The draw for the composition of the six Pools of four teams each for the 15th Heineken Cup tournament will take place in Paris next Tuesday at 12.00 noon local time and will be streamed live on www.ercrugby.com
Leinster will be defending the title they won at Murrayfield last month when the 2009/10 competition kicks-off on the weekend of 9 / 10 / 11 October and climaxes in the 2010 final at Stade de France on Saturday, 22 May, 2010.
The draw will be made by ERC Chairman Jean-Pierre Lux and will be streamed live on ercrugby.com.
Timings: 12.00 noon French time / 11.00am UK and Ireland
Heineken Cup 2009/10 Teams and Tiers
Leinster, Munster, Leicester Tigers, Toulouse, Bath Rugby, Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque
Cardiff Blues, Stade Français Paris, Gloucester Rugby, Perpignan, Ospreys, London Irish
Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Scarlets, Ulster Rugby, Newport Gwent Dragons
Harlequins, Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh, Benetton Treviso, Brive, Viadana
Heineken Cup Pool Draw Format
* For the purpose of the draw the 24 qualified teams are ranked ased on their ERC European rankings and are divided into four Tiers. Rankings are based on European performance over the past four seasons in the Heineken Cup and knock-out stages of the European Challenge Cup.
* Each Pool will have one team from each of the four Tier levels.
* No two teams from the same country will be drawn in the same Pool except for the seventh club from England (Harlequins based on European Ranking) which will be drawn into a Pool with another English team.
* The winner of the Heineken Cup (Leinster) will be seeded in the first Tier and will be drawn into a Pool first.
Cardiff Blues travel to Myreside on Friday to take on Edinburgh Rugby in a crucial Guinness PRO12 clash, and with Wales facing Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, it promises to be a weekend of non-stop rugby action at the Scottish capital. Here are some useful advice to Cardiff Blues travelling supporters.
To celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Guinness PRO12 Pack Bar, the world famous Irish brewer will be offering supporters free pints of the black stuff ahead of Saturday's clash with Ulster.
'TACKLE' - the first-ever joint community rugby initiative between the four professional teams in Wales has been launched (today Weds 19th October) bringing an inspiring new rugby education programme to young people in Communities First areas. Partners in the project were joined by Wales' star rugby internationals Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets) and Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), for the launch at Aberdare Community School.
The Welsh Rugby Union, together with Pro Rugby Wales, has secured significantly improved insurance cover for all registered players, coaches and referees at each of its member clubs and regions at reduced costs -working with Aon, one of the world's largest insurance brokers and risk advisors.