"To start away at Llanelli really is to begin with the toughestchallenge.Perhaps I will make Gareth Thomas captain for the day to help us out!
"No, seriously, it will help to have a Welsh player on boardthis season togive us an insight into Welsh rugby in general. He will undoubtedlybringsomething extra to the team.
"Next season won't be a case of wiping out bad memories. I onlyhave goodmemories of the Heineken Cup, even though we lost in the final atTwickenham. We are very lucky in figuring in two recent finals andqualifying to the quarter finals most seasons.
"But before thinking about getting to the final this season wemustconcentrate on doing a lot of hard work. We must take one match at atimestarting with Llanelli at Stradey Park."
Andy Marinos (Chief Executive of The Dragons)"I don't think we can be too disappointed with our Pool and itdoesn'tappear to be as daunting as last season. That said, there are no easygamesin the Heineken Cup.
"It really will be exciting to have Newcastle Falcons coming toRodneyParade on opening night with the likes of Jonny Wilkinson, Matt BurkeandColin Charvis in their ranks. The sporting public in Gwent want tosee thetop names in the game playing at Rodney Parade and they won't bedisappointed by the quality of players who will be coming with theFalcons,Perpignan and Edinburgh.
"We obviously know a little bit about Newcastle, having playedand beatenthem twice in the Heineken Cup two years ago, and we have been regularopponents of Edinburgh.
"We had Toulouse and Stade Francais in the Heineken Cup atRodney Paradebefore, and beaten them both, so it will be great to play againstanothergiant of French rugby, Perpignan."
Mark McCall (Ulster coach)"The difficulty of our Pool isn't a shock to us given ourseeding as thethird Irish side. That always means we get the top French team. We aregetting used to meeting Stade Francais and we know a lot about CardiffBlues. They improved a great deal last season and are bound to be evenstronger with the influx of players from the Celtic Warriors.
And then there is Gloucester. They have proved themselves to be oneof thetop teams in England in recent years and it is obviously going to be atough trip to Kingsholm.
"But I am very excited about the squad of players I've got towork with andUlster went through last season unbeaten at home in the Heineken CupandCeltic League, so I don't think anyone will be relishing a trip toRavenhill.
"The number one priority for the season will be to make the lasteight ofthe Heineken Cup - that's something we've failed to do since we wonthetitle back in 1999. The standard has risen every season since then,but wefeel we can be very competitive and we're looking forward to startingathome against the Blues."
Alan Gaffney (Munster Coach)"We've got a reasonable draw and it will be nice to start athome. Thereare some good connections between us and Quins and it will be a nicefixture for Jeremy Staunton and Paul Burke, who have crossed overbetweenthe two clubs this summer.
"The way the fixtures have fallen means we will have to travelto Franceimmediately after the November internationals finish. That won't beeasyfor us, but we'll just have to get on with it."
Fabien Galthie (Stade Francais coach) "It's a very exciting Pool and extremely tough. We will bestraight in atthe deep end with a game against Gloucester. Gloucester have been atthetop of English rugby for a number of seasons, while Ulster are alsoverygood. We have never managed to win at Ravenhill.
"Cardiff Blues are the flag bearers of Welsh rugby as theyrepresent theWelsh capital. We are looking forward to it and it goes withoutsaying thatwe want to do as well as possible in the Heineken Cup."
Nigel Melville (Gloucester Director of Rugby)"Stade Francais are a fantastic side and had a superb resultlast weekendto claim the French Championship. They'll have a new coach nextseason inFabien Galthie and we've got a lot of respect for both him and hisplayers.
"There will be a great atmosphere when we play Cardiff Bluesbecause thetwo sides having a strong tradition over the years. Ulster's groundis oneof my favourites, having played there with both Yorkshire and Englandinyears gone by, and I also went there with Wasps. The game atRavenhill willbe a big challenge, and they have great people in Ulster, so I'm sureit'llbe a superb occasion."
Giampiero de Carli (Calvisano captain) It's a nightmare Pool for us. In the seven or eight years I've been playing in the Heineken Cup this has got to be the most difficultPool I'veever been involved in.
London Wasps are the Heineken Cup champions. We played them lastseason,so we know how hard they are going to be. Biarritz could have reachedtheHeineken Cup final last season and are very strong and LeicesterTigers arebound to be even more competitive this season after a slight drop inform.
The Heineken Cup is always a major challenge, but there is a lot ofworkfor us to do between now and the first round in October to makeourselvescompetitive.
Frank Hadden (Edinburgh Rugby coach)There is no doubt that our team grew in stature last season and itwas amajor boost to become the first Scottish side to reach the HeinekenCupquarter-finals. We went to Toulouse feeling we were in with a chance,butthe penalty count against us ruined our chances. Nevertheless, welearned agreat deal from our three games against Toulouse last season -althoughI'm delighted we don't have to play them again.
Starting off in Perpignan isn't going to be easy, but I'm just happythatafter a worrying summer we have been able to keep together the bulkof oursquad. Even though we will miss Simon Taylor and Tom Philip for muchof theseason due to long term injuries, I feel we will be highlycompetitive.It's vital for Scottish rugby that we make further progress thisseason.