19 Jun, 06:50
A single point separated the sides as a hard-fought 5th-8th place play-off finished in France's favour at Stade Henri Desgrange on Tuesday night. Check out some photos from Ireland's fourth IRB Junior World Championsip match.
The 14th season of the Heineken Cup will kick-off during the second week of October - with the pool stages again played over three weekend blocks of two rounds of matches each.
The second block of pool matches will be played in early December following the autumn international matches and the final block in January.
There will be three week intervals between the quarter-finals in April and the semi-finals in May and between the semi-finals and finals on the weekend of May 22-24, 2009.
The 2008/2009 Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup weekends:
ROUND 1 - October 10/11/12
ROUND 2 - October 17/18/19
ROUND 3 - December 5/6/7
ROUND 4 - December 12/13/14
ROUND 5 - January 16/17/18
ROUND 6 - January 23/24/25
QUARTER-FINALS - April 10/11/12
SEMI-FINALS - May 1/2/3
FINALS - May 22/23/24