British & Irish Cup: Revamped Welsh teams' rivals revealed

Cross Keys at Cornish Pirates
Cross Keys were one of four Welsh Premiership clubs who played in the British and Irish Cup last season

Wales' new regional select teams have discovered their 2015-16 British and Irish Cup pool stage opponents.

Ospreys, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and Scarlets' Select sides will face the 12 English Championship clubs and the 'A' sides from the four Irish Pro12 provinces in the annual tournament.

Welsh club sides were criticised last season for bringing in Pro12 players.

Worcester won the title in April before being promoted to the Premiership.

British and Irish Cup 2015-16
Pool 1Pool 2Pool 3Pool 4Pool 5
Ealing TrailfindersBedford BluesOspreysNottinghamNewport Gwent Dragons
MoseleyScarletsYorkshire CarnegieCardiff BluesConnacht Eagles
Leinster 'A'BristolMunster 'A'London WelshDoncaster Knights
Rotherham TitansUlster RavensLondon ScottishCornish PiratesJersey

There will be five pools of four teams, with the winners of each group and the three best runners-up progressing to the knockout stages.

The first round of matches take place between 13 and 15 November, while the final is due to be held on the weekend of 9 April 2016.

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