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The first- ever finalists in the British & Irish Cup go head to head in the next round of the competition, which sees the belated introduction of the six Welsh,

three Scottish and three Irish sides. Having enjoyed two rounds of all- English affairs, cross- border rivalry is now added to the mix and Munster A will not

need any motivation ahead of the visit of Cornish Pirates, who claimed the first title at their expense in 2010. The Pirates have started this seasons

competition in fine fettle, claiming bonus- point wins in both their opening fixtures to sit proudly on top of Pool 1.

The only other game on Friday night sees a quick return to his native Northern Ireland for Doncasters summer signing David McIlwaine. The full- back, who

appeared in the Heineken Cup for the Irish province last season, has been in sensational form for the Knights in the Championship.

All seven of Saturdays ties are cross- border affairs with Cross Keys entertaining Moseley at Pandy Park, and fellow B&I Cup new boys, London Scottish,

taking a trip in the other direction to tackle Llanelli. Aberavon, who sit proudly on top of the Welsh Premiership, are at London Welsh, Plymouth take on Ayr at

Brickfields and there is a first- ever meeting between Swansea and Rotherham at St Helens.

On Sunday, holders Bristol welcome Neath to the Memorial Stadium, Leeds are at home to Currie and Nottingham, who boast two wins from two to top Pool

6, take on 2011 semi- finalists Pontypridd.

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