Barrow eyes European prize

Date published: October 11 2016

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Leicester lock Dom Barrow is setting his sights on going all the way in the Champions Cup after almost achieving success last season.

The 23-year-old played in all eight games for the Premiership side as they reached the semi-finals last season, only to fall at the penultimate hurdle to Racing 92 at the City Ground. And having had a taste of the big time, Barrow now wants more.

"We reached the semi-final last year and we have targets and ambitions to go further this season. We know we have got a big test ahead of us in Glasgow this weekend, but we are feeling confident ahead of Europe," Barrow told epcrugby.com.

"We've had a reasonable start to the season and got a bonus point win at the weekend. That was the perfect preparation for Friday night at Scotstoun.

"Glasgow have been getting plenty of plaudits for the way they play under Gregor Townsend. They have got an exciting back line who like to throw the ball around and we will have to stop their off-loading game."

One of the keys to success for the Tigers if they are to win for only the second time in five visits to Scotland in the European Cup will be the outcome of the second-row battle. Barrow knows he will have his work cut out in containing home co-captain Jonny Gray at the line-out.

"Glasgow have a set of forwards who can drive the ball hard and I'm looking forward to the battle with Johnny Gray. He has been going well for a few years now and is a proven international lock," said Barrow.

"But I feel I have been able to hold my own in the Premiership and Europe this season and last. I picked up a concussion against Gloucester in the opening game of the campaign, but I was back starting against Worcester last week and now I am looking forward to Europe.

"It is a different challenge with teams from the three different leagues bringing a slightly different style. But I'm sure they will all be having conversations about what Leicester bring."

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