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The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - RUGBY CHAMPIONS CUP -

Coach: Vern Cot­ter. Last sea­son: Pool exit, two wins out of 6. How they qual­i­fied: First in Top 14/beaten fi­nal­ists.

Re­cruit­ments: Jo­han Goosen, Julien Ledevedec and Le­van Chi­lachava off­set de­par­tures of Jesse Mogg, Joe To­mane and oth­ers.

Key man: Goosen. Player of the year in Rac­ing’s ti­tle suc­cess of 2016, be­fore re­tir­ing then re­turn­ing with the Chee­tahs and a big money move here. Back to his best. Im­por­tance high­lighted by Aaron Cru­den’s in­jury.

This sea­son’s for­mguide :LWDLWW.

Prospects: Los­ing fi­nal to Cas­tres still hurts. Huge bud­get (sup­pos­edly sixth high­est in Top 14 at ¤27m), huge pack, huge team, huge am­bi­tions. Host Toulon to­mor­row in taste of seis­mic back-to-back clashes. Pool run­ners-up.

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