Leinster Rugby will begin their European title defence against Wasps, Toulouse and Bath in Pool 1 of the 2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup.

The draw took place at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland today and was conducted by Sarra Elgan (BT Sport) and Raphaël Ibañez (France Télévisions) with Austin Healey (BT Sport) and Dimitri Yachvili (beIN SPORTS).

Having won the Guinness PRO14 Final at Aviva Stadium last month, Leinster were placed in Tier 1 with Premiership champions, Saracens, and Top 14 winners, Castres.

TOP 14 runners-up, Montpellier, and PRO14 runners-up Scarlets were also placed in Tier 1.

Leinster last faced Wasps in the quarter-finals of the 2016/17 Champions Cup at Aviva Stadium, winning 32-17 to secure a semi-final away to Clermont.

Four-time European champions Toulouse visited Aviva Stadium back in April 2011 for a Heineken Cup semi-final, which Leinster won on the way to a memorable final against Northampton Saints.

The final team drawn into Pool 1 was Bath Rugby, who will have Girvan Dempsey among their coaching team next season.

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2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup Pools

Pool 1

Leinster Rugby

Pool 2

Castres Olympique
Exeter Chiefs
Munster Rugby
Gloucester Rugby

Pool 3

Glasgow Warriors
Cardiff Blues

Pool 4

Racing 92
Leicester Tigers
Ulster Rugby

Pool 5

Newcastle Falcons
Edinburgh Rugby
RC Toulon

2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup key dates

Round 1: 12th/13th/14th October
Round 2: 19th/20th/21st October
Round 3: 7th/8th/9th December
Round 4: 14th/15th/16th December
Round 5: 11th/12th/13th January 2019
Round 6: 18th/19th/20th January 2019
Quarter-finals: 29th/30th/31st March 2019
Semi-finals: 19th/20th/21st April 2019

2019 Newcastle finals

Challenge Cup final: Friday 10 May, St James’ Park
Champions Cup final: Saturday 11 May, St James’ Park