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PREMIERSHIP RUGBY can confirm that Bath Rugby’s home match with Leicester Tigers will kick off this season’s Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Back after a one-year absence due to the Rugby World Cup, the Anglo-Welsh Cup makes a welcome return to the English rugby calendar with the clash at The Rec on Friday 4 November.

Holders Saracens begin their defence at Kingsholm before entertaining Newcastle Falcons.

This season the competition will be shown live on BT Sport for the first time, the channel committing to double the amount of live TV coverage.

On the first weekend BT Sport, cameras will be at The Rec for the big kick-off before moving to the Twickenham Stoop the next day to show Exeter Chiefs’ trip to the capital to take on Harlequins.

The four Welsh Regions will join their 12 Premiership Rugby counterparts in the competition again this season and their first set of matches comes in the second week of the competition, due to a clash with the Guinness Pro 12.

“Everyone at Premiership Rugby is delighted to see the return of the Anglo-Welsh competition and the clubs can't wait to get started,” said Phil Winstanley, Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby.

“The competition has played a huge role in the development of young talent in both England and Wales.

“You only need to look at the last three Anglo-Welsh Breakthrough Players (Jonny May, Jack Nowell and Ollie Devoto) to see that there is a direct link between this competition and Test honours.

“England's recent success in the Under-20s World Cup shows there is a depth of talent in English rugby like never before and I can't wait to see the current crop get their chance in first team rugby via the Anglo-Welsh Cup.”
 
Round One
4 November  Bath Rugby v Leicester Tigers (BT Sport)
4 November  Worcester Warriors v Bristol Rugby
4 November  Sale Sharks v Wasps
5 November  Gloucester Rugby v Saracens
5 November  Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs (BT Sport)
6 November  Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints

Round Two
11 November Bristol Rugby v Sale Sharks (BT Sport)
12 November Leicester Tigers v Newport Gwent Dragons
12 November Saracens v Newcastle Falcons
13 November Wasps v Worcester Warriors
13 November Exeter Chiefs v Cardiff Blues (BT Sport)
11-13 November  Ospreys v Harlequins
11-13 November  Scarlets v Bath Rugby
 

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BATH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Maro Itoje of  Saracens is tackled by Max Lahiff of Bath during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on December 3, 2016 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)