Anglo Welsh Cup

The Anglo Welsh Cup, is a competition between the 12 English Premiership teams and the 4 Pro 12 Welsh teams. They play in 4 pools of 4 teams. Each pool has 3 English teams and 1 Welsh team. The teams in Pool 1 play the teams in Pool 4 and the teams in Pool 2 play the teams in Pool 3.

The winner of each pool then progresses on to semi-finals and the winners of these on to the final.

Teams in the Anglo Welsh Cup - 2017/18

Pool 1

  • Wasps
  • Gloucester
  • Cardiff Blues
  • Bath

Pool 2

  • Exeter Chiefs
  • Dragons
  • Sale Sharks
  • Harlequins

Pool 3

  • Saracens
  • Northampton Saints
  • Scarlets
  • Worcester Warriors

Pool 4

  • London Irish
  • Leicester Tigers
  • Newcastle Falcons
  • Ospreys



2017/18 Anglo Welsh Cup Results

Click on the link above for the Anglo Welsh Cup results and competition tables

History of the Anglo Welsh Cup

The Anglo Welsh Cup started in 2005/06. Prior to this, from 1971 to 2005, the competition was the English clubs knockout competition. It has had a number of different names over the years including: John Player Cup, Pilkington Cup, Tetley's Bitter Cup, PowerGen Cup and the EDF Energy Cup.

In 2005 a new format was introduced. The competition would involve only the 12 Premiership teams from England and the 4 professional Welsh teams. Instead of a knockout format, 4 pools of 4 teams was established. Teams in each pool played each other once and then the top teams from each pool moved on to semi-finals and then the winners on to the final.

In 2006/07 the competition had a new sponsor and was called the EDF Energy Cup, but the same format was used.

In 2009/10, with a new sponsor, the competition was called the LV Cup. A new format saw teams in Pool 1 play the teams in Pool 4, and the teams in Pool 2 play the teams in Pool 3. This allowed each team to have 2 home and 2 away games. The top teams from each pool then progressed to the semi-finals and the winners on to the final.

This format has remained in place for each season until 2014/15. 

In 2015, due to the RWC being held in England and the ensuing congestion to the rugby calendar, the Anglo-Welsh Cup was not be played for in the 2015/16 season.

In 2016 the competition restarted in the previous format. The name reverted back to the Anglo Welsh Cup with the end of the LV= sponsorship. This continued in 2017.