Limerick Rugby

Munster draw English, French and SA teams in EPCR

THERE is no easy opposition in the annual EPCR draw and Munster are faced with games against Northampton Saints, Vodacom Bulls, Stade Français Paris, Saracens, Castres Olympique.
Gallagher Premiership champions Northampton Saints will be keen to win their second Champions Cup after impressing both domestically and in EPCR competition last season.
URC clubs Munster Rugby and Vodacom Bulls will have ambitions of their own, however, after the latter reached their domestic final last season, while Munster have won EPCR’s elite title twice, both in Cardiff, where this year’s showpiece will also take place.
Stade Français Paris were second in the regular TOP14 campaign in 2023/24 and will be eager to prove themselves in the Investec Champions Cup after failing to win a match in last season’s pool stage.
Similarly, Castres Olympique will have been disappointed with their performance last term, when they were beaten in the Round of 16 of the EPCR Challenge Cup.
Saracens will begin their post-Owen Farrell era next season and so all eyes will be on how the three-time winners adapt in the Investec Champions Cup.

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