ERC Chairman Jean-Pierre Lux will conduct the draw which will, for the first time, use the new ERC European Ranking system. The 24 teams that qualify for the tournament will be divided into four Tiers of six teams each, based on their European performances over the past four seasons. The teams from each Tier level will then be kept apart in the draw for the Pools.
Cardiff Blues are in Tier 3, ranked 17th overall, the 14th best qualifiers, in the same tier as the Ospreys, Dragons, previous winners Ulster and French teams Castres and Clermont.
Heineken Cup Qualifiers in Tier Ranking for 2008/2009
|Stade Francais Paris||20|
|ASM Clermont Auvergne||10|
|Montauban or Montpellier (tbc on June 14th)|