European Cup winner and Channel 4 pundit Bryan Habana has named Heineken Champions Cup Pool 4 as the group to watch next season, after conducting the draw in Lausanne on Wednesday alongside Dimitri Yachvili, Matthieu Lartot and Sarra Elgan.
That pool sees defending champions Saracens take on two-time winners Munster Rugby, 2018 finalists Racing 92 and Welsh region Ospreys in what looks like a mouthwatering set of European clashes.
“Saracens will be the team with a target on their back and teams will want to be surpassing them with three Champions Cups in four years,” said the former RC Toulon wing. “They are not to be messed with, but, as I said, it’s a tough pool and it will certainly make for some entertaining viewing.
“Munster have been in touching distance and have been so close to getting there, but just haven’t taken that next step.
“They are in that pool with the likes of Racing 92 – who have been ok but haven’t gone on to higher honours – and Ospreys, who are a team that give the ball a lot of air, so it is all to play for.”
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The South African international also picked out Pool 2 as an exciting group, with 2019 Challenge Cup finalists La Rochelle and Gallagher Premiership finalists Exeter Chiefs to the fore.
“Pool 2 has plenty of teams that play some brilliant running rugby as well, but to be the best in Europe, you have to beat them all and the aim has to be to get in the top four and secure that home quarter-final to make it that little bit easier,” Habana added.
“Exeter will be looking to make a mark on European rugby after being unlucky in recent seasons.
“All clubs in the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup will need to be at their best to overcome the challenge of Europe.
“It’s the toughest competition in the world at the moment and I cannot wait to start watching with some amazing rugby to be seen!”