There are no easy draws in the Heineken Cup these days but everyone was hoping to be in the same pool (6) as Cardiff Blues, arguably the weakest of the Tier 1. Unfortunately neither of the Scottish teams got such an easy path.
Both teams are in challenging pools with Edinburgh pulling perennial Heineken Cup botherers Munster and 2010-11 Premiership Champions Saracens, and their opponents in two great (and high-scoring) games last season in Racing Metro 92.
Glasgow have a tough pool but they are teams that they can beat on their day in Saints, Ulster and Castres. Of the two pro-teams, they perhaps have a greater chance of escaping their pool, but it is (as always) a slim chance for both and will require maximum effort.
Michael Bradley is taking his club back to his home province of Munster, while new Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend will take his charges to two teams he previously played for – Northampton and Castres – in his first experience of Heineken Cup coaching.
Edinburgh will face Kelly Brown in Saracens colours, while Max Evans should line up for Castres against his old club Glasgow. Richie Gray and Richie Vernon’s Sale Sharks did find themselves in Pool 6, probably the most even pool with no real powerhouses lurking.
And new player/coach at Connacht Dan Parks may even get a chance for a win against new boys Zebre.
Racing Metro 92