Anglo-Welsh Cup will continue but with changes

The Anglo-Welsh Cup known as the EDF Energy Cup will continue next season but under a different name and possibly with some different teams.

EDF Energy’s sponsorship has come to an end but the competition will continue says Terry Burwell, the operations director of the Rugby Football Union.

“We have now reached an agreement with premiership clubs that there will be an Anglo-Welsh Cup,” Burwell told the BBC.

“We are currently looking at the structure. There will be 12 Guinness (clubs) and four Welsh Regions.”

The competition is likely to take place on international weekends during the autumn and the Six Nations Championship.

“We will have an Anglo-Welsh Cup competition. It will be different from the one we have had,” added Burwell.

“It will have a different emphasis but it will have the same heart and soul.”

The last two Anglo-Welsh Cup have been won by Welsh teams who beat English teams in the final. In 2007 Leicester Tigers beat the Ospreys but then a year later the Ospreys beat the Tigers to take the title.

Last month Cardiff Blues hammered Gloucester 50-12.

Roger Lewis, the Welsh Rugby Union’s group chief executive, said: “The RFU are very very bullish and very confident they can deliver an Anglo-Welsh Cup next season.”

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