First up for Munster is a trip to Murrayfield to play Edinburgh. That will be followed by a home game against Gloucester, in what will be a repeat of the famous miracle match.
Munster have already beaten Edinburgh in the Rabo Direct Pro 12, but captain Peter O’Mahony knows there will be no easy games:
Munster coach Rob Penny is hoping to build on last year’s run which saw his team reach the semi finals:
Leinster travel to the Neath Swansea Ospreys before entertaining the reigning French champions Castre.
New Leinster coach Matt O’Connor knows they are facing tough opponents:
Leinster have already played the Neath Swansea Ospreys this season. The 2 teams played out a draw at the RDS.
Captain Leo Cullen says they are going to see a lot of each other over next few months:
Connacht are preparing for their third Heineken Cup campaign. They must hit the ground running with the visit of English kingpins Saracens to The Sportsground.
Captain Michael Swift thinks it will be a special occasion:
Connacht coach Pat Lam won the tournament as a player with the Northampton Saints. He says the eyes of the world will be watching:
Ulster kick off their campaign against two time European Champions Leicester at Ravenhill.
The 2012 runners up paid a high price for failing to beat Northampton at the same venue last season. Captain Johann Muller says the team have learnt their lesson:
Ulster coach Mark Anscombe says there are no easy fixtures in the Heineken Cup: