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Leinster handed brutal draw for next season's Champions Cup

RugbyBy Sunday World
The road to the 2016 Champions Cup begins here
The road to the 2016 Champions Cup begins here

The draw for next season's Champions Cup has pitched the Irish provinces in with some very familiar foes.

Of the five Pools, Leinster's is already being called the most difficult, as it features holders Toulon, and two English clubs in Bath and Wasps. 

Whoever becomes the new Leinster boss, they will have a baptism of fire against teams that the Irish province have battled many times in recent years. They will also face new Toulon signing Paul O'Connell, which should be tasty.

Munster also face some familiar foes, with Leicester and Stade Francais joining them, and Treviso, in Pool 4.

Ulster may have the best of it from an Irish perspective, with Saracens, Toulouse and Oyonnax in Pool 1. It is far from easy, but it is not quite as daunting as the task facing the other Irish provinces.

Here is the full draw

The 2016 final will be in Lyon.

Meanwhile, in the Challenge Cup, Connacht will play Newcastle Falcons in Pool 1 along with French club Brive and Russian newcomers Enisei-STM.