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Champions Cup draw: Ulster to face Clermont and English duo in pool stage

 

Ulster will today discover who they will face in the 19/20 Champions Cup pool stage.
Ulster will today discover who they will face in the 19/20 Champions Cup pool stage.
Ulster will today discover who they will face in the 19/20 Champions Cup pool stage.
Dan McFarland
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster will take on Clermont and two English sides in Pool 3 of next season's Champions Cup.

Dan McFarland's men have been drawn alongside the French runners-up as well as English duo Harlequins and Bath.

Ulster were handed a boost at the start of the draw as they were placed amongst the second seeds, theoretically boosting their chances of once again making it out of the pool stage.

The province last went up against Harlequins in the 17/18 campaign, doing the double over their English opponents with a 17-5 away win backed up by a 52-24 scoreline at home in the December double-header.

Their last trip to Clermont was only a year prior, losing at the famed Stade Marcel Michelin but taking the scalp of the Top 14 giants at home.

Bath are more unfamiliar opponents with Ulster not visiting the Rec, site of an unforgettable try by the late Nevin Spence, since 2010. It'll be a family affair for the province against the 1998 champions with their out-half Billy Burns set to go up against his older brother Freddie.

Ulster reached quarter-finals back in March, their first visit to the knockout stages since 2014, where they ultimately lost to Leinster in the Aviva Stadium.

Pool 4 has already been crowned the 'Group of Death', pitting Munster against Racing 92 and Saracens as well as Ospreys.

Here's the draw as it happened:

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