Quins handed shot at Connacht Heineken Cup revenge

PREMIERSHIP champions Harlequins face a rematch with Irish side Connacht, who knocked them out of last year’s competition, in next season’s Heineken Cup.

Quins will also meet Challenge Cup winners Biarritz and newly-formed Italian side Zebre in a reasonably kind Pool Three draw.

Fellow Londoners Saracens face a tougher route to the knockout stages, having drawn last year’s semi-finalists Edinburgh, two-time winners Munster and French club Racing Metro in Pool One.

Exeter Chiefs, playing in their first Heineken Cup campaign, have also been handed a difficult pool, with matches against defending champions Leinster and two former semi-finalists in Clermont Auvergne and Llanelli Scarlets.