Tuesday 17 October 2017

Munster draw Racing and Leicester again as Champions Cup pools are finalised

20 May 2017; Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus ahead of the Guinness PRO12 semi-final between Munster and Ospreys at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
20 May 2017; Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus ahead of the Guinness PRO12 semi-final between Munster and Ospreys at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Munster have drawn three-time European champions Leicester Tigers and 2015/16 Champions Cup finalists Racing 92 for the second consecutive season after topping Pool 1 with both teams last season.

Rassie Erasmus' side will once again be forced to travel to Welford Road and the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir next season after they were drawn in Pool 4 alongside Leicester, Racing and fellow Top 14 side Castres.

Meanwhile Leinster will once again pair off with Montpellier, who handed the three-time European champions their only Pool defeat of last season's competition, with the Blues also drawing English Premiership winners Exeter and 2017 quarter-finalists Glasgow.

Les Kiss' Ulster have once again been dealt a difficult draw in the Pool stages with the northern province receiving Premiership and Top 14 table toppers Wasps and La Rochelle, while also drawing John Kingston's Harlequins.

Full draw below:

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