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Mark McCall reacts to Champions Cup draw


Defending champions Saracens will face Toulon, Scarlets and Sale Sharks in Pool 3 of the 2016/17 of the European Rugby Champions Cup.

After today’s draw on Neuchâtel, Switzerland the 2015/16 double winners will face three-time winners Toulon, Welsh region Scarlets and fellow Aviva Premiership side Sale Sharks. 

Reacting to the draw, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said: “It’s an exciting pool against some extremely tough sides.

“Toulon have a star-studded squad who will have the extra hunger of not winning a trophy last season. We have faced them in the final stages of the tournament in recent seasons and we know how much of challenge they pose.

“The Scarlets have made some huge strides under Wayne Pivac and facing them at the Parc y Scarlets is always a test for teams in Europe. They have recruited extremely well this summer, bringing in some star names to add to an already competitive group, and have a backline that will threaten any side in the competition.

“Having played Sale Sharks a number of times over the last three seasons, in both the Aviva Premiership and the Champions Cup, we understand how dangerous they are. They have recruited well once again this season, we know how good a player Kieran Longbottom is and AJ McGinty was superb for Connacht last season.

"They have a great blend of youth and experience in their group and they are the most improved Premiership side over the last few seasons.

McCall added: “Last season was an amazing campaign for us, but we know that the hard works starts now as we prepare for what promises to be another competitive season.” 

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