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The Breakdown | Champions Cup Opponents

20th June 2019 By The Editor

Munster will face Racing 92 in the Champions Cup Pool stages.

Munster will face Racing 92 in the Champions Cup Pool stages.

Munster will face Saracens, Racing 92 and Ospreys in the Pool stages of the 2019/20 Champions Cup with some mouthwatering Pool games to be played in November, December and January.

Munster will face Saracens, Racing 92 and Ospreys in the Pool stages of the 2019/20 Champions Cup with some mouthwatering Pool games to be played in November, December and January.

Read Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan’s reaction to the draw here.

The Pool has been tipped by many to be the most hotly-contested in next season’s Champions Cup with Munster, Saracens and Racing 92 all topping their respective Pools in last season’s competition.

Welsh side Ospreys earned their place at the top table of European rugby thanks to a very impressive play-off win over Scarlets and will relish the challenge of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Read more about out European opposition below.

Guarantee your place at all three home Pool games with a Munster Rugby Season Ticket!

Season Tickets and MRSC membership can be purchased from the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices in Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park, online here, or by calling 021 4323737.

Saracens

Top seeds Saracens are the defending champions of Europe having secured the Champions Cup and Premiership titles last season with the English side winning three of the last four European finals.

Coached by County Down native Mark McCall, Saracens defeated Munster at the semi-final stage of the competition in 2017 and 2019 on their way to securing the European title.

Their last visit to Thomond Park in the Champions Cup in 2014 saw Munster come out on top thanks to a 14-3 victory in front of a sell-out crowd in Limerick.

Racing 92

Former Munster players Donnacha Ryan and Simon Zebo will return to face Munster next season as part of an extremely talented Racing 92 side.

The Paris club have reached two Champions Cup finals in the last four years and their paths have crossed Munster’s on a number of occasions in that time.

Munster beat Racing twice when the sides were drawn in the same Pool back in the 2016/17 season. The sides won one game apiece when drawn together again the following year with a 27-22 semi-final win for Racing clinching their place in the final.

Ospreys

The top Welsh side in last year’s Guinness PRO14, the Ospreys will be looking forward to their return to the Champions Cup.

A brilliant end to the season saw the Ospreys produce five wins on the bounce, clinching the final Champions Cup spot thanks to a 21-10 play-off win over their biggest rivals Scarlets.

The sides were drawn together in the Pool stages twice previously – Munster recorded two narrow wins in the 2004/05 campaign with the sides sharing one win apiece in 2010/11.

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