The returns of Brive (1997) and Northampton Saints (2000) - qualifying as the sixth French and European Challenge Cup winners respectively - mean that only former double champions London Wasps will be absent from the elite 24 European teams in the 2009/10 tournament that will climax at Stade de France with the 15th tournament final to be played on Saturday, 22 May, 2010.
Toulouse, Brive, Bath Rugby, Ulster Rugby, Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers and Munster will all be there as Leinster go about the business of defending their crown.
TIER 1 - Munster, Leicester Tigers, Leinster, Toulouse, Bath Rugby, Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque
TIER 2 - Cardiff Blues, Stade Français Paris, Gloucester Rugby, Perpignan, Ospreys, London Irish
TIER 3 - Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Scarlets, Ulster Rugby, Newport Gwent Dragons
TIER 4 - Harlequins, Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh, Benetton Treviso, Brive, Viadana
More than 17,000 tickets have already been sold for the 15th Heineken Cup final - less than a week after going on sale.
Tickets start at €18 euro see ercrugby.com