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Friday 17th October 18:45 GMT


Harlequins and Castres open their campaign in the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup, at the Stoop in London on Friday night.While this Pool is not considered as the "Pool of Death" in this season's tournament, being completed by three times Heineken Cup winners Leinster, and twice Heineken Cup winners Wasps, their will be no easy matches, and whoever ultimately emerges from this Pool, and makes it into the quarter-finals, will know that they have thoroughly deserved their place in the last eight.

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Both of the clubs facing each other at the Stoop on Friday have some European pedigree, although success for both of them has come in the second tier tournament in its various guises.Harlequins have won the Challenge cup three times over the years, on all three occasions defeating French sides in the final. The most recent of which was in 2011, when they squeezed home in a classic encounter against Stade Français by 19-18.

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Castres have appeared in two Challenge Cup finals. losing both to fellow French clubs. Although they have to go back over a decade to the year 2000, to find their last appearance in the final.The two sides have met four times previously, with Harlequins yet to taste victory, having lost three and drawn one of those encounters.

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Posted: 17th October 2014

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