Magners League Play-Off semi-finalists Glasgow Warriors will be hoping to repeat one of their most famous victories when they return to Toulouse to face the reigning Heineken Cup champions in Pool 6 next season.
The Warriors had never won in France in nine seasons of trying until they came up against Toulouse in their penultimate Pool outing in the 2008/09 season, yet somehow they managed to conjure up a magnificent 33-26 victory against the odds.
The draw for the 2010/11 Heineken Cup was made in Cardiff today and the Warriors found themselves paired with Toulouse for the second time in three seasons and Newport Gwent Dragons for third season in a row.
“We want to be testing ourselves against the best and in the Pool we've got we can definitely do that,” said Warriors skipper Ali Kellock.
“We are under no illusions that Toulouse will be massive favourites from our Pool. They are the current champions and the best team in Europe – playing at their ground is a fantastic experience.
“But 2009, when we won at Toulouse, was a real high point over the last few seasons and everybody is really excited about the opportunity to go back there, as well as facing Toulouse at Firhill.
“London Wasps are another of Europe's real big clubs. They are huge in European terms and that's the sort of team that you want to compete against.
“As for the Dragons, we know them really well and I’m sure both teams will be happy to see each other again,”
Munster and reigning Magners League champions Ospreys are drawn together in Pool 3, along with London Irish and RC Toulon, while Amlin Challenge Cup winners Cardiff Blues are joined by Northampton Saints, Edinburgh and Castres Olympique in Pool 1.
Ulster join Magners League newcomers Aironi Rugby in Pool 4, along with Biarritz Olympique and Bath, and the Italian champions, Benetton Treviso, will join the Scarlets in Pool 5 with Leicester Tigers and Perpignan.
The 2008 Magners League and 2009 Heineken Cup champions Leinster are drawn in Pool 2 with newly crowned French champions ASM Clermont Auvergne, Saracens and Racing-Metro.
The draw was again conducted using the merit-based ERC European Ranking system compiled on the qualified teams' performances over the past four seasons in the Heineken Cup and knock-out stages of the Amlin Challenge Cup.
The 24 teams who have qualified for the 2010/11 competition were graded into four Tiers of six teams each with each of the six Pools having one team from each of the four Tier levels. French clubs ASM Clermont Auvergne and Racing-Metro 92 were drawn together in Pool 2 as France have seven teams in next season’s competition.
HEINEKEN CUP 2010/11 POOLS
POOL 1: Cardiff Blues, Northampton Saints, Edinburgh, Castres Olympique
POOL 2: Leinster, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Saracens, Racing Metro 92
POOL 3: Munster, Ospreys, London Irish, RC Toulon
POOL 4: Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque, Bath Rugby, Ulster, Aironi Rugby
POOL 5: Leicester Tigers, Scarlets, Perpignan, Benetton Treviso
POOL 6: Toulouse, London Wasps, Glasgow Warriors, Newport Gwent Dragons
HEINEKEN CUP 2010/11 FIXTURES
ROUND 1 – 8/9/10 October, 2010
ROUND 2 – 15/16/17 October, 2010
ROUND 3 – 10/11/12 December, 2010
ROUND 4 – 17/18/19 December, 2010
ROUND 5 – 14/15/16 January, 2011
ROUND 6 – 21/22/23 January, 2011
QUARTER-FINALS – 8/9/10 April, 2011
SEMI-FINALS – 30 April/1 May, 2011
16thHEINEKEN CUP FINAL – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff – 21/22 May, 2011