Warriors Relish The Challenge

Glasgow Warriors have been drawn against English Premiership side Saracens, French club Narbonne and Italian team GRAN Parma in the pool stages of next seasona?'s European Challenge Cup._Warriors head coach Sean Lineen said: a??Ita?'s a very competitive group and just goes to show the standard of the Challenge Cup._It will be a good platform for us to rekindle our European challenge and Ia?"ve no doubt that we have a group of players who can deliver the results we need in this competition._There are no Celtic teams in our pool so it will be interesting facing opposition that most of our players have not been up against before._Ita?'s just what we need and wea?"re really looking forward to it. a?? Glasgow last featured in the competition in season 2003-04 when handsome wins against French side Montpellier both home and away (38-13 and 11a?"30) and a thrilling 33-5 defeat of Saracens were not quite enough to take the Scots through to the quarter final stages as they lost out in the pool to Saracens by an agonising three points difference. Glasgow Warriors back row forward Jon Petrie, who played in that win over Saracens, said: a??They were back to back games and we had let ourselves down as we hadna?'t done very well at Vicarage Road but the following week we played the way we knew we could._It just shows that therea?'s not the gulf of class between the English and Celtic sides as some people may think._ a??I played at Narbonne when I was with Colomiers and theya?"re a top class French side with a big physical pack of forwards and good backs out wide._GRAN Parma is a bit of an unknown quantity, especially away from home but wea?"ve made some good additions to our squad and some of the younger guys have really grown up over the past year._We have a strong resolve and determination to get something tangible out of this forthcoming season.a?? The European Challenge Cup will kick off on the weekend of 20/21/22 October with the format for the Pool stages of the tournament unchanged from last season._The 2005-06 final saw Gloucester pip London Irish 36-34 at The Stoop.Pool 1Newport Gwent DragonsBayonneBristolBucurestiPool 2Glasgow WarriorsNarbonneSaracensGran ParmaPool 3Newcastle FalconsBrivePadovaMontaubanPool 4ConnachtMontpellierBath RugbyNEC HarlequinsPool 5Clermont AuvergneWorcester WarriorsViadanaAlbi Glasgow Warriors have been drawn against English Premiership side Saracens, French club Narbonne and Italian team GRAN Parma in the pool stages of next seasona?'s European Challenge Cup._Warriors head coach Sean Lineen said: a??Ita?'s a very competitive group and just goes to show the standard of the Challenge Cup._It will be a good platform for us to rekindle our European challenge and Ia?"ve no doubt that we have a group of players who can deliver the results we need in this competition._There are no Celtic teams in our pool so it will be interesting facing opposition that most of our players have not been up against before._Ita?'s just what we need and wea?"re really looking forward to it. a?? Glasgow last featured in the competition in season 2003-04 when handsome wins against French side Montpellier both home and away (38-13 and 11a?"30) and a thrilling 33-5 defeat of Saracens were not quite enough to take the Scots through to the quarter final stages as they lost out in the pool to Saracens by an agonising three points difference. Glasgow Warriors back row forward Jon Petrie, who played in that win over Saracens, said: a??They were back to back games and we had let ourselves down as we hadna?'t done very well at Vicarage Road but the following week we played the way we knew we could._It just shows that therea?'s not the gulf of class between the English and Celtic sides as some people may think._ a??I played at Narbonne when I was with Colomiers and theya?"re a top class French side with a big physical pack of forwards and good backs out wide._GRAN Parma is a bit of an unknown quantity, especially away from home but wea?"ve made some good additions to our squad and some of the younger guys have really grown up over the past year._We have a strong resolve and determination to get something tangible out of this forthcoming season.a?? The European Challenge Cup will kick off on the weekend of 20/21/22 October with the format for the Pool stages of the tournament unchanged from last season._The 2005-06 final saw Gloucester pip London Irish 36-34 at The Stoop.Pool 1Newport Gwent DragonsBayonneBristolBucurestiPool 2Glasgow WarriorsNarbonneSaracensGran ParmaPool 3Newcastle FalconsBrivePadovaMontaubanPool 4ConnachtMontpellierBath RugbyNEC HarlequinsPool 5Clermont AuvergneWorcester WarriorsViadanaAlbi