Gloucester coach Bryan Redpath relishing Toulouse test

Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath
Redpath says the group draw has fallen kindly for Gloucester

Gloucester coach Bryan Redpath says drawing Toulouse in the Heineken Cup group stages is "special" for his side.

"They are the side to beat in France year in, year out," he told BBC Gloucestershire.

"They are the best team in France and to play against them at Kingsholm, and over there, will be something special for the players."

Gloucester's other opponents in pool six of the 2011/12 group stages will be Harlequins and Connacht.

Redpath believes the group draw has fallen well for his side.

"You never want to sound arrogant but that's been pretty kind to us. We could have picked up a Leinster or a Munster in there," he said.

"Quins we know, and if we get them in the LV, which we don't know yet, you play them six times before you get to the end of the season.

"But Toulouse is a good draw for us."

He added: "Winning the pool is the goal but you must win your home games first, and pick up what you can away. Do that, and you'll get your rewards."

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