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The Ultimate LV= Cup Guide

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Premiership Rugby today launches your 'Definitive Guide to The LV= Cup'.

The competition kicks off this weekend with the 12 Premiership Rugby teams and the four Welsh Regions battling it out to claim the first silverware of the season.
Following a sell-out LV= Cup Final at Sandy Park last season  – a game which saw Exeter Chiefs lift the trophy for the first time – the competition climax will head to Franklin’s Gardens on March 22 and this Guide gives you the lowdown on a crucial club competition for England and Wales.
Click here for a digital guide with all you need to know about the competition which gives future rugby stars the opportunity to stake their claim for match action. George Ford, Jonny May and Jack Nowell have all made their way from starring in the LV= Cup to international honours in the last three years.
The guide includes previews of each pool, all the fixtures, how aspiring journalists can enter the LV= Young Reporter competition to win great prizes including the chance to interview LV= Ambassador and former England captain Lewis Moody at the LV= Cup Final, and the LV= Breakthrough Player Award.
Many of the top players in the league started by playing in the LV= Cup and each player will get the chance to pick up the LV= Breakthrough Player Award.  Find out which players have featured in the shortlist in the past and predict who will shine this season.
“The LV= Cup is a key part of many players’ development and you only have to look at the three previous winners of the LV= Breakthrough Player Award – Jonny May, Jack Nowell and Ollie Devoto – to see the quality on show,” said Lewis Moody, LV= Ambassador.
After each round, the analysts at Opta look at the performances of every under-23 player, along with two players who have outstanding overall competition statistics forming the 10-man shortlist who will face the public vote. Fans will get to vote on their 2014/15 LV= Breakthrough Player from this shortlist following Round 4.