Glasgow To Face Sale, Llanelli And Bourgoin

Glasgow have been drawn against Llanelli, Sale Sharks, and Bourgoin-Jaillieu in next season's Heineken Cup. Llanelli reached the last four in the past season's competition, and Sale won European rugby's other trophy, the Parker Pen Shield."It's a tough pool. Any Heineken draw is a challenge," David Jordan, Glasgow's chief executive, said today."But we know what we"re up against," he added. "We have had regular experience of Llanelli in the Welsh/Scottish competition, and we beat them last season to qualify for the Celtic League quarter-finals. We"ve heard all about Bourgoin from Jim McLaren, and we"ve seen a lot of Sale on TV." McLaren, Glasgow's Scotland international centre, is a former Bourgoin player.Llanelli lost their Heineken semi-final last season only through a late penalty goal by Tim Stimpson for Leicester Tigers, who went on to retain the trophy. Sale are newcomers to the Heineken competition, though they made their mark in Europe last season by beating Pontypridd in the Parker Pen final. Bourgoin also played in the Parker Pen competition last season, and though they failed to reach that tournament's knock-out stages they qualified for the Heineken Cup by finishing third in their French championship section.Heineken Cup pool matches will be played over the weekends of 12 and 19 October, 7 and 14 December, and 11 and 18 January. The actual fixtures will be announced later this month.Glasgow have been drawn against Llanelli, Sale Sharks, and Bourgoin-Jaillieu in next season's Heineken Cup. Llanelli reached the last four in the past season's competition, and Sale won European rugby's other trophy, the Parker Pen Shield."It's a tough pool. Any Heineken draw is a challenge," David Jordan, Glasgow's chief executive, said today."But we know what we"re up against," he added. "We have had regular experience of Llanelli in the Welsh/Scottish competition, and we beat them last season to qualify for the Celtic League quarter-finals. We"ve heard all about Bourgoin from Jim McLaren, and we"ve seen a lot of Sale on TV." McLaren, Glasgow's Scotland international centre, is a former Bourgoin player.Llanelli lost their Heineken semi-final last season only through a late penalty goal by Tim Stimpson for Leicester Tigers, who went on to retain the trophy. Sale are newcomers to the Heineken competition, though they made their mark in Europe last season by beating Pontypridd in the Parker Pen final. Bourgoin also played in the Parker Pen competition last season, and though they failed to reach that tournament's knock-out stages they qualified for the Heineken Cup by finishing third in their French championship section.Heineken Cup pool matches will be played over the weekends of 12 and 19 October, 7 and 14 December, and 11 and 18 January. The actual fixtures will be announced later this month.