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Daunting European Fixtures

The draws have just been made for the new European club competitions which come into force this forthcoming autumn. Ulster have been shoved into the deep end alongside the current champions Toulon and their old adversaries of Leicester. Munster have to cope with the mighty Clermont Auvergne and the champions of England, Saracens. Leinster, like their neighbours Munster also have to compete with two English teams in their group.

The groups are as follows:

European Rugby Champions Cup draw:

Pool One: Saracens, Munster, Clermont Auvergne, Sale Sharks.

Pool Two: Leinster, Castres, Harlequins, London Wasps.

Pool Three: Toulon, Leicester Tigers, Ulster, Scarlets.

Pool Four: Glasgow Warriors, Montpellier, Bath, Toulouse.

Pool Five: Northampton Saints, Racing Metro, Ospreys, Benetton Treviso.

The top team in each pool plus the three best runners-up progress to the quarter finals.

European Rugby Challenge Cup draw:

Pool One: Cardiff Blues, London Irish, Grenoble, Qualifier.

Pool Two: Exeter Chiefs, Bayonne, Connacht Rugby, La Rochelle.

Pool Three: Stade Francais Paris, Newport Gwent Dragons, Newcastle Falcons, Qualifier.

Pool Four: Edinburgh, Begles Bordeaux, London Welsh, Lyon.

Pool Five: Gloucester, Brive, Zebre, Oyonnax.

The top team in each pool plus the three best runners-up progress to the quarter finals.

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