European champions Leinster Rugby to face Toulouse, Wasps and Bath

Rich Dore
20 June 2018

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Reigning European and Guinness PRO14 champions Leinster have been drawn against Toulouse, Wasps and Bath for the 2018/19 European Champions Cup.

Leo Cullen’s Leinster beat Racing 92 15-12 in the Champions Cup final just over a month ago and now know their pool opponents for the upcoming season, with the first round due to get underway in October.

Between the four sides they have won 11 titles, with Leinster joining Toulouse as the most decorated team in the competition’s history after their win over Racing 92 in Bilbao in May.

Fellow Irish province Munster are drawn in Pool Two alongside current French Top 14 champions Castres, English Premiership finalists Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester.

Gloucester were narrowly beaten by Cardiff Blues in May’s Challenge Cup final and face Munster, beaten semi-finalists in the 2017/18 Champions Cup.

Pool Three will see all-Guinness PRO14 clashes as the Blues are drawn together with Dave Rennie’s Glasgow Warriors, along with French outfit Lyon and two-time winners Saracens.

The Blues will hope to replicate the form that sees them go into the 2018/19 season as Challenge Cup champions while the Warriors will look to improve on last year’s pool exit.

Another two Guinness PRO14 clubs, Scarlets and Ulster, will compete in Pool Four with Racing 92 and Leicester Tigers.

Scarlets were defeated 38-16 by Leinster in last season’s semi-finals while Ulster accrued 17 points in 2017/18 but finished third in their pool.

The seventh Guinness PRO14 club included in the Champions Cup, Edinburgh, will come up against Pool Five top seeds Montpellier, Newcastle Falcons and Toulon.

Toulon are three-time winners whilst Newcastle return to the top tier of European rugby after a long absence and will also be the venue for the final, with Richard Cockerill’s Edinburgh looking to go further than last year’s Challenge Cup quarter-final exit.

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