Gloucester coach Redpath unfazed by Toulouse opener

Bryan Redpath
Redpath side won the LV= Cup last season

Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath says his side will not feel threatened by Heineken Cup opponents Toulouse.

Redpath's side will travel to the four-time winners in their opening fixture of the competition on 13 November.

"It's great for us as no-one will think about us challenging Toulouse," he told BBC Gloucestershire.

"But I'm sure we can. I don't think anyone will be going in thinking they are the favourites so you can't win against them."

Gloucester claimed a place in the group stages of the competition after winning the LV= Cup last season.

Along with French champions Toulouse, Redpath's side will also face Harlequins and Connacht in pool six.

The Gloucester coach added: "It's important for the three sides - Connacht, Quins and Gloucester - to fight it out and make sure we are giving ourselves a chance to compete [against Toulouse].

"That first game away is massive. You can't really plan as it's a long way ahead but you know you've got a very big one to start off and then Quins the week after.

"It's always tough in France, no matter who you are.

"This is the Champions League of rugby. To play against one of the best sides in Europe from the past decade is a great challenge that we are looking forward to."