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Franklin's Gardens to stage LV= Cup final

02 March 2011

  • Franklin's Gardens to stage LV= Cup final on Sunday, March 20 (kick-off 3.30pm)
  • Semi-finals to take place on Friday, March 11 and Sunday, March 13
Franklin's Gardens will host the 2011 LV= Cup final on March 20 

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Current holders Northampton Saints will provide the final venue for the 2011 LV= Cup, which will see Gloucester Rugby or Newport Gwent-Dragons and Harlequins or Newcastle Falcons battle it out for the title, and with it a place in the European Heineken Cup.

Northampton Saints' Chairman Keith Barwell said: "We were delighted to have been approached by the Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby to stage the LV= Cup final at Franklin’'s Gardens.

"Having won the competition last year, Northampton Saints are honoured to be hosting the final, and no doubt whoever lifts the cup will find the success as beneficial as we have done.

"I am sure it will be an exciting occasion with supporters from both sides and indeed from the local area coming out to watch cup final rugby."

Events planned for final-day

The Rugby Football Union’s Competitions Manager Chris Burns added: "We considered a variety of venues for the LV= Cup final and concluded that Franklin's Gardens offered the ideal location and ground capacity.

"The stadium itself is one of the best in the Aviva Premiership and presents a large range of facilities to make for an enjoyable match day experience. There will be numerous events going on in the build up to the game, including a supporters' village."

The finalists of the LV= Cup will be confirmed following Harlequins vs Newcastle Falcons (Friday, March 11) and Gloucester Rugby vs Newport Gwent-Dragons (Sunday, March 13).

Tickets for the LV= Cup semi-finals can be purchased via Quins.co.uk or GloucesterRugby.co.uk . Tickets for the final will be available to purchase directly from the finalists following the semi-finals.