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Heineken Cup draw - Rugby - European Cup
Rugby - European Cup

The draw: Munster get French test

Heineken Cup holders Munster have been drawn against French duo Clermont and Montauban in the pool stages of next season's competition.

The Irish side, who fought to a 16-13 win over Toulouse in the 2008 final, face the tough task of fighting off two French teams in a group including the extra seventh qualification spot earned by the Top 14.

Clermont finished the French league regular season in first, while Montauban's seventh-placed finish took them to Europe's premier rugby competition for the first time in their history.

The trio will also face Sale Sharks, who came fifth in the Premiership.

Three-time champions and last season's runners-up Toulouse were drawn with British trio Bath, Glasgow and Newport.

Premiership play-off winners and former champions Wasps, meanwhile, drew Castres and Celtic League champions Leinster, along with Edinburgh.

The winners of each of the six pools will qualify for the quarter-finals along with the two best runners-up.

POOL ONE

Munster [IRL], Sale [ENG], Clermont Auvergne [FRA], Montauban [FRA]

POOL TWO

Wasps [ENG], Leinster [IRL], Castres [FRA], Edinburgh [SCO]

POOL THREE

Leicester [ENG], Perpignan [FRA], Ospreys [WAL], Treviso [ITA]

POOL FOUR

Stade Francais [FRA], Llanelli [WAL], Ulster [IRL], Harlequins [ENG]

POOL FIVE

Toulouse [FRA], Bath [ENG], Newport Gwent Dragons [WAL], Glasgow [SCO]

POOL SIX

Biarritz [FRA], Gloucester [ENG], Cardiff [WAL], Calvisano [ITA]

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