Sunday 21 December 2014

Sean Cronin: We can count on big London support in 'Group of Death'

Published 10/06/2014 | 16:51

Sean Cronin is hoping for big support when leinster travel to London twice during the Pool stages of the Rugby Champions Cup
Sean Cronin is hoping for big support when leinster travel to London twice during the Pool stages of the Rugby Champions Cup

Leinster hooker Sean Cronin has said that two trips to London during the group stage of the Champions Cup will mean his team can count on huge support.

The three-time Heineken Cup champions were dealt a difficult draw in Pool 2 of the inaugural European Champions Cup where they were pitted with Castres, Harlequins and Wasps.

Irish international Cronin concedes it will be a challenge to emerge from the group, but is looking forward to taking on the Aviva Premiership teams and hopes the support they received in the scintillating performance against Northampton last season will be replicated in London.

“Usually there's only one group of death, but they all look tough pools, he said.

“We've got two trips to London which all the boys will be looking forward to. Hopefully there are a few Irish living in London who fancy coming along and giving us their support, as they did at Northampton last season.”

Leinster beat Top 14 outfit Castres home and away last season, but Cronin is well aware of the strength of the French side who have been highly impressive domestically in recent seasons.

“They have  reached a second Top14 final in a row so that says everything about their strength. They may not be the first French team people talk about, but you don't reach two finals in a row and win the title without being a top-quality team.”

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