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LV= Cup defence starts against Saracens

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Leicester Tigers kick off their defence of the LV= Cup against Saracens in the opening round of the 2012/13 competition.

Tigers lifted the domestic cup for a seventh time following victory over Northampton Saints at Sixways Stadium. Steve Mafi and Scott Hamilton scored the tries in a 26-14 win, with George Ford kicking the rest of the points.

Tigers are in Pool 2 and face an away trip to Saracens in Round One of the LV= Cup, which will be held on the weekend of November 9-11, before welcoming London Irish to Welford Road in Round Two (November 16-18).

London Wasps visit Welford Road in Round 3 (January 25-27) before Tigers finish their group stage games with a trip to face RaboDirect Pro12 side Scarlets (Feb 1-3). The semi-finals will be held on the weekend of March 8-10 with the final on March 17 at a venue to be confirmed.

Title sponsors LV= continue their support of the competition which last year saw 10,000 supporters turn out for the final at Sixways, as well as the introduction of the LV= Breakthrough Player award, presented to Jonny May. 

Claire Jeromson, LV= head of sponsorship, 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.”

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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)

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.