Paterson relishes tough European test from Wasps and Toulouse

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Edinburgh and Llanelli Scarlets have been drawn against Wasps and Toulouse in the group stages of next season's Heineken Cup.

Edinburgh and Llanelli Scarlets have been drawn against Wasps and Toulouse in the group stages of next season's Heineken Cup.

The Scottish and Welsh sides have been placed with the Premiership champions and Heineken Cup holders in pool six.

"It is a pretty difficult draw," said Edinburgh's full-back, Chris Paterson. "However, we feel that we let ourselves down this past year. We have a massive opportunity to play some top teams and win this year."

The Scarlets' chief executive, Stuart Gallacher, believes home form will be crucial. "We have beaten Wasps and Edinburgh at home in previous campaigns and run Toulouse close," he said. "What this group will give us is full houses at Stradey and we're looking forward to that."

In another tough draw, Leicester find themselves up against last season's losing finalists Stade Français in pool three, and further French opposition in the shape of Clermont Auvergne.

Heineken Cup Draw

POOL 1

Munster (Ireland) Castres (France) Sale (England) N-G Dragons (Wales)

POOL 2

Calvisano (Italy) Perpignan (France) Leeds (England) Cardiff Blues (Wales)

POOL 3

Ospreys (Wales) Stade Français (France) Leicester (England) Clermont Auvergne (Fra)

POOL 4

Biarritz (France) Saracens (England) Ulster (Ireland) Treviso (Italy)

POOL 5

Glasgow (Scotland) Bourgoin (France) Bath (England) Leinster (Ireland)

POOL 6

Wasps (England) Toulouse (France) Llanelli Scarlets (Wales) Edinburgh (Scotland)

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