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Mallinder anticipating huge challenges in Champions Cup

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

The Saints have been paired with Pro 12 champions Glasgow Warriors, Top 14 big spenders Racing 92, and Welsh hotbed the Scarlets in next season’s competition, which has lived up to its billing as the toughest club competition in world rugby.

“You cannot expect any easy matches in the Champions Cup, especially when you are playing teams that are able to make the most of much bigger budgets, and we’re facing some huge challenges next season,” he said.

“Glasgow have been there or thereabouts for a number of years, and were deserved champions of the Pro 12 last season. They have a strong culture in their squad and play some excellent rugby with the ability to attack from anywhere on the field, as we found out in January 2013.

“Of course Racing are no strangers after our two matches last season. They had a good squad then, but have spent millions of Euros to bring in some of the best players in the world, not least Dan Carter, who joins them after the World Cup. Their budget means that they can afford to have two international players in every position, and their team will be formidable, regardless of who starts.

“We also know that the game against the Scarlets will be tough, just like every big Anglo-Welsh clash. They have a lot of Welsh internationals in their squad and are producing some good young players as well.

“They are three tough opponents for us, but this is why we want to play top level rugby and we’ll be relishing the challenge when the competition starts in November.”

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