Bristol's debut, against Celtic League champions Leinster at Dublin's Donnybrook ground, will be broadcast live on RTE on Friday, 11 October. The following day, the Powergen Cup holders London Irish will make their bow against the inaugural Heineken Cup champions Toulouse at Les Sept Deniers - a game that will be shown live across France on FR2.
The main game in the UK will be the fascinating duel between English champions Gloucester and Munster. That game will kick-off at Kingsholm at 3.00pm on Saturday, 12 October. In addition, other televised matches will be announced prior to the kick off on 11 October.
Here is the TV schedule for the first two rounds of the Heineken Cup in the UK and France and the full Pool stage for Ireland.,
Saturday 12th October 2002 Gloucester v Munster 1500 hrs (TBC) Saturday 19th October 2002 Bristol v Montferrand 1500 hrs (TBC)
Saturday 12th October 2002 Toulouse v London Irish 1500 hrs Saturday 19th October 2002 Biarritz v Northampton 1500 hrs
Friday 11th October 2002 Leinster v Bristol 1935 hrs Saturday 19th October 2002 Munster v Perpignan 1500 hrs Saturday 7th December 2002 Munster v Viadana 1500 hrs Friday 13th December 2002 Leinster v Montferrand 1935 hrs Friday 10th January 2002 Leinster v Swansea 1935 hrs Saturday 18th January 2002 Munster v Gloucester 1600 hrs
All kick-off times are local times.