Munster handed favourable draw in Heineken Cup

Colm Kinsella

Reporter:

Colm Kinsella

MUNSTER have been drawn with Saracens, Edinburgh and Racing Metro in Pool 5 of next season’s Heineken Cup.

MUNSTER have been drawn with Saracens, Edinburgh and Racing Metro in Pool 5 of next season’s Heineken Cup.

Saracens reached the semi-final of the English Premiership play-offs last month, before losing out to the Leicester Tigers.

Saracens also reached the quarter-final stages of last season’s Heineken Cup, but suffered a heavy home defeat to Clermont Auvergne.

In last season’s Heineken Cup, Racing Metro failed to progress to the knock-out stages from a group which also included London Irish, Edinburgh and Cardiff. However, Racing reached the play-offs in the French Top 14, losing out to eventual finalists Toulon.

Edinburgh, coached by former Munster and Ireland star Michael Bradley reached the semi-finals of last season’s Heineken Cup, before eventually bowing out to Ulster.

More than 28,000 tickets have already been sold for next May’s Heineken Cup final.

Rob Penney’s first Heineken Cup fixture as Munster head coach will take place in mid-October. Dates and kick-off times will be confirmed by the tournament organisers in the coming weeks.

Pool 1

Munster Rugby

Edinburgh Rugby

Saracens

Racing Metro 92

Pool 2

Toulouse

Leicester

Ospreys

Benetton Treviso

Pool 3

Biarritz

Harlequins

Connacht

Zebre

Pool 4

Northampton Saints

Ulster

Glasgow Warriors

Castres Olympique

Pool 5

Leinster Rugby

ASM Clermont Auvergne

Scarlets

Exeter Chiefs

Pool Six

Cardiff Blues

RC Toulon

Sale Sharks

Montpellier

Heineken Cup Key Dates 2012/13

Round 1 – 11/12/13/14 October 2012

Round 2 – 18/19/20/21 October 2012

Round 3 – 6/7/8/9 December 2012

Round 4 – 13/14/15/16 December 2012

Round 5 – 10/11/12/13 January 2013

Round 6 – 17/18/19/20 January 2013

Quarter-finals – 4/5/6/7 April 2013

Semi-finals – 26/27/28 April 2013

Finals – 1Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Aviva Stadium