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.
Sale Sharks are looking to take the next step and break into Aviva Premiership Rugby's top six but the club's head of community operations Jonny Acheson is adamant their grassroots work is already among the best in the country.
In the run up to the Aviva Premiership Fixture announcement on Friday, we thought we'd look back at the all the previous encounters of the sides in the Premiership since 2000! Do you remember any of these encounters? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook.