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Heineken Cup club-by-club guide

POOL 1

LEINSTER

Head coach: Matt O'Connor

Captain: Leo Cullen

Heineken best: Winners in 2009, 2011 and 2012

Key signing: Jimmy Gopperth

Player to watch: Brian O'Driscoll

Odds: 8/1

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS

Director of rugby: Jim Mallinder

Captain: Dylan Hartley

Heineken best: Winners in 2000

Key signing: Kahn Fotuali'i

Player to watch: George North

Odds: 20/1

OSPREYS

Head coach: Steve Tandy

Captain: Alun Wyn Jones

Heineken best: Quarter-finals in 2008, 2009 and 2010

Key signing: Tito Tebaldi

Player to watch: Dan Biggar

Odds: 50/1

CASTRES

Coach: Serge Milhas

Director of rugby: Matthias Rolland

Captain: Yannick Caballero

Heineken best: Semi-finalists in 2002

Key signing: Richie Gray

Player to watch: Brice Dulin

Odds: 40/1

POOL 2

TOULON

Director of rugby: Bernard Laporte

Captain: Jonny Wilkinson

Heineken best: Winners in 2013

Key signing: Bryan Habana

Player to watch: Ali Williams

Odds: 4/1

CARDIFF BLUES

Director of rugby: Phil Davies

Captain: Matthew Rees

Heineken best: Finalists in 1996

Key signing: Gethin Jenkins

Player to watch: Rhys Patchell

Odds: 150/1

GLASGOW WARRIORS

Head coach: Gregor Townsend

Captain: Ali Kellock

Heineken best: Quarter-final play-off in 1998

Key signing: Richie Vernon

Player to watch: Stuart Hogg

Odds: 33/1

EXETER CHIEFS

Director of rugby: Rob Baxter

Captain: Dean Mumm

Heineken best: Pool stages

Key signing: Romana Graham

Player to watch: Tom James

Odds: 125/1

POOL 3

TOULOUSE

Director of rugby: Guy Noves

Captain: Thierry Dusautoir

Heineken best: Winners in 1996, 2003, 2005 and 2010

Key signing: Hosea Gear

Player to watch: Jano Vermaak

Odds: 8/1

SARACENS

Director of rugby: Mark McCall

Captain: Steve Borthwick

Heineken best: Semi-finals in 2008 and 2013

Key signing: Billy Vunipola

Player to watch: Mako Vunipola

Odds: 6/1

CONNACHT

Head coach: Pat Lam

Captain: Michael Swift

Heineken best: Pool stages

Key signing: Sean Henry

Player to watch: James So'oialo

Odds: 2,000/1

ZEBRE

Head coach: Andrea Cavinato

Captain: Gonzalo Garcia

Heineken best: Pool stages

Key signing: Brendon Leonard

Player to watch: Giovanbattista Venditti

Odds: 5,000/1

POOL 4

CLERMONT AUVERGNE

Head coach: Vern Cotter

Captain: Aurelien Rougerie

Heineken best: Finalists in 2013

Key signing: N/A

Player to watch: Morgan Parra

Odds: 4/1

HARLEQUINS

Director of rugby: Conor O'Shea

Captain: Chris Robshaw

Heineken best: Quarter-finals in 2009 and 2013

Key signing: Paul Doran-Jones

Player to watch: Tom Guest

Odds: 40/1

SCARLETS

Head coach: Simon Easterby

Co-captains: Jonathan Davies and Rob McCusker

Heineken best: Semi-finalists in 2000, 2002 and 2007

Key signing: John Barclay

Player to watch: Rhys Priestland

Odds: 100/1

RACING METRO

Coaches: Laurent Travers/Laurent Labit

Captain: Dimitri Szarzewski

Heineken best: Pool stages

Key signing: Jonathan Sexton

Player to watch: Dan Lydiate

Odds: 16/1

POOL 5

ULSTER

Head coach: Mark Anscombe

Captain: Johann Muller

Heineken best: Winners in 1999

Key signing: N/A

Player to watch: Luke Marshall

Odds: 14/1

LEICESTER TIGERS

Director of rugby: Richard Cockerill

Captain: Toby Flood

Heineken best: Winners in 2001 and 2002

Key signing: Gonzalo Camacho

Player to watch: Tom Youngs

Odds: 11/1

MONTPELLIER

Head coach: Fabien Galthie

Captain: Fulgence Ouedraogo

Heineken best: Quarter-finalists in 2013

Key signing: Nicolas Mas

Player to watch: Johnnie Beattie

Odds: 33/1

TREVISO

Head coach: Franco Smith

Captain: Antonio Pavanello

Heineken best: Pool stages

Key signing: Matt Berquist

Player to watch: Leonardo Ghiraldini.

Odds: 250/1

POOL 6

MUNSTER

Director of rugby: Rob Penney

Captain: Peter O'Mahony

Heineken best: Winners in 2006 and 2008

Key signing: Gerhard van den Heever

Player to watch: Simon Zebo

Odds: 25/1

PERPIGNAN

Director of rugby: Marc Delpoux

Captain: Bertrand Guiry

Heineken best: Finalists in 2003

Key signing: Camille Lopez

Player to watch: James Hook

Odds: 33/1

EDINBURGH

Head coach: Alan Solomons

Captain: Greig Laidlaw

Heineken best: Semi-finalists in 2012

Key signing: Aleki Lutui

Player to watch: Ross Rennie

Odds: 250/1

GLOUCESTER

Director of rugby: Nigel Davies

Captain: Tom Savage

Heineken best: Semi-finalists in 2001

Key signing: Matt Kvesic

Player to watch: Billy Twelvetrees

Odds: 100/1

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