Heineken Cup: Leicester duo ready for European assault
Last Updated: 12/10/13 1:44pm
Dan Cole: Wants Leicester to prove they are still an elite European club with success in the Heineken Cup this year
Leicester Tigers have got to win games at places like Ulster if they are to reach the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup, according to forward Dan Cole.
The Tigers travel to Ravenhill to get their European campaign underway on Friday and the Aviva Premiership side are likely to be faced by a dangerous Ulster side backed by a raucous home crowd.
The success Leicester have enjoyed in the competition in the past counts for little now though argues Cole and success this year is the key to being seen as one of the continents finest.
"Europe is what you get judged by. If we want to be in Europe's elite and stuff like that then we have to perform"
"It's going to be a difficult one," Cole told Sky Sports. "Starting the European Cup on a Friday at Ulster, it won't be easy but if you want to get out of the group you've got to win in places like this.
"The history of the European Cup it's a fair long time ago now really so none of the current crop of players have lifted the trophy. It's a statement you want to make and Europe is what you get judged by. If we want to be in Europe's elite and stuff like that then we have to perform."
His Leicester and England team-mate Ben Youngs concurred but said that the squad were all looking forward to facing up to the challenge that awaits them across the Irish Sea.
"It's a massive start for us in the campaign to go to Ulster and Ravenhill for our first game," Younds commented. "As a squad we're all looking forward to the challenge and hopefully we can get our campaign off to a good start.
Dan Cole says Leicester are determined to win the Heineken Cup
"The Heineken Cup you can probably only afford to lose one of your pool games and we've got a very tough pool with Montpellier in there as well and Treviso are very competitive at their place so it's important, as I said, that we get off to a good start. It's a big tough challenge away at Ravenhill."