- Welsh Regions play their first games in the 2014/15 competition this weekend
- Exeter Chiefs are running a special ticket offer for their game against Bath. For more information visit our Exeter Chiefs v Bath Rugby ticket offer
- Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks will be shown on live on Sky Sports
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Pool 1/4 Fixtures
Ospreys v Saracens, Friday 7 November, KO 7.35pm
Ospreys play their first competitive fixture at The Gnoll for over nine years when they take on Saracens on Friday. Ospreys are on a four-game winning run at The Gnoll, where they last played on 26 March 2005. Saracens have won three of the four previous competitive fixtures between the sides, all in the Heineken Cup. They now lie second in Pool 1 after Sunday’s 25-20 win against Quins.
Harlequins v Newport Gwent Dragons, Friday 7 November, KO 7.45pm
Former winners Harlequins and Dragons meet for the first time in a competitive fixture at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday. Having beaten Stade Francais in Paris in the European Challenge Cup, the Dragons will be looking to kick-off their LV= Cup campaign by taking another big scalp. Harlequins don’t have a particularly good record against the Welsh regions in the LV= Cup, winning just twice in eight attempts.
Exeter Chiefs v Bath Rugby, Saturday 8 November, KO 4.30pm
Defending champions Exeter beat Bath for the first time in 11 games en route to winning the LV= Cup last season. Two tries from Luke Arscott, now a Bath player, saw the Chiefs come from behind to win a thrilling semi-final at The Rec, 22-19. It was the first time they had beaten Bath since 1978. Both sides began this season’s competition with wins, Bath claiming all five points in a 47-7 victory against London Welsh while Exeter snatched a 28-27 win against Gloucester thanks to a late penalty try.
London Welsh v Gloucester Rugby, Sunday 9 November, KO 2.30pm
Last weekend’s loss to Bath combined with four defeats in their first year in the 2012/13 LV= Cup means London Welsh are still without a win in the competition. Gloucester won 46-10 when they last visited the Kassam Stadium in Round 4 of the Aviva Premiership.
Pool 2/3 Fixtures
Scarlets v Northampton Saints, Friday 7 November, KO 7.30pm
Scarlets and Saints haven’t played each other in a competitive fixture since the 2004/05 season, when Saints won home and away in the pool stages of the Heineken Cup. Saints began their bid to win a second LV= Cup trophy with a bonus-point win against Newcastle Falcons, which puts them on top of Pool 2 after the opening round of fixtures.
Newcastle Falcons v Cardiff Blues, Friday 7 November, KO 8pm
Newcastle put up a good fight against Northampton but the 37-23 defeat at Franklin’s Gardens makes a win against struggling Cardiff Blues on Friday night all the more important. The sides have faced each other twice before at Kingston Park, with one win apiece, the Falcons winning 33-3 in the LV= Cup in October 2011 and the Blues 55-20 in a European Challenge Cup quarter-final tie two years earlier.
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks, Sunday 9 November, KO 3.15pm
Both sides kicked off their LV= Cup campaigns on a winning note, with the Tigers edging out London Irish 17-16 and Sale coming out on top in an equally tight encounter, 32-29 against Wasps. As the only side in their pool to win last weekend Leicester sit proudly on top of Pool 3, while Sale are only kept off the summit on points difference by Northampton. Leicester have won the last nine fixtures between the sides, Sale’s last win was over five years ago when they beat the Tigers 15-12 at Edgeley Park on 4 September 2009.
Wasps v London Irish, Sunday 9 November, KO 2pm
The home side has won on each of the four occasions these sides have met since the Anglo-Welsh Cup was first introduced in 2005. Wasps’ only victory in last season’s competition came against Irish, when they recorded a 22-15 home win. Irish will also looking to improve on their return of just one win in 2013/14.