London Scottish have been drawn into an exciting looking British and Irish Cup pool with an Exiles clash and a trip north of the border to look forward to.
Scottish have been drawn into Pool 2 for this season's competition, where they will face London Welsh, Edinburgh Academicals and a yet to be decided qualifier from Wales.
The fixtures against the Academicals marks the continuation of Scottish’s annual B&I Cup fixtures against opposition from Scotland, following games against Melrose and Gala in previous years. The Accies qualified for the tournament as a result of their 4th place finish in last season’s RBS Premiership.
The campaign begins in October with an Exiles clash as the Kassam Stadium as Scottish travel to Oxford to take on London Welsh, before they host the Academicals at the Athletic Ground the following weekend.
A double header against the qualifier from Wales then follows on successive weekends in December before Scottish make the trip up to Scotland to face the Academicals in early January. The pool concludes with a fixture against London Welsh at the Athletic Ground on the weekend of the 18th January 2014.
Commenting on the 2013-14 British & Irish Cup, RFU Professional Rugby Director Rob Andrew said:
“The British & Irish Cup offers up some really traditional clashes between old rivals, and this season promises to be no different. With the revision to the structure and a reduction in clubs, the Organising Committee is confident that this will be one of the most competitive seasons yet in the competition.”
As revealed in April, the British & Irish Cup has been revised for the 2013-14 season, moving from 32 teams to 24, playing in six pools of four. Four Principality Premiership teams will now represent Wales in the competition, joining the 12 clubs of the Green King IPA Championship as well as four from each of Ireland and Scotland. Selection of the Welsh teams will be based on regional play-offs at the start of next season, with final positions in this season’s Principality Premiership giving teams Home field advantage.
2013/14 British and Irish Cup Fixtures
11/12/13 Oct: London Welsh v London Scottish
18/19/20 Oct: London Scottish v Edinburgh Accies
6/7/8 Dec: Wales 2 v London Scottish
13/14/15 Dec: London Scottish v Wales 2
10/11/12 Jan: Edinburgh Accies v London Scottish
17/18/19 Jan: London Scottish v London Welsh
All fixture dates and kick off times will be finalised and communicated in the coming weeks.
All pool stage winners plus the two best runners up will qualify for the quarter final stages of the tournament.