Newcastle Falcons host London Irish in the opening round of the LV= Cup

2013-14 Lv= Cup Fixtures Announced

Wednesday 17 July 2013

Newcastle Falcons will kick-off their LV= Cup campaign at home to London Irish as the North East club go toe to toe with the cream of English and Welsh rugby.

After hosting Irish, the Falcons travel to Gloucester and Saracens respectively before hosting Newport Gwent Dragons in Round 4 of the competition.

Following the fixture announcement, RFU professional rugby director Rob Andrew said: “We have seen the LV= Cup develop as a crucial competition for up and coming new talent over the past few seasons as evident through players such as Jack Nowell, who was crucial in England Under-20s Junior World Championship triumph.

“I’m sure the competition will again identify some promising young talent this season, and one that we will undoubtedly see on the international stage in the years to come.”

LV= head of sponsorship Claire Jeromson added: “Over the course of the last four seasons, we have seen the LV= CUP grow into an incredibly exciting competition and it has been a privilege to be part of that, as title sponsors. In a busy rugby calendar the chance to see some of the most promising young players given their opportunity to break through into the first team for their squads is incredibly important. The likes of Jack Nowell and Jonny May before him have proven the value of the tournament in unearthing the next generation of international stars.

“As domestic rugby continues to grow and become more competitive, we are looking forward to seeing what this season’s LV= Cup holds in store.”

2013-14 LV= Cup

Pool 1 Saracens Gloucester Rugby London Irish Newport Gwent Dragons

Pool 2 Leicester Tigers Exeter Chiefs Sale Sharks Cardiff Blues

Pool 3 Harlequins Bath Rugby Worcester Warriors Ospreys

Pool 4 Northampton Saints London Wasps Newcastle Falcons Scarlets


Round 1 – 8/9/10 November London Wasps v Saracens Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby Newcastle Falcons v London Irish Scarlets v Newport Gwent Dragons Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins Leicester Tigers v Ospreys (Friday November 8, KO 19:45, Live on Sky Sports) Sale Sharks v Bath Rugby Cardiff Blues v Worcester Warriors

Round 2 – 15/16/17 November London Irish v Northampton Saints Newport Gwent Dragons v London Wasps Saracens v Scarlets Gloucester Rugby v Newcastle Falcons Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs (Sunday November 17, KO 15:00 Sky Sports) Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers Harlequins v Sale Sharks Ospreys v Cardiff

Round 3 – 24/25/26 January Scarlets v Gloucester Rugby London Wasps v London Irish Saracens v Newcastle Falcons Newport Gwent Dragons v Northampton Saints Bath Rugby v Cardiff Blues Exeter Chiefs v Ospreys Harlequins v Leicester Tigers Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors

Round 4 – 31/1/2 January/February Gloucester Rugby v London Wasps London Irish v Scarlets Newcastle Falcons v Newport Gwent Dragons Northampton Saints v Saracens Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs Cardiff Blues v Harlequins Ospreys v Sale Sharks

Semi Finals – 7/8/9 March

The pool winner with the best playing record will be at home against the pool winner with the fourth best playing record in Semi Final 1.

The Pool Winner with the second best playing record will be at home against the pool winner with the third best playing record in Semi Final 2.

LV= Cup Final - 16 March Final venue yet to be confirmed.

Competition format:

The LV= Cup is a 16-team competition involving the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs and 4 Welsh regions.

Played in four pools of four with three English clubs and one Welsh region in each pool

English clubs have been allocated to the pools depending on their finish in last season's Aviva Premiership Rugby competition.

Welsh regions have been allocated to the pools to avoid repeating fixtures from the Heineken and Amlin Challenge cups where possible.

Teams in Pool 1 play teams in Pool 4 and teams in Pool 2 play teams in Pool 3.

Each team plays four pool matches - two home and two away - with the top team from each pool qualifying for the semi-finals.

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