Anglo-welsh Cup Fixtures Revealed

The Ospreys will kick-off the new-look Anglo-Welsh Cup with a home fixture against Northampton Saints on the weekend of Saturday 7th November


The newly structured competition will see the 12 Guinness Premiership clubs and four Welsh Regions play over four weekends, followed by the semi-finals and finals. Each team will be guaranteed two home and two away inter-pool fixtures, with the top teams from each pool qualifying for the knockout stages.

After opening against Northampton, the Ospreys will then face away trips to Bath and Newport Gwent Dragons before they entertain Leeds Carnegie on the final weekend of the pool stages.

The teams have been drawn in four pools of four with three Guinness Premiership clubs and one Welsh Region in each pool. 

Pool 1 - Leicester Tigers, Sale Sharks, Saracens, Ospreys 

Pool 2
- London Irish,
Gloucester, Rugby,
Newcastle, Falcons, Scarlets

Pool 3
- Harlequins,
London Wasps, Worcester Warriors,
Cardiff Blues

Pool 4
- Bath Rugby,
Northampton Saints,
Leeds Carnegie,

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

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

  • Teams have been seeded depending on their finish in last season's Guinness Premiership and Magners League and best efforts have been made to avoid fixture duplication with both leagues, as well as the Heineken Cup, in 2009-10.
  • Round 1 (weekend of November 7, 2009)

    Leeds Carnegie v Leicester Tigers

    Newport Gwent Dragons v Sale Sharks

    Saracens v Bath Rugby

    Ospreys v Northampton Saints

    Gloucester Rugby v Blues

    London Irish v London Wasps

    Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons

    Harlequins v Scarlets

    Round 2 (weekend of November 14, 2009)

    Leicester Tigers v Newport Gwent Dragons

    Sale Sharks v Leeds Carnegie

    Bath Rugby v Ospreys

    Northampton Saints v Saracens

    Cardiff Blues v London Irish

    London Wasps v Gloucester Rugby

    Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins

    Scarlets v Worcester Warriors

    Round 3 (weekend of January 30, 2010)

    Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby

    Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints

    Newport Gwent Dragons v Ospreys

    Leeds Carnegie v Saracens

    London Wasps v Scarlets

    Cardiff Blues v Newcastle Falcons

    Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors

    London Irish v Harlequins

    Round 4 (weekend of February 6, 2010)

    Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers

    Bath Rugby v Sale Sharks

    Ospreys v Leeds Carnegie

    Saracens v Newport Gwent Dragons

    Scarlets v Cardiff Blues

    Newcastle Falcons v London Wasps

    Worcester Warriors v London Irish

    Harlequins v Gloucester

    Semi Finals (weekend of March 13, 2010, venue TBC)

    Final (weekend of March 20, 2010, venue TBC)

    NOTE - If the winner of the competition is an English club, they will qualify for the following season's Heineken Cup.

    Terry Burwell, Rugby Football Union Tournaments and Competitions Director, said:  "We are delighted that together with Premier Rugby Ltd and the Welsh Rugby Union we have come up with a structure that will not only help players, coaches and officials develop but also provides more revenue potential for the Guinness Premiership clubs and the Welsh regions.

    "There is a massive appetite for Cup rugby in England and Wales. The average attendance at pool matches over the past three seasons has been 8506 and the final averaged 60,000. There is plenty to look forward to with pool matches such as Gloucester Rugby against Cardiff Blues and Leicester Tigers against Newport Gwent Dragons in the first two rounds this coming season.

    "We believe this new structure will give players, coaches and supporters an exciting tournament that embodies all that's best about cross-border knockout competition.

    "We have a committed broadcaster in Sky Sports for the next five years and, together with PRL and the WRU, are actively seeking a title sponsor."

    PRL Commercial Director Jon Varney said:  "When we were discussing the format of the new Anglo-Welsh tournament we tried to build on the success of the preceding one, but also take the opportunity to make some small changes to make the tournament even more attractive to clubs, supporters, viewers and sponsors.

    "The financial structure will reward winning teams and that, as well as the European place on offer for an English winner, will make the tournament well worth winning."