Elwood excited by Heineken Cup challenge

Connacht coach Eric Elwood has spoke of his excitement as Connacht found out who they will play in the pool stages of the Heineken Cup next season.

The Irish province have been drawn alongside French side Biarritz, English outfit Harlequins and new Italian outfit Zebra and Elwood said on Tuesday afternoon that he is already looking forward to the new season.

“My initial response is interesting as I spoke to Conor O’Shea this morning and we could have done without Harlequins. I mean that in a nice way as we have played against them quite a bit over the last three or four years and we are playing them again in pre-season this year.

“Still it will be good, they are the current English Champions and we know them very well. I don’t think anyone will forget the fantastic atmosphere in the Sportsground back in January and we will be looking for more nights like that. It’s also nice to get a different team like Biarritz.

“Obviously they are the Amlin champions and they are a strong traditional French team. It is a place where Connacht have not gone before so we are very much looking forward to that and I’m sure the fans will be too.

“Finally we have the newly formed team from Italy, Zebre; they are an unknown so that will be interesting too. So all-in-all we have a lot to look forward to. When we look at the groups we are happy with the draw and hopefully we can build on the performances we had last year.”


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