Battle lines drawn for Anglo-Welsh Cup
July 17, 2013
Harlequins lift the LV= Anglo-Welsh Cup silverware last season © Getty Images
Harlequins will begin their defence of the LV= Anglo-Welsh Cup crown against Premiership rivals Exeter Chiefs when the competition returns in November.
Quins, who secured last season's title with a 32-14 victory over Sale back in March, then face back-to-back home games against last year's beaten finalists Sale Sharks and 2012 champions Leicester Tigers.
Last season's losing semi-finalists Saracens and Bath will begin against London Wasps and Sale respectively. Elsewhere on the opening weekend, Scarlets will go head-to-head with fellow Welsh region Newport Gwent Dragons, with both teams finishing third in their respective pools last season.
The format will see the 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.
2013-14 LV= Anglo-Welsh Cup:
Round 1 - November 8/9/10
Round 2 - November 15/16/17
Round 3 - January 24/25/26
Round 4 - January 31/February 1-2
Semi-finals - March 7/8/9
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= Anglo=Welsh Cup Final - March 16
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