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The draw: Munster get French test

The draw: Munster get French test
By Eurosport

17/06/2008 at 13:44Updated

Heineken Cup holders Munster have been drawn against French duo Clermont and Montauban in the pool stages of next season's competition.

The Irish side, who fought to a 16-13 win over Toulouse in the 2008 final, face the tough task of fighting off two French teams in a group including the extra seventh qualification spot earned by the Top 14.

Clermont finished the French league regular season in first, while Montauban's seventh-placed finish took them to Europe's premier rugby competition for the first time in their history.

The trio will also face Sale Sharks, who came fifth in the Premiership.

Three-time champions and last season's runners-up Toulouse were drawn with British trio Bath, Glasgow and Newport.

Premiership play-off winners and former champions Wasps, meanwhile, drew Castres and Celtic League champions Leinster, along with Edinburgh.

The winners of each of the six pools will qualify for the quarter-finals along with the two best runners-up.

POOL ONE

Munster [IRL], Sale [ENG], Clermont Auvergne [FRA], Montauban [FRA]

POOL TWO

Wasps [ENG], Leinster [IRL], Castres [FRA], Edinburgh [SCO]

POOL THREE

Leicester [ENG], Perpignan [FRA], Ospreys [WAL], Treviso [ITA]

POOL FOUR

Stade Francais [FRA], Llanelli [WAL], Ulster [IRL], Harlequins [ENG]

POOL FIVE

Toulouse [FRA], Bath [ENG], Newport Gwent Dragons [WAL], Glasgow [SCO]

POOL SIX

Biarritz [FRA], Gloucester [ENG], Cardiff [WAL], Calvisano [ITA]

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