The draws for the 2014/15 European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup were made at the Stade de la Maladière in Neuchatel, Switzerland this afternoon.
The draws for the pool stages of both tournaments were compered by Craig Doyle of BT Sport and Raphael Ibanez, and conducted by three-time European tournament winner, Simon Shaw, and Scott Quinnell of Sky Sports.
For the first time, the competing teams from the Aviva Premiership, Top 14 and PRO12 qualified on merit.
The draws, held in Neuchatel, Switzerland which will be EPCR's new headquarters, were broadcast live on BTsport.com, Sky Sports News, TG4 and Infosport + and streamed live on epcrugby.com.
Recently-crowned RaboDirect PRO12 champions Leinster were the first team out of the pot for the Champions Cup draw, and will have Castres Olympique, Harlequins and London Wasps for company in Pool 2.
Matt O'Connor's men beat Castres home and away in the 2013/14 Heineken Cup and overcame Harlequins in a hard-fought quarter-final at the Stoop on the way to winning their first European title in 2009.
Wasps are no strangers to Leinster, their most recent meeting being a 48-28 Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final win for the province in April of last year.
Anthony Foley's first European campaign as Munster head coach will see them come up against two of the Heineken Cup's most recent runners-up, Saracens and Clermont Auvergne, as well as Sale Sharks in Pool 1.
Foley's charges could be off to Wembley for their away fixture against Saracens, who beat the Reds 19-13 in their last meeting at Vicarage Road in December 2012. Clermont were also victorious - 16-10 - when they hosted Munster in the Heineken Cup's last-four the following April.
Scarlets boss Simon Easterby has dubbed it a 'pool of death' and it is hard to disagree with the former Ireland flanker when you look at the line-up in Pool 3 - reigning European champions Toulon, Leicester Tigers, Ulster and the Scarlets.
Ulster and the Scarlets are regular rivals in the PRO12, while the province will be meeting French giants Toulon for the first time.
Leicester are familiar opponents - this is the third time in four seasons that Ulster and Tigers have faced off in Europe and Mark Anscombe's side achieved a notable double over the Welford Road outfit in 2013/14.
Meanwhile, Connacht will have two trips to France during their Pool 2 run in the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Bayonne and La Rochelle are the destinations for the Pat Lam-coached westerners who are also set to play Exeter Chiefs, the number one-ranked English club in the competition.
We spoke to Leinster and Ireland winger Dave Kearney after the Captain's Run at Thomond Park as he prepares to take on some familiar faces and some well-capped stars when the Ireland XV play the Barbarians.
Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong is one of two uncapped players in the Ireland XV starting team to play the Barbarians. We caught up with the young prop at Thomond Park as he prepares to pull on the green jersey.
Jamie Heaslip will captain the Ireland XV against the Barbarians at Thomond Park on Thursday. He spoke to Irish Rugby TV about facing the star-studded visitors and the battle he is relishing with his Leinster colleague Shane Jennings, who captains the Baa Baas.
Ireland Under-20 head coach Nigel Carolan has likened the World Rugby Under-20 Championship to 'a mini Six Nations in three weeks'. His side take on Argentina in their tournament opener in Parma next Tuesday.
Ireland Under-20 backs Nick McCarthy and Garry Ringrose and Feargal O'Rourke from team sponsors PwC spoke to Irish Rugby TV as the squad prepare for the World Rugby U-20 Championship which starts next week in Italy.
We caught up with Sean O'Brien at the Canterbury Ireland training kit launch where he spoke about next week's Barbarians game, the build-up to the Rugby World Cup and 'moving forward' with Leinster next season.
We caught up with Ireland international Luke Fitzgerald at the launch of the new Canterbury Ireland training kit. He spoke about his recovery from shoulder surgery and his aim to be fit for the Guinness Summer Series games in August.
Ireland Men's Sevens squad member Matthew D'Arcy is gearing up for a 'long and tough season' of Sevens rugby this summer. "It's very exciting (to be involved), there's a huge opportunity for us all," he said.
IRFU Director of Sevens and head coach Anthony Eddy talks about the Ireland Men's Sevens squad's upcoming tournaments and ambitions, while squad members Cian Aherne and Tom Daly tell us about their enthusiasm to play Sevens for Ireland.
IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora speaks about the newly-announced Ireland Men's Sevens squad and structures, and we also hear from squad member Matthew D'Arcy on the training camps and how he got involved.
IRFU Women's Rugby Ambassador Fiona Coghlan played in three Rugby World Cups and captained Ireland to Grand Slam glory. She believes the 2017 Women's World Cup in Ireland will be a 'hugely successful and exciting' tournament.