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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 August 2006, 10:32 GMT 11:32 UK
Anglo-Welsh Cup gets new sponsor
Wasps celebrate victory in last season's Powergen Anglo-Welsh Cup
Wasps will be defending the trophy
EDF Energy, one of the UK's largest distributors of electricty and gas, have replaced Powergen as title sponsors of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Under the terms of the three-year deal, the cross-border competition will now be called the EDF Energy Cup.

The tournament is contested by the 12 English Premiership clubs and the four Welsh regions.

Wasps were the inaugural winners last season, with the competition starting again on 29 September.

There are four groups each featuring one Welsh region and three English clubs.

The BBC is televising at least three matches from the group stages live on network, plus both semis and the final, with further group matches being shown live on BBC Wales and S4C.

The winner of each group qualifies for the semi-finals on 24 March 2007, with the final at Twickenham on 15 April.

EDF will also be the title sponsor for the Rugby Football Union's National Trophy, Intermediate Cup, Junior Vase and the new Senior Vase.

Paul Vaughan, RFU business operations director, said: "We are delighted to have secured such a major commercial name as EDF Energy to be the sponsor for five competitions covering Premier to grassroots rugby."


Group A: Bath, Ospreys, Gloucester, Bristol
Group B: London Irish, London Wasps, Cardiff Blues, Saracens
Group C: Harlequins, Newcastle Falcons, Llanelli Scarlets, Sale Sharks
Group D: Newport-Gwent Dragons, Leicester Tigers, Worcester Warriors, Northampton Saints


Fixtures:

Round One: 29 September-1 October
Group A
Fri 29 Sep: Ospreys v Gloucester, 1910, BBC Wales
Sun 1 Oct: Bristol v Bath, 1500
Group B
Sat 30 Sep: Cardiff Blues v Wasps, 1430, BBC Network
Sat 30 Sep: London Irish v Saracens, 1500
Group C
Fri 29 Sep: Sale Sharks v Newcastle 1945
Sun 1 Oct: Llanelli Scarlets v Harlequins, 1610, BBC Wales
Group D
Sat 30 Sep: Leicester v Newport Gwent Dragons, 1730, S4C
Sat 30 Sep: Northampton v Worcester, 1330

Round Two: 6-8 October
Group A
Sat 7 Oct: Bath v Ospreys, 1430, BBC Network
Sat 7 Oct: Gloucester v Bristol, 1500
Group B
Sun 8 Oct: Wasps v London Irish, 1500
Sun 8 Oct: Saracens v Cardiff Blues, 1610, S4C
Group C
Fri 6 Oct: Newcastle v Llanelli Scarlets, 1940, BBC Wales
Sat 7 Oct: Harlequins v Sale Sharks, 1500
Group D
Sat 7 Oct: Worcester v Leicester, 1500
Sat 7 Oct: Newport Gwent Dragons v Northampton, 1730

Round Three: 1-3 December (Televised games TBC)
Group A
Fri 1 Dec: Ospreys v Bristol, 1930
Sat 2 Dec: Gloucester v Bath, 1500
Group B
Fri 1 Dec: Cardiff Blues v London Irish, 1915
Sun 3 Dec: Saracens v Wasps, 1500
Group C
Fri 1 Dec: Sale Sharks v Llanelli Scarlets, 1945
Fri 1 Dec: Newcastle v Harlequins, 2000
Group D
Sat 2 Dec: Worcester v Newport Gwent Dragons, 1500
Sat 2 Dec: Northampton v Leicester, 1500

Semi-finals: Saturday 24 March 2007 (venue to be confirmed)
Kick-offs 1430 & 1715, BBC Network

Final: Sunday 15 April 2007 (Twickenham), 1430, BBC Network



SEE ALSO
EDF Energy Anglo-Welsh Cup 2006/7
24 Jul 06 |  Rugby Union
Wasps start Anglo-Welsh at Blues
24 Jul 06 |  Rugby Union
Scarlets 10-26 Wasps
09 Apr 06 |  Rugby Union
Anglo-Welsh Cup archive
24 Jul 06 |  Welsh


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