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:
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.