they had to record a bonus-point success against Racing to progress as eighth seeds at holders Leinster's expense, and they delivered with a 29-6 win.

"If we hadn't (reached the quarter-finals) the people would be in the long grass, there would have been a lot of bullets being fired," Munster head coach Rob Penney said.

"If we hadn't got the outcome, I would have still been proud of the progress we are making and the areas of growth we are getting."

Clermont, unbeaten at home for more than 50 games, will be firm favourites to eliminate quarter-final debutants Montpellier, while three English clubs secured Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final home ties.

Top seeds Bath play Stade Francais, with Gloucester hosting Biarritz and Wasps meeting Leinster. The fourth tie sees French sides Perpignan and Toulouse going head to head.

Assessing the Leinster visit, Wasps rugby director David Young said: "You could look at it and say it's not much reward for topping our pool to then be given a draw against the Heineken Cup champions. But, on the flip side, what a hugely exciting prospect it will be playing them at home."