Join our live blog from midday to keep up to date with the draw for the 2014/2015 Rugby Champions Cup. Scroll to the bottom of the page from midday and hit refresh to see the teams enter their pools as they are drawn.
How will it work?
The 20 clubs are split into five pools, with four teams in each pool. With the aim of ensuring fair pools, the teams have been split into four tiers of five teams. The Premiership sides have been ranked by where they finished in the regular season, while the Top 14 and RaboDirect PRO12 rankings take knockout games into account too – so, as losing finalists, Castres are the second seeds rather than Montpellier, who finished the regular season in second. The full rankings are below:
Saracens, Toulon and Leinster are definitely in tier one, as are two of Northampton, Castres or Glasgow (a separate draw will take place beforehand to decide this). Tier two contains one of the previous three not in tier one, plus Munster, Leicester and Montpellier, as well as one of fourth-ranking clubs. Tier three contains the other three fourth-ranking clubs, along with Ospreys, Bath and Clermont. Tier four contains the Scarlets, Sale, Toulouse, Wasps and Treviso.
There will be no more than two clubs from each league in a pool, while no pool will contain two PRO12 clubs from the same country. Clubs from the same league will be kept apart until the allocation of Tier 4 clubs.
Got all of that? Stay tuned below for the draw, live from midday.
First up it’s the Challenge Cup draw, which you can follow here: http://www.therugbyblog.com/european-rugby-challenge-cup-draw-20142015