Leinster captain LEO CULLEN believes that Leinster will need to be at their best to qualify from their Pool following the draw for next year’s Heineken Cup…

‘We were massively disappointed not to get out of our pool last season. We came unstuck due to a number of factors but all the boys are mad keen to reach the knockout stage again – that is what it’s all about for us.

‘Last season we had to reassess – it was a new challenge for us in the Amlin Challenge Cup and the chance to win a trophy. Having the semi-final and final at the RDS was a real incentive and we had three great days in the competition.

‘There was a great atmosphere in final against Stade Francais. It was a brilliant occasion that I will always remember, but there was still a sense that we wanted to be at the Aviva Stadium the following day.

‘It’s always funny at this time of year because it seems so far away. The finals were only a few weeks ago and obviously Northampton reached the Aviva Premiership final, which is no mean feat. I also watched Castres cause a bit of an upset by winning the Top 14.

‘It’s a tough pool all round – all the teams are pretty evenly matched. You always have to beat the best teams to win the Heineken Cup.’