Exeter, Montpellier and Leinster in Champions Cup pool

Glasgow Warriors have been drawn with Exeter Chiefs, Leinster and Montpellier in the pool stages of the 2017/18 European Champions Cup.Jonny Gray in action against Exeter in 2013

The draw, made this afternoon in Neuchatel, has pitted the Warriors against former Scotland head coach Vern Cotter, who will be bringing his new Montpellier side to Scotstoun in the new campaign.

Glasgow have faced each of their respective opponents in European competition previously, with Montpellier the most recent of the three to have locked horns with the Warriors having been drawn alongside the French side in the 2014/15 campaign.

The Warriors hold the upper hand, having claimed a brace of victories against the men from the south of France. Five penalties from the boot of Finn Russell saw Gregor Townsend’s side edge a 15-13 win in Montpellier, before a hat-trick from DTH van der Merwe secured a 21-10 victory in the return fixture at Scotstoun.

A season earlier, it was the Exeter Chiefs who were beaten by the Warriors, with Glasgow claiming victory in both of their meetings during the 2013/14 season. Tries from Tim Swinson and Tyrone Holmes secured a 20-14 victory at Scotstoun, before first-half scores from Sean Maitland and Sean Lamont saw the Warriors come away from Sandy Park with a 15-10 triumph.

Familiar foes in the GUINNESS PRO12, Leinster and Glasgow have not been drawn together in European competition since the 2011/12 season – interestingly, when they were also grouped with Montpellier. However, it was the Irish side that came out on top in that campaign, winning both encounters with the Warriors en route to claiming the overall title. A strong showing at the RDS saw Leinster emerge comfortable victors by 38-15, before a late try rom Isaac Boss saw the Irishmen sneak a 23-16 win at Firhill.

As always with the Champions Cup, the draw will see some of the world’s best players making the trip to Scotstoun. The likes of Aaron Cruden and Louis Picamoles will be joining Cotter’s Montpellier charges ahead of the new campaign, whilst newly-crowned Aviva Premiership champions Exeter can call upon the services of proven international talent such as Jack Nowell and former Warrior Moray Low.

Meanwhile, Leinster’s returning Lions contingent, such as Tadhg Furlong and Jonathan Sexton, will be joined at the RDS next season by new signings James Lowe and Scott Fardy, as the men in blue look to repeat their semi-final showing from 2016/17.

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