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Corry in confident mood

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Tigers captain Martin Corry knows that his Tigers side face a stern test of their European credentials against Stade Francais this afternoon, but the Engalnd and Lions star is in confident mood ahead of what he hopes will be his 56th Heineken Cup appearance.

Corry hopes to be part of a Tigers team that can finish the 2006/07 season with some silverware, but he is under no illusions as to the size of the challenge his men will face from the French league leaders.

"Stade Francais will test us everywhere. They've got an impressive set of forwards, a strong set-piece and a very mobile back five in the pack. They've also got a world-class backline. When you look at their side, there's no perceived weakness anywhere. We're going into the match with our eyes wide open and we'll certainly be aware of the threat they pose. Saying that, I'd like to think Stade Francais are looking at us and thinking similar things. That's what makes this such a great game to be a part of."

Having reached their first final of the year courtesy of last weekend's 29-19 victory over Sale Sharks at the Millennium Stadium, Tigers go into the match with Stade in confident mood. Corry has been part of a number of mouth-watering clashes with the Parisians and the World Cup winner believes Sunday's game will be no different.

"We're about to play the best team in France, but we feel we've got the players, the coaches and the set-up to go out and beat them. The great thing about the Heineken Cup is that it throws up some really great rivalries. That's what we've got now with Stade Francais. We've got a lot of history and we've beaten each other in big games. When this fixture was announced, the fans would have immediately started thinking back to their favourite game. It definitely gets the juices going."