With all the news and interest surrounding the Lions and, to a lesser extent, the international teams, it would have been pretty easy to have missed the fact that the draw for next season’s Heineken Cup was announced this week.
In a draw which the majority of players and coaches will only turn their attention to after the demands of a summer tour (or a summer on the beach for those not involved), champions Leinster have been drawn against London Irish, Scarlets and Brive in Pool 6. Elsewhere, in Pool 5 Toulouse, Cardiff Blues, Sale and Harlequins will fight it out in what looks to be the ‘group of death’.
Here is the draw in full:
Pool 1 – Munster (Ire), Perpignan (Fra), Northampton (Eng), Treviso (Ita)
Pool 2 – Biarritz (Fra), Gloucester (Eng), Newport Gwent Dragons (Wal), Glasgow (Sco)
Pool 3 – Leicester (Eng), Ospreys (Wal), Clermont Auvergne (Fra), Viadana (Ita)
Pool 4 – Bath (Eng), Stade Francais (Fra), Ulster (Ire), Edinburgh (Sco)
Pool 5 – Toulouse (Fra), Cardiff Blues (Wal), Sale (Eng), Harlequins (Eng)
Pool 6 – Leinster (Ire), London Irish (Eng), Scarlets (Wal), Brive (Fra)
What do you make of the draw? Who will be breezing through and who will be the early casualties?