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Erasmus not taking Racing 92 lightly as Munster make emotional return to Paris

Munster will make an emotional return to Paris on Saturday when they face Racing 92 in a rearranged European Champions Cup clash.

The Pool One fixture was postponed last October after Munster head coach Anthony Foley died at the team hotel in the French capital.

And the Irish province will move top of their group if they beat a team facing European elimination following three successive defeats.

Despite Racing failing to make an impression on this season's tournament - they were runners-up last term - Munster rugby director Rassie Erasmus expects a testing encounter at Stade Yves-du-Manoir.

"If you look at their squad depth, and obviously their budget and player budget and the stature of their club and where they finished last year in both competitions (Champions Cup and Top 14), they could field a great team," he said.

"And you wouldn't know if they filled a second team with those guys that they aren't actually better. They may be younger, but are just potentially as good.

"I started wandering down that line of thought, thinking about it, but then I thought 'what would it help?' We can only control how well we train and play, and I am sure playing there - whatever team they put out - it is going to be a massive challenge for us."

Erasmus makes 10 changes from the side that beat Connacht last weekend, with Peter O'Mahony, CJ Stander and Simon Zebo among those returning to action.

Racing, meanwhile, include World Cup-winning former New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter on the bench as the French club look to break their points duck in a group that has seen them fall way off the pace.


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