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Ross relishing Toulouse Challenge

10 December 2003

Scottish international Gordon Ross can not wait for this Friday's trip to Toulouse for Leeds Tykes second game in the Heineken Cup.  The challenge could not be bigger for the Yorkshire club; travelling to the home of the reigning European Champions who are smarting from defeat against Ross' former team mates, Edinburgh, last weekend.

Ross will be up against young French superstar Frederic Michalak at fly half and the Scot is looking forward to the challenge.  He commented, "Toulouse are a formidable team at home and we know we are in for a tough challenge.  This will be our biggest game of the season, the Heineken Cup is the level just below international rugby and we know we will have to lift our intensity to take on Toulouse. 

"Michalak is a great player and he had a tremendous World Cup.  When he plays well he makes Toulouse's great players play well, so he will be a major threat to us," added Ross.

Four of the Toulouse squad were part of the French team that defeated Scotland 51-9 in the World Cup with Michalak collecting 28 points.  However, Edinburgh avenged that defeat last week with their win in Scotland.  Whilst Ross was pleased for his former team mates he also was not thanking them for stirring up Toulouse ahead of the Tykes visit on Friday. "I spoke to a few of the lads at Edinburgh last week and I told them not to wind them up before they faced up," Ross joked. "Edinburgh are in good form at the moment and I was pleased for them that they got the right result in front of their own fans but Toulouse will be out to make amends this week so we will need to make sure we are up for the challenge, but we will enjoy it as well."