The much anticipated draws for the European Cups was held yesterday and, almost without exception every head coach said that they were very happy with their pools and couldn’t wait.
I guess they had to say that though!
In the Champions Cup none of the pools look easy – although I suspect Wasps will be the happiest of the Premiership clubs.
Current champions Saracens have to play Toulon – winners in the three previous seasons.
The Pool winners plus the 3 best placed runners up will go into the quarter finals and the contest to be crowned the best club side in Europe starts in October.
In the Challenge Cup I think the most exciting group is Pool 4 which puts Bath against Cardiff and Bristol.
Pool 1: La Rochelle, Gloucester, Treviso, Bayonne
Pool 2: Ospreys, Grenoble, Newcastle, Lyon
Pool 3: Brive, Worcester, Newport Gwent Dragons, Enisei-STM
Pool 4: Cardiff Blues, Bath, Pau, Bristol
Pool 5: Harlequins, Edinburgh, Stade Francais, Timisoara
In Pool 3 the Dragons and Warriors will need to steel themselves for a trip to Siberia!
Some great games to look forward to – again!