Shade Sees The Light

ImageGlasgow Warriors assistant coach, Shade Munro, believes that this year's Heineken Cup campaign will see Glasgow confirm their status as one of the top teams in European rugby.

Last season, the Warriors defeated Biarritz and Viadana to ensure a qualification show-down against Saracens at Firhill Arena.

Although the win eluded them that day, Munro is confident that it is Glasgow's time to stand up and be counted at Europe's top table.

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The former Scotland second row, who is currently in Chicago guiding the Scotland "A" team pack ahead of the Barclays Churchill Cup final on Saturday, said: "We were a win away from qualifying last year so our aim this year is to qualify out of our group. It's Glasgow's turn to step up to the plate as they say here in the States.

"We were unlucky not to go through to the knock-out stages last year against a side that made the semi-finals. But we can only learn from that experience and continue to get better as a club."

Last season was a record breaking year for Glasgow as they finished in their highest ever position in the Magners League whilst competing at the business end of Europe's elite club rugby competition in front of record crowds.

That year of transition now needs to pay off for Munro.

"We have definitely improved our credibility in the last three or four years. You have to consistent for people to rate you and we have improved and continued to perform at this level.

"Beating Biarritz at home just before Christmas was massive and so was winning away to Munster in the last game of the Magners League.

"We"re playing against the top teams in Europe and we sit among the top five teams in the Magners League, so we are one of the big teams now and there is nothing for us to fear."

As for the team's the Warriors face in the Heineken Cup, Munro is adamant that this is a massive opportunity for players and supporters alike.

'toulouse have a huge history in the Heineken Cup and we have played both them and Bath a few years back, but we"ve never played a Welsh side in the Heineken Cup before, so this is a great new opportunity for this squad of players to do something that no Glasgow team has ever achieved before.

'the Heineken Cup is also a fantastic occasion for the Glasgow public. They have the chance to come and see some top sides packed full of international talent take on the Warriors - also a top team packed full of international talent - representing their city at Firhill."