Heineken Cup Designated Weekends
ROUND 1 - 9/10/11 October 2009
ROUND 2 - 16/17/18 October 2009
ROUND 3 -11/12/13 December 2009
ROUND 4 -18/19/20 December 2009
ROUND 5 - 15/16/17 January
ROUND 6 - 22/23/24 January
At this stage, 23 of the 24 sides that will compete in the 09/10 Heineken Cup are known with the final place up for grabs next Friday when Newport Gwent Dragons travel to Italy to take on Calvisano.
Northampton earned their place with the Challenge Cup win over Bourgoin whose defeat meant that Brive, winners of the competition in '97 and beaten finalists in '98, get a Heinken Cup place instead of the beaten Challenge Cup side..
The qualifiers besides Leinster Munster and Ulster for next season are;
England (7): Bath, Gloucester, Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, London Irish, Northampton, Sale Sharks.
France (6): ASM Clermont Auvergne, Biarritz Olympique, Brive, Perpignan, Stade Francias, Toulouse,
Wales: (3) Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Scarlets, (and Newport Gwent Dragons ?)
Scotland: (2) Edinburgh, Glasgow Warriors.
Italy: (2) Benneton Treviso, Viadana, (and Calvisano ?)