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Tuesday 17 September 2019

We want to test ourselves against best in Europe - Ewels

The Gallagher Premiership has certainly not been going to plan for Bath this season, nor has the Champions Cup. (stock photo)
The Gallagher Premiership has certainly not been going to plan for Bath this season, nor has the Champions Cup. (stock photo)

Ryan Corry

The Gallagher Premiership has certainly not been going to plan for Bath this season, nor has the Champions Cup.

Through nine games in the league, they have won just three but drawn two, including last weekend's 7-7 stalemate with Sale Sharks.

Defeat to Toulouse in round one was followed by a 35-35 draw with Wasps in the second pool match.

Bath's Charlie Ewels is well aware of the challenge that awaits but the 23-year-old England international believes that Leinster pose a welcome challenge.

"We're hugely excited - when the fixtures first got announced at the start of the year that was one that was highlighted," Ewels said.

"We want to test ourselves against the best in Europe and that's where we want to go as a club."

The second-rower admits that performances have been below-par, but is excited about the opportunity in front of the squad tomorrow.

"As a playing group and as a management group, the ambition of this club is to be the best in Europe. The only way we are going to get there is by testing ourselves against the current best, so I'm really looking forward to it."

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