By Fergus Jayes
Rassie Erasmus' Munster have been drawn against their old mate Ronan O'Gara and his Racing 92 outfit in the Champions Cup 2017/18 group stages. A tough Pool 4 also includes Leicester Tigers and Castres.
The pair clashed in the group stages last year with Munster emerging victorious with an impressive 22-10 victory over the French side in January 2017.
Leo Cullen's Leinster have been given a favourable group in Pool 3 with Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs the tier 1 side in the group.
They also come up against Pro12 rivals Glasgow in a highly anticipated clash and face a fixture against their old enemies Montpellier.
Ulster came into the draw as a Tier 3 team hoping to avoid the prospect of a Group of Death. They emerged with a difficult Pool facing off against formidable Tier 1 side Wasps and Tier 2 side La Rochelle who finished top of their respective leagues.
The Group of Death is Pool 2 with 2017 finalists Clermont Auvergne and Saracens paired together. The Tier 3 and Tier 4 sides arrive as no pushovers in the form of Ospreys and Northampton saints respectively.
Scarlets topped Pool 5 as the top seed as the reigning Pro12 champions as they were paired with Toulon, Bath Rugby and Treviso.
In the Challenge Cup, Connacht are paired in Pool 5 with Brive, Donncha O'Callaghan's Worcester Warriors, Oyonnax
Champions Cup draw
ASM Clermont Auvergne,
EPCR key dates – 2017/18 season
Round 1: 12/13/14/15 October;
Round 2: 19/20/21/22 October;
Round 3: 7/8/9/10 December;
Round 4: 14/15/16/17 December;
Round 5: 11/12/13/14 January 2018;
Round 6: 18/19/20/21 January 2018;
Quarter-finals: 29/30/31 March – 1 April 2018;
Semi-finals: 20/21/22 April 2018