Ospreys learn Heineken Cup opponents

The draw for the 2012/13 Heineken Cup pool stages took place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Tuesday and the Ospreys found themselves up against familiar foes and some true European giants.

Four times European champions and newly crowned French T14 kings Toulouse were the first team drawn in Pool Two, shortly followed by double Heineken Cup winners and 2012 Aviva Premiership runners-up Leicester Tigers.

The Ospreys were drawn third in the pool, with PRO12 rivals Benetton Treviso – who were in the same pool as the Ospreys in the 2011/12 competition, finishing off the draw.

The Ospreys have played all three opponents in European competition previously.

The have been paired with Leicester on three separate occasions, in 2005/06, 2008/09 and 2009/10, winning two, drawing one and losing three. The Ospreys though are unbeaten in the last three Heineken Cup fixtures between the two teams and have also defeated the Tigers in their last two Anglo-Welsh Cup fixtures.

Toulouse were in the same pool as the Ospreys in our first ever season, 2003/04, with the then defending champions winning twice on their way to another final, which this time they lost to London Wasps.

Benetton Treviso have been drawn twice with the Ospreys previously, with the region unbeaten in four games - although Treviso held the Ospreys to a 26-all draw in Italy last October.


Pool 1: Munster, Edinburgh, Saracens, Racing Metro 92

Pool 2: Toulouse, Leicester, Ospreys, Benetton Treviso

Pool 3: Biarritz, Harlequins, Connacht, Zebre

Pool 4: Northampton, Ulster, Glasgow Warriors, Castres

Pool 5: Leinster, Clermont Auvergne, Scarlets, Exeter

Pool 6: Cardiff Blues, Toulon, Sale, Montpellier


2012/13 Heineken Cup Dates

Round 1 12/13/14 October 2012
Round 2 19/20/21 October 2012
Round 3 7/8/9 December 2012
Round 4 14/15/16 December 2012
Round 5 11/12/13 January 2013
Round 6 18/19/20 January 2013
Quarter-finals 5/6/7 April 2013
Semi-finals 26/27/28 April 2013

Dublin 2013 European club rugby finals

Amlin Challenge Cup final - RDS, Friday, 17 May 2013 (8.00pm)
Heineken Cup final - Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 18 May 2013 (5.00pm)

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