New Cup Format To Replace Anglo-Welsh Competition

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14 May 2018

The Anglo-Welsh Cup will be replaced by a new competition next season involving all 12 Premiership clubs.

The Premiership Rugby Cup will carry prize-money of more than £500,000 and see teams competing in three pools of four.

The first two pool rounds will start in October, and the last two in late January.

Three pool winners and best runner-up will progress to the semis, while group stages will include a 'Derby day' round.

"We are sad that our friends in the Welsh regions will not be involved next season, but we have been discussing for some time that they need to move to a new structure, prioritising an under-23 format," Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty said.

"The cup has been a highly-successful competition in recent years in helping develop the best new Premiership and England players, in front of big crowds and television audiences.

"The focus on new playing and coaching talent will continue in the new cup format with young players and coaches experiencing the challenge of bigger crowds and TV exposure."

The Dragons, Ospreys, Scarlets and Cardiff Blues have ended their 13-year involvement in the tournament with the quartet now focusing on a new under-23 competition.

The tournament was won by the Ospreys in 2008 and Cardiff Blues the following year.

A spokesperson for Pro Rugby Wales said: "The review of development structures and processes we have undertaken together with the Welsh Rugby Union over the last 12 months has clearly illustrated the need for us

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