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Munster know what to expect in French showdown, says Scannell

 

By Staff Reporter

The last time Munster played Castres in France, Rory Scannell's immediate rugby ambitions centred on winning the Schools Senior Cup.

The year was 2011 and, for the second week running, Ronan O'Gara had gotten Munster out of jail with a late drop goal, this time in Toulouse where his side scraped past Castres.

Conor Murray and captain Peter O'Mahony are Munster's only surviving members of that match-day squad as they get set to kick off their Champions Cup campaign in Castres on Sunday.

For Scannell, memories of that unforgettable win are hazy; after all he was still in school, dreaming of pulling on the red jersey one day.

"I was actually watching that one at home," the 23-year old recalls. "I was in fifth or sixth year. Obviously they wouldn't be as familiar as a lot of the squad over the last few years but a couple of the - they probably won't like me saying this - older guys will remember going there.

"It's going to be a massive challenge. Look, some of the guys played there the last time so they will give us the heads up of what's lying ahead on Sunday."

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