Both the Scarlets and the Blues will have home advantage when they attack the 15th Heineken Cup competiton in October.
The Blues will play their first European match at their Cardiff City Stadium against Harlequins, while the Scarlets will begin their campaign by welcoming Brive to west Wales.
Leinster will launch the defence of their Heineken Cup title against London Irish on the evening of Friday 9, October 2009 at the RDS in Dublin in what will be their first meeting in Europe's premier club rugby tournament
The fixtures, dates, kick-off times and host broadcasters for the first four Rounds of the 15th edition of the Heineken Cup were today (Thursday, 23 July) announced by ERC, the tournament organisers.
Leo Cullen's champions then travel to France to clash with 1997 winners Brive in another tournament first meeting before their quick-fire back-to-back contests with more familiar opponents the Scarlets.
Former double champions Leicester Tigers, beaten 19-16 in the 2009 final at Murrayfield two months ago, open their challenge in the Heineken Cup 2009/10 at the revamped 24,000-capacity Welford Road against the Ospreys in a carbon copy start to last season's campaign.
While the English champions have the bonus of a home start, French champions Perpignan begin on the road against top Italian club Benetton Treviso with Heineken Cup 2009 semi-finalists Cardiff Blues home to Harlequins and Munster travelling to Northampton Saints in yet another clash of former tournament winners.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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