LV= Cup 2012/13 opponents confirmed

The Ospreys will kick-off their LV= Cup campaign this season by welcoming former Scarlets Head Coach Nigel Davies and his Gloucester team to Ospreylia on Friday 9th November, before facing Exeter Chiefs, Newport Gwent Dragons and reigning Aviva Premiership champions Harlequins.

The Anglo Welsh competition always throws up some intriguing contests none more so than the opening fixture which pitches the Ospreys, 2008 champions, against the 2011 winners from across the bridge.

It’s a repeat of last season’s campaign when the Ospreys again travel to Sandy Park to face Exeter Chiefs the following week, and when the competition returns at the end of January, the Dragons provide the opposition for the third time in four seasons of LV= Cup competition.

Last up for the Ospreys is a home game against Harlequins, the first time that the two teams have met since the region recorded a 24-23 win over the Quins at the Liberty Stadium in October 2009.

Title sponsors LV= continue their support of the competition and commenting on the new season fixtures, LV= Head of Sponsorship, Claire Jeromson, said:

“After the success of last year’s tournament, which culminated in a thrilling final, we are looking forward to another exciting competition, as the LV= Cup goes into its fourth year.

"The young talent being showcased by the clubs is very strong, as displayed by current champions Leicester Tigers, and this season looks set to be no different with some early big name clashes setting the tone for the rest of the season.”

Admission to both home LV= Cup fixtures is covered by an Ospreys season membership, currently on sale at the Liberty Stadium Ticket Office, with prices starting at just £185 which gives you access to all home games, with up to four kids free and a buy-one, get one free offer on membership still available.

The venue for the two home LV= Cup matches is to be confirmed at a later date.

Pool 1                   



Exeter Chiefs                                                                    

Gloucester Rugby                                                          

Newport Gwent Dragons                                            


Pool 2                   

Leicester Tigers                                               

Sale Sharks                                                                       

Worcester Warriors                                                      

Cardiff Blues     


Pool 3


London Irish

London Wasps



Pool 4

Northampton Saints

Bath Rugby

London Welsh



2012-13 LV= Cup Fixtures

Round 1 –November 9-11

Northampton Saints v Harlequins

London Welsh v Exeter Chiefs (Sunday November 11, KO 1600. S4C)

Bath Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons

Ospreys v Gloucester Rugby (Friday November 9, KO 1945. Sky Sports HD)

London Irish v Sale Sharks

Cardiff Blues v London Wasps

Worcester Warriors v Scarlets

Saracens v Leicester Tigers


Round 2 –November 16-18


Harlequins v Bath Rugby

Exeter v Ospreys

Newport Gwent Dragons v Northampton Saints

Gloucester Rugby v London Welsh

Sale Sharks v Saracens

Leicester Tigers v London Irish

Scarlets v Cardiff Blues (Saturday November 17, KO 1830. S4C)

London Wasps v Worcester Warriors


Round 3 – January 25-27


Harlequins v London Welsh

Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs

Newport Gwent Dragons v Ospreys

Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby

Sale Sharks v Scarlets

Leicester Tigers v London Wasps

Saracens v Cardiff Blues

London Irish v Worcester Warriors


Round 4 –February 1-3


London Welsh v Newport Gwent Dragons

Gloucester Rugby v Bath Rugby

Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints

Ospreys v Harlequins

London Wasps v Sale Sharks

Scarlets v Leicester Tigers

Worcester Warriors v Saracens

Cardiff Blues v London Irish


Semi Finals –March 8/9/10


Final - March 17 (venue tbc)


The season schedule is starting to come together with Heineken Cup fixtures being confirmed by ERC on Thursday at noon.


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.