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Excitement grows as draw made for new cup

RUSSELL Earnshaw will be licking his lips after the British & Irish Cup draw was made this week.

RUSSELL Earnshaw will be licking his lips after the British & Irish Cup draw was made this week.

The Birmingham & Solihull Bees boss will go head to head against former teams Doncaster Knights and Rotherham Titans as well as travelling further afield to take on Welsh Principality sides Cardiff and Pontypridd, and Scottish side Ayr.

Another man fully aware of the South Yorkshire duo is assistant coach Eugene Martin who also spent spells at both clubs before moving to Sharmans Cross Road.

Fixtures will be played over five weekends during the Investec Challenge Series and RBS 6 Nations windows with semi finals and finals on April 24 and May 15 respectively.

Terry Burwell, the Rugby Football Union’s Tournaments and Competitions Director, said: “Since announcing the British & Irish Cup on May 6 there has been growing interest in and anticipation of this tournament.

“We believe that the fixtures these pools throw up will provide a level of cup competition that will excite players, coaches and supporters.

“When you consider ties such as Cornish Pirates against Newport, Ulster against London Welsh, Bristol versus Heriot’s and Birmingham & Solihull taking on Cardiff - all fixtures made possible by the British & Irish Cup - then you have the competitive inter-nation rugby that has proved so successful in the Heineken Cup.”

 

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