The inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup is set to explode into action in mid-October with two compelling weekends of heavyweight clashes between European club rugby's professional elite. Leinster, Munster and Ulster will all face English opponents in the opening round.
The two highest profile matches in the 2014/15 European club rugby calendar will be staged in the English capital following EPCR's announcement that London is set to host the finals of the new-look European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup tournaments.
The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) and Leinster Rugby have announced the launch of an international architectural design competition, the first step in the redevelopment of the RDS Arena, home to both Leinster Rugby and the Dublin Horse Show.
Leinster have past history with all three of their Pool 2 opponents in the European Rugby Champions Cup. Indeed, they lined out against two of them - London Wasps and Castres Olympique - in the last 13 months.
New Munster head coach Anthony Foley has a difficult path to negotiate in Pool 1 of the European Rugby Champions Cup, with the Reds facing home and away encounters with Saracens, Clermont Auvergne and Sale Sharks.
Connacht stalwart John Muldoon, who has played 222 times for his home province including over 50 European appearances, says fans can expect some 'great games' in the inaugural European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Leinster, Saracens and Toulon are guaranteed top seeding when the pool draw for the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup takes place at the Stade de la Maladière in Neuchatel, Switzerland on Tuesday (12pm Irish time).
The last ever Heineken Cup final was played this evening with Toulon retaining the title in Cardiff. The tournament has given Irish rugby some unforgettable moments over the years and we take a look back at some of them here.