Heineken Cup 2012/2013 Pools Confirmed

The draw for next season’s Heineken Cup has been made this morning at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Defending champions Leinster will face Clermont Auvergne in Pool 5 in a repeat of last season’s semi-final.

Are you happy with your team’s draw? Which pool looks the most exciting?

Pool 1:
Munster Rugby, Edinburgh Rugby, Saracens, Racing Métro 92,

Pool 2:
Toulouse, Leicester Tigers, Ospreys, Benetton Treviso

Pool 3:
Biarritz Olympique, Harlequins, Connacht Rugby, Zebre

Pool 4:
Northampton Saints, Ulster Rugby, Glasgow Warriors, Castres Olympique

Pool 5:
Leinster Rugby, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Scarlets, Exeter Chiefs

Pool 6:
Cardiff Blues, Toulon, Sale Sharks, Montpellier

14 thoughts on “Heineken Cup 2012/2013 Pools Confirmed

  1. Quins fan here… I think we got an amazing draw! Had I picked three teams, I would have chosen those three to be in a group with… I hope that we can get through for once! Always seem to throw it away in the Heineken Cup.

    1. I’m also a Quins fan and I think we’ll probably be made the favourites to qualify out of our pool. Tricky games in there though. We no what can happen away to Connaught and Biarritz is going to be really tough game away from home.

      That being said, I’m glad I am not a fan of the other English teams. They look like they have a really tough time of it.

  2. I’m a falcons fan so my support is neutral for this competition, if a little English biased. Everyone must agree that pool 2 looks set to provide some awesome fixtures. 3 finalists (2 winners) from the respective premiership, rabo and top 14 competitions. It’ll be close asto who comes out on top.

  3. Sarries fan here – We got a tough draw there, but I’d fancy our chances more than Exeter, that is nasty.

  4. Toulouse and Leinster have it the worst I think. I really think the format has to be changed. I think Leinster’s pool is a bit tricky with Exeter in there. Pool 2 might be the most exciting.

  5. It looks as if Munster have got a better pool for once. And now that they are rebuilding with young talent it seems that they have a good chance of at least making the quarter finals. Wishing them every success with their new manager.

  6. Saints group is surprisingly hard….Ulster runners up in the heineken cup last year, and Castres + Glasgow got to the knockout stages of their premierships….all strong teams.

  7. A couple of pools as no brainers as to who will come out on top. A couple of others are not so easy to judge. Should be an interesting tournament.

    I’m a die hard Leinster fan. I think we got the easiest pool.

    1. I can’t see the no-brainer pools? Perhaps Leinster are the most easy to predict but the other pools?

  8. But it’s all sooo unfair that those lazy Celts get an easy time by resting all of their best players all of the time while us solid gold citizens in the premier league, who righteously toil all year so help us God, have to suffer not winning the competition for a few years.

    The French? Oh, well, you see the French beat us because despite also toiling all year they have more money.

    All of these Leics and Wasps victories back when we used to trumpet that we were best precisely because we were hardened by our more serious league? Well, lets just ignore that because that argument no longer applies when we are being beaten by the Pro 12 teams.

    So in summary, English teams are the hardest done by in the world as they have less money than the French and more rugby than the Celts. So that’s why we don’t beat either of them in the Pro 12.

    No Scottish or Welsh teams in finals despite playing in their easier league where they can rest players and having similar budgets to the English? Ummm … give me ten mins and I’ll have a reason for that as well, but the fact remains that if English teams are not winning the HC then it is purely because of the format of the cup, the money we don’t have, the weather, the stars…. it’s not because we’re simply not as good at rugby as the other teams in the competition and only a fool would believe that when two teams play each it’s as simple as the better team winning more often than not.

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