Bath Rugby will aim to repeat last season's winning start to their LV= Cup campaign this year when they take on Newport Gwent Dragons at the Recreation Ground.
Bath got off to a flying start in last year's tournament with a 16-46 win at Rodney Parade, and went on to take maximum points from every pool game, before narrowly missing out on reaching the final with a 16-17 defeat to Leicester Tigers in March.
Drawn in Pool 4 alongside Northampton Saints, Aviva Premiership newcomers London Welsh and Ospreys, Bath will also face Aviva Premiership Champions Harlequins at the Stoop and Exeter Chiefs at the Rec, before rounding off the pool stage with a trip to Kingsholm to face old rivals Gloucester Rugby.
Commenting on the new season fixtures, LV= Head of Sponsorship, Claire Jeromson, said "After the success of last year's tournament, which culminated in a thrilling final, we are looking forward to another exciting competition, as the LV= Cup goes into its fourth year.
"The young talent being showcased by the clubs is very strong, as displayed by current champions Leicester Tigers, and this season looks set to be no different with some early big name clashes setting the tone for the rest of the season."
Exact times and dates are yet to be confirmed
Newport Gwent Dragons
2012-13 LV= Cup Fixtures
Round 1 –November 9-11
Northampton Saints v Harlequins
London Welsh v Exeter Chiefs (Sunday November 11, KO 1600. S4C)
Bath Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons
Ospreys v Gloucester Rugby (Friday November 9, KO 1945. Sky Sports HD)
London Irish v Sale Sharks
Cardiff Blues v London Wasps
Worcester Warriors v Scarlets
Saracens v Leicester Tigers
Round 2 –November 16-18
Harlequins v Bath Rugby
Exeter v Ospreys
Newport Gwent Dragons v Northampton Saints
Gloucester Rugby v London Welsh
Sale Sharks v Saracens
Leicester Tigers v London Irish
Scarlets v Cardiff Blues (Saturday November 17, KO 1830. S4C)
London Wasps v Worcester Warriors
Round 3 – January 25-27
Harlequins v London Welsh
Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs
Newport Gwent Dragons v Ospreys
Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby
Sale Sharks v Scarlets
Leicester Tigers v London Wasps
Saracens v Cardiff Blues
London Irish v Worcester Warriors
Round 4 –February 1-3
London Welsh v Newport Gwent Dragons
Gloucester Rugby v Bath Rugby
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints
Ospreys v Harlequins
London Wasps v Sale Sharks
Scarlets v Leicester Tigers
Worcester Warriors v Saracens
Cardiff Blues v London Irish
Semi Finals –March 8/9/10
Final - March 17 (venue tbc)
Exact times and kick off dates will be confirmed in due course.
The LV= Cup is a 16-team competition involving the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs and 4 Welsh regions
- Played in four pools of four with three English clubs and one Welsh region in each pool
- English clubs have been allocated to the pools depending on their finish in last season's Aviva Premiership Rugby competition
- Welsh regions have been allocated to the pools to avoid repeating fixtures from the Heineken and Amlin Challenge cups where possible
- Teams in Pool 1 play teams in Pool 4 and teams in Pool 2 play teams in Pool 3
- Each team plays four pool matches - two home and two away - with the top team from each pool qualifying for the semi-finals.