Finn Russell Mike Prendergast says Racing will be fully loaded against Saracens

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Munster need Northampton or Glasgow to slip up on Saturday in order to retain an outside interest in the knockout stages come the 1pm kick-off against the Ospreys at Thomond Park on Sunday.

But even then, the primary part of the equation is that Racing beat Saracens at Allianz Park in the other Pool 4 game at the same time.

While Saracens will be fighting for their European lives, and word is they will recall at least some of their missing English contingent, for their part Racing will probably need a win to secure a home quarter-final and, potentially, a home semi-final too.

Hence, it will be of some encouragement for Munster that the Parisians will be intent on signing off their pool campaign with a win.

“Absolutely. Absolutely,” confirmed the one-time Munster scrum-half and current Racing backs and attack coach Mike Prendergast. “That’s one thing I noticed coming into Racing this year, there is that hunger for the Champions Cup, which is great.

“It’s probably instilled from having somebody like Rog [Ronan O’Gara] in before and Donnacha [Ryan], that mentality is there and it was a big shock when I came in when we sat down at the start of the year and what our goals were and whatnot.

‘Body language’

“Obviously Top 14 is huge but you can see it every week that the Champions Cup is in front of us, the body language by everyone, the intensity at training, just lifts that extra notch which traditionally over the years for French teams hasn’t always been the way. But thankfully it is here. 

“The boys have been close before, came up a bit short and they really want to go the next one, which is great for us as a coaching staff,” said Prendergast, in reference to a second defeat in th

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