Ieuan Evans and Raphael Ibanez - both former Heineken Cup winners and captains of their national teams - have been appointed Heineken Cup Ambassadors for the 2010/11 tournament.
ERC, the tournament organisers, have also announced that the showpiece 16thfinal will kick-off at 5.00 pm (local time) at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Saturday, 21 May, 2011.
Wing Evans was a Heineken Cup final winner with Bath in 1998 and hooker Ibanez was a try scorer when London Wasps triumphed in 2007.
"It really is a great privilege for me to be a Heineken Cup Ambassador because the tournament means so much to me and gives me the chance to share my passion for the tournament and the game with everyone involved with the Heineken Cup," said Ibanez.
"It was fantastic playing Heineken Cup games and if I have to remember one single game that is very easy - it comes to my mind so naturally.
"Wasps winning the Heineken Cup against Leicester at Twickenham in 2007 was the match and it was also a case of proving that rising ambition can make all the difference. On the day we had the desire and ambition that sometimes earns you the reward."
RAPHAEL IBANEZ DoB: 17.02.73, Dax. Position: Hooker
FRENCH RECORD - 1996 / 2007
Debut: v Wales, Cardiff, 16 March, 1996
Caps: 98 (41 as captain and eight tries)
Honours: 5 Nations winner 1998 (Grand Slam), 6 Nations winner 2002 (Grand Slam), 2006 and 2007. World Cup finalist 1999 and world's most capped hooker
CLUBS - Dax, Perpignan, Castres Olympique, Saracens and London Wasps
EUROPEAN RECORD - Heineken Cup: 39 appearances, 7 tries; Amlin Challenge Cup: 17 appearances, 3 tries; European Shield: 3 appearances
IEUAN EVANS DoB: 21.03.64, Pontarddulais. Position: Wing
WELSH RECORD - 1987 / 1998
Debut: v France, Paris, 7 February, 1987
Caps: 72 (28 as captain and a then Welsh record 33 tries)
Honours: 5 Nations winner 1994 (captain) and triple British & Irish Lions tourist in 1989, 1993 and 1997. Scored series clinching third Test try v Australia in 1989. Awarded MBE in 1996 for services to rugby
CLUBS - Llanelli and Bath Rugby
EUROPEAN RECORD - Heineken Cup: 6 appearances, 2 tries
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.