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East Midlands derby the highlight of Anglo-Welsh Cup pool stages

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The Saints will be making the short trip to Welford Road as part of the 2016/17 Anglo-Welsh Cup pool stages.

Supporters of both the Saints and Tigers will have to wait until January 2017 for derby day to see if a repeat of the competition’s record crowd - established in January 2015 - can be set once again.

Before then the Saints will have had a trip to Newcastle and a home clash with Gloucester under their belts in November’s two rounds, with a further home game against the Scarlets to come in February’s Round 4.

The Anglo-Welsh Cup has retained the same format as before its one-year hiatus last season, with the Saints’ results being compared with those achieved by Saracens, Bath and Newport-Gwent Dragons, who will all play the same opposition as the Saints will.

The semi-finals and final will be played in March 2017.

One significant change has been a change of TV broadcast partner, with BT Sport taking over from Sky Sports. BT Sport has confirmed its first two rounds of fixtures, with Rounds 3 and 4 still to be confirmed closer to the time.

2016/17 ANGLO-WELSH CUP FIXTURES

R1 | Newcastle Falcons v Saints | Kingston Park | Sun, Nov 6th, 2016 | KO 3:00pm

R2 | Saints v Gloucester | Franklin’s Gardens | Sat, Nov 12th, 2016 | KO 3:00pm

R3 | Leicester v Saints | Welford Road | w/end Jan 27-29, 2017 | KO TBC

R4 | Saints v Scarlets | Franklin’s Gardens | w/end Feb 3-5, 2017 | KO TBC