Leinster will launch the defence of their Heineken Cup crown with an away trip to Montpellier on Saturday, November 12, with the French tournament debutants taking the match to Stade de la Mosson.
Leinster will also play a fourth tournament match at the Aviva Stadium when they meet Bath in Round 4 on Saturday, December 17. The champions have won all three previous games staged at the home of Irish rugby beating Clermont Auvergne in a Pool match and Leicester Tigers and Toulouse in the knock-out stages last season on the way to their second Heineken Cup crown in three seasons.
English champions Saracens – who will welcome South Africa's 2007 World Cup winning captain John Smit to the club after the Wolrd Cup – will take their Round 3 clash with the Ospreys on Saturday, December 10 to London's Wembley Stadium.
Connacht, who join Montpellier in making their Heineken Cup debut this season, will meet Amlin Challenge Cup holders Harlequins in Pool 6 on Friday, November 11 - the opening night of the 17th season of elite European club rugby action - before welcoming four-time champions Toulouse to Galway in Round 2 on Saturday, November 19.
Harlequins face a tough away trip in Round 4 when they take on Toulouse at Le Stadium on Sunday, December 18.
Northampton Saints, the 2011 finalists, will also be on the road in Round 1 as they travel to Thomond Park to meet the 2006 and 2008 Heineken Cup winners, Munster in Pool 1.
Aironi, the Italian franchise set for their second season in the competition, will have home advantage when they host former double champions Leicester Tigers at Stadio Luigi Zaffanella on the opening Saturday.
Pool 1: Munster, Northampton Saints, Scarlets, Castres Olympique
Pool 2: Cardiff Blues, London Irish, Edinburgh, Racing Metro
Pool 3: Leinster, Bath, Glasgow Warriors, Montpellier
Pool 4: Leicester Tigers, Clermont Auvergne, Ulster, Aironi
Pool 5: Biarritz Olympique, Ospreys, Saracens, Benetton Treviso
Pool 6: Toulouse, Harlequins, Gloucester, Connacht
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