Leinster have earned Tier 1 status in the ERC European Ranking and will be one of the teams heading the six Pools at the draw for the composition of the Pools for the 2009/10 tournament.
Leinster's one-point quarter-final win against Harlequins on the pitch at the Twickenham Stoop earned them double that number of ranking points off the pitch and sent them soaring into the top six for the first time.
Former double winners London Wasps (19 points) are forced out of the top flight by Leinster and the 2004 and 2007 European champions will drop down to Tier 2 alongside current semi-finalists Cardiff Blues (16 points to date).
The top six (with their current number of ranking points) are:
The directors of ERC voted unanimously at a Board meeting to postpone all decisions including the release of further instalments of ERC's distributable central revenues to the six shareholder countries until 19 February next when the Board will meet again to reconsider the issue.