If defending champions Leinster can overcome ASM Clermont Auvergne in the quarter-finals in early April they will be away in France to the winner of Toulouse and Stade Français Paris…

‘First up for us is Clermont,’ said Leinster captain Leo Cullen following the semi final draw on Sunday evening. ‘If we can get past them then we will start looking at the challenge of facing either Toulouse or Stade Français Paris.

‘The quality of the teams left in the Heineken Cup is just unbelievable and this season the French teams have really hit back with their teams winning four of the six Pools.

‘It has brought a French feel to the tournament and you have to say they are looking pretty formidable, particularly with the prospect for them of playing in the final in Paris in May.’

HEINEKEN CUP SEMI FINALS (1-2 May):

Toulouse / Stade Français Paris v Leinster / ASM Clermont Auvergne
Biarritz Olympique / Ospreys v Munster / Northampton Saints