Ulster to face Leicester and Clermont in Heineken Cup

Northampton's Christian Day is tackled by Chris Henry of Ulster in last season's Heineken Cup quarter-finals
Ulster were beaten by Northampton in the quarter-finals last season

Ulster will take on English giants Leicester in Pool Four of next season's Heineken Cup.

French outfit Clermont and Italian side Aironi complete Ulster's pool following the draw on Tuesday.

Champions Leinster face Bath, Glasgow and Montpellier with two-times winners Munster go up against Northampton, Scarlets and Castres.

Connacht are making their Heineken Cup debut and they will play against Toulouse, Harlequins and Gloucester.

Ulster Director of Rugby David Humphreys is confident the Ravenhill side can progress from the pool after reaching the quarter-finals last season.

'There is no doubt that this is a particularly difficult group, but there are no easy pools any more," he said.

"If you look throughout the competition, there are many teams that could reach the quarter-finals.

"Leicester finished top of the Premiership last season and Clermont finished fourth in the Top 14 so that highlights their quality.

"We know from our games against Aironi last season that they will will be hard to beat as well.

"There is no doubt next season will be another step up for our players but we certainly have the ability to progress to the knock out stages once again."

POOL ONE: Munster, Northampton Saints, Scarlets, Castres Olympique

POOL TWO: Cardiff Blues, London Irish, Edinburgh, Racing Metro 92

POOL THREE: Leinster, Bath Rugby, Glasgow Warriors, Montpellier

POOL FOUR: Leicester, Clermont Auvergne, Ulster, Aironi Rugby

POOL FIVE: Biarritz Olympique, Ospreys, Saracens, Benetton Treviso

POOL SIX: Toulouse, Harlequins, Gloucester Rugby, Connacht Rugby