Leicester Tigers go into their semi-final with the English Premiership crown already safely tucked away for a fourth straight season and Llanelli are through to the Welsh Cup final and lead the Welsh/Scottish League. A true clash of champions then in Notingham with the Tigers' captain billing it The Batle of Britain.,p>Castres Olympique have won their battle for survival in the French Championship top flight while Munster were just pleased to get back into action against Leinster after months of being in moth-balls.
We got together last Monday (22 April) for the first time in 12 weeks, said coach Declan Kidney. There were four other occasions in that time we had a brief gathering, but we had to have that game against Leinster.2
We have played, and done well, in France in the past, but when we beat Toulouse in Bordeaux in the semi-final two years ago there was a real element of surprise. There was a little bit of that still there last year, when we almost beat Stade Francais in Lille, but there will be no surprise element in this game.