18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
You can watch the draw live online on www.ercrugby.com from 11am.
2009/10 HEINEKEN CUP TEAMS AND TIERS:
TIER 1 - Munster, Leicester Tigers, Leinster, Toulouse, Bath, Biarritz Olympique
TIER 2 - Cardiff Blues, Stade Francais, Gloucester, Perpignan, Ospreys, London Irish
TIER 3 - Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks, Clermont Auvergne, Scarlets, Ulster, Newport Gwent Dragons
TIER 4 - Harlequins, Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh, Treviso, Brive, Viadana
Heineken Cup Pool Draw Format -
• For the purpose of the draw, the 24 qualified teams are ranked based on their ERC European rankings and are divided into four tiers.
Rankings are based on European performance over the past four seasons in the Heineken Cup and knock-out stages of the European Challenge Cup
• Each pool will have one team from each of the four tier levels
• No two teams from the same country will be drawn in the same pool except for the seventh club from England (Harlequins based on European ranking) which will be drawn into a pool with another English team
• The winners of the Heineken Cup (Leinster) will be seeded in the first tier and will be drawn into a pool first