So the seeding system has been put in place and yet again we are left with some ridiculously challenging groups. From a Sale point of view I'm absolutely gutted that before the competiion has even started our chances are looking slim.
Saying this, apart from Pool 1, the groups actually seem quite even. The idea of the seeding system is a very good one, but due to clubs that have only recently gained success, like Clermont and Ospreys, there were always going to be some tough groups. However, on the whole the groups look quite fair and this years HC is shaping up to provide us with another dramatic year of European rugby.
What do you guys think? Do you rate your team's chances? Which will be the most exciting group? Has the seeding system worked? Who will progress?
Heineken Cup 2008/09 draw:
Clermont Auvergne (Fra)
Stade Francais (Fra)
Newport Gwent Dragons (Wal)
All comments welcome.