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Worcester Warriors draw French giants Stade Francaise

Michael Cheika
Stade coach Michael Cheika took the club to the final of the Amlin Cup last season

Worcester Warriors have pulled out the "plum" draw of European giants Stade Francaise in the Amlin Challenge Cup pool for next season.

Warriors will face 13-times French champions Stade, Italian side Crociati Parma and Bucharest Wolves.

Head Coach Richard Hill told BBC Hereford and Worcester; "Playing Stade Francais will be a special moment.

"They are a formidable team and playing them home and away will be a real test for the Warriors."

Hill continued: "The standard of the Amlin Challenge Cup has gone up year upon year and that is shown by the likes of Stade Francais, Toulon and Perpignan all taking part.

With the draw we have been given we feel we can go well in this competition

Warriors head coach Richard Hill

"European rugby gives a different type of motivation to the players and they all get excited about testing themselves against new opposition.

"With the draw we have been given we feel we can go well in this competition.

"The Amlin Challenge Cup is all part of the excitement of getting back into the Aviva Premiership. It all adds a bit of spice to our return to the top-flight."

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