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Heaslip relishing clash with O'Connell
20 June 2015 15:11pm
Jamie Heaslip and Paul O'Connell played together on the 2009 and 2013 tours
British & Irish Lions team-mates Jamie Heaslip and Paul O'Connell will become enemies next season when their club side's clash in Europe.
But this week's draw for the pool stage of the Champions Cup sees Heaslip's Leinster and O'Connell's new club Toulon thrown together, along with Bath and Christian Wade's Wasps.
And, though there is the small matter of a World Cup to come before the competition begins, Heaslip admits he is already looking forward to locking horns with O'Connell.
"Like most of the lads I was glued to the laptop," Heaslip told the Irish Independent.
"As much as you look forward to the off-season, it isn't long before you start looking towards critical dates and from a Leinster point of view that first date was the draw for the Champions Cup.
"There will be the hype around Paulie and his return to these shores to take on an Irish team but leaving Paul aside, Toulon are a formidable outfit and have recruited really well once again."
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