OGara and Ryan to take on Munster as provinces learn Champions Cup

first_img 15 Comments Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss (left), Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and Leinster head coach Leo Cullen. Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss (left), Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and Leinster head coach Leo Cullen. By Alan Waldron FORMER MUNSTER FLY-HALF Ronan O’Gara will face his home province for the second successive season after Rassie Erasmus’s side were drawn alongside Racing 92 in Pool 4 for the 2017/18 Champions Cup.The Racing assistant coach is currently away in a coaching capacity on the Ireland summer tour to the USA and Japan.However, when he turns his attention to a new club season he will begin preparation for Champions Cup games against Munster, Leicester — who were also in the same pool last season — and Castres.Another interesting Munster v Racing angle will be the return of lock Donnacha Ryan to Thomond Park, following his recent move to Paris.Leo Cullen’s Leinster have been handed a reasonable draw in Pool 3 with Exeter Chiefs the top seed in their group. They will also face off against Pro12 rivals Glasgow, who will be managed by highly-rated Chiefs coach Dave Rennie, at home and away, and renew acquaintances with Montpellier.Third-tier team Ulster have a tricky assignment ahead but will at least be pleased to have avoided the obvious Group of Death; Pool 2 containing last season’s finalists Clermont Auvergne and Saracens, as well as the Ospreys and Northampton.Les Kiss’s side have been pitted against the Wasps and La Rochelle, who finished top of their respective tables in France and England last season. with Harlequins completing Pool 1.Reigning Pro12 champions Scarlets are the top-tier side in Pool 5, which also includes Toulon, Bath and Benetton.Champions Cup drawPool 1WaspsLa RochelleUlsterHarlequinsPool 2ASM Clermont AuvergneSaracensOspreysNorthamptonPool 3Exeter ChiefsLeinsterMontpellierGlasgowPool 4MunsterRacing 92LeicesterCastresPool 5ScarletsToulonBathBenettonEPCR key dates – 2017/18 seasonRound 1: 12/13/14/15 OctoberRound 2: 19/20/21/22 OctoberRound 3: 7/8/9/10 DecemberRound 4: 14/15/16/17 DecemberRound 5: 11/12/13/14 January 2018Round 6: 18/19/20/21 January 2018Quarter-finals: 29/30/31 March – 1 April 2018Semi-finals: 20/21/22 April 2018Champions Cup final: Saturday 12 May, San Mamés Stadium, BilbaoThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 8 Jun 2017, 1:57 PM http://the42.ie/3433369 Short URL O’Gara and Ryan to take on Munster as provinces learn Champions Cup fate Leinster have been drawn in Pool 3 with Exeter, Montpellier and Glasgow. Jun 8th 2017, 1:57 PM Follow us: the42.ie Munster’s Greg O’Shea named in Ireland squad for Grand Prix series trip to PolandOpportunity knocks for O’Brien as Warburton sidelined with ankle injury Share19 Tweet Email2 24,372 Views last_img

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