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Preview: Anglo-Welsh Cup Final at Kingsholm

The Anglo-Welsh Cup Final takes place on Sunday at Kingsholm for the first time.

The stadium home to Gloucester Rugby has not held the final of the competition before but will become the sixth different venue to do so.

The contest will be fought between Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs, the reigning Aviva Premiership champions. Last season, Leicester Tigers were the team that took the first piece of domestic silverware of the season on offer.

“It’s great for Gloucester Rugby that Kingsholm is hosting this season’s Anglo-Welsh Cup Final,” said Charlie Sharples, who can still remember the last of Gloucester’s five previous final victories in the competition. That last win in 2011 saw Sharples go over for one of Gloucester’s four tries.
“I still have happy memories of our Anglo-Welsh Cup success back in 2011 and scoring a try in the final was great,” he said.
Gloucester Rugby CEO Stephen Vaughan added: “We’re delighted to be hosting this season’s Anglo-Welsh Cup Final at Kingsholm and it should be a memorable occasion for all involved.

“There are very few better places to watch rugby than Kingsholm and Gloucester is a rugby-mad place so I hope to see a packed-out stadium on March 18.”

Bath Rugby are going into the final as the only undefeated team after London Irish, Leicester Tigers, Ospreys and Newcastle Falcons fell foul of the Somerset side in the group stages. Northampton Saints were brushed aside in their semi-final battle.
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Exeter Chiefs however have endured a more uncertain path to the cup final. A loss to Worcester in Round three put a dampener on their challenge. However, nilling the Scarlets and scoring 40 points in the process was a performance that cemented their dominance.
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The two sides will take to the field for a 15:00pm kick-off on Sunday.

By Daniel Wiggins

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