10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
" We played them four times over the past two seasons and I don't think we can judge what way the game is going to go. We played them in Thomond Park, they were very tough. We played them away on their own ground, they were even tougher. This time we play them on a neutral pitch and for us to concentrate on anything other than playing rugby would be our downfall." "We'll have to improve from the last time we played them. We'll have to improve from Friday night, simple as that. We have to play the way we played against Stade Francais and even better if we want to be successful. It's going to be a huge ask. It's going to be very tough. We're under no illusions. We found ourselves in the same situation last year and the longer the competition goes on the harder it is to beat French sides. This is the only way Castres can qualify for next year's Heineken Cup so they'll be even more eager to do the business."
Galwey did concede that having his colleague and friend Peter Clohessy in the squad was a definite boost, "Yeh it's great that Claw is there, great that's he's well never mind anything else. He the sort of player you need in games like this."