Wednesday 24 July 2019

Fergus McFadden tweets what most Leinster fans are thinking after nightmare Champions Cup draw

Leinster's Fergus McFadden
Leinster's Fergus McFadden

Declan Whooley

Whoever succeeds Matt O'Connor as Leinster coach will have a big job on his hands if the province is to reach the knock-out stages of next season's Champions Cup. And Fergus McFadden knows it.

The new format of Europe's premier club competition is such that there is very little room for error with a reduced number of teams from the Heineken Cup.

Each pool is more competitive and as a result, every team would have hoped to have avoided the dominant Toulon until at least the latter stages of the competition.

Leinster however will renew rivalries with the all-conquering side in Pool Five, who now of course boast Paul O'Connell in their ranks.

The return of Johnny Sexton and Isa Nacewa has given fans a greater sense of optimism leading into the new season but with Wasps, where Leinster scraped an away draw to reach the knock-out stages last season and Bath, who put up a strong showing in the last eight, also in the group, supporters can be forgiven for thinking that progression from the group will be hard earned.

Irish international McFadden summed up the mood best while managing to wrangle in the Royal Ascot race meeting which is currently underway in England.

"Leinster supporter in #Ascot just heard our #ChampionsCup draw #Pool5," he posted on his Twitter account with a picture of a race-goer face down at the racecourse.

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