This is the fourth successive LV= Cup final with no Welsh involvement. Harlequins are bidding to become just the second reigning Premiership champions to carry off the Anglo-Welsh Cup following London Wasps in 2006. Quins are also aiming to become only the second side to win the title with a played six, won six record since Northampton in 2010. Harlequins have won their last five appearances at finals since their 27-30 defeat to Newcastle in the final of the 2001 Tetley's Bitter Cup at Twickenham. The Londoners' solitary defeat in their seven previous visits to Sixways was 7-33 to Worcester in the Premiership on 2 October 2004. Sale Sharks' only defeat in the LV= Cup this season came in round one, 28-34, to London Irish at Madejski Stadium. The Sharks have not played in a final since they won the Premiership title at Twickenham in 2006, and have not lost a major final since Newcastle beat them 37-33 in the Powergen Cup final of 2004. Sale have lost on their last three visits to Sixways since beating the Warriors there, 37-20, in the Premiership on 31 January 2009. Harlequins have won the last six meetings between the two clubs in all competitions since the Sharks won 21-17 at Edgeley Park in the Premiership on 17 September 2010. This will be their third fixture this season following a 37-14 Quins win at the Twickenham Stoop on 15 September and a 30-21 win at Salford City Stadium on 22 February. The sides have met five times before in a knockout cup situation, with Sale victorious only once - the 1997 Pilkington Cup semi-final at Heywood Road. They have clashed twice before in the pool phase of this competition with Sale winning 28-27 at the Stoop in October 2006 and Harlequins victorious 37-25 at Edgeley Park five years later.
Two British & Irish Lions are retiring at the end of the season, and they will be facing each other as Ugo Monye of Harlequins will be taking on Mark Cueto of Sale Sharks at The AJ Bell Stadium next Saturday (25th) at 2pm.
Don't miss Danny Cipriani's attempt to outfox England captain Chris Robshaw at our game against Quins next Saturday. Robshaw has battled to keep the world's top fly-half's quiet in England colours and will attempt to stifle Danny's exciting talent when they face up against each other at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Our last home game of the season is on Saturday 9th May when we take on Newcastle Falcons at The AJ Bell Stadium, kick off at 2pm. Join us to watch Mark Cueto play for the last time at home, infront of his much loved fans.