When Yorkshire Carnegie and London Welsh go head to head this Sunday in the British & Irish Cup Final, it will write another chapter in one of the longest running rivalries in the club’s history.

Games between Carnegie and London Welsh date back to the earliest years of the Leeds club in 1995 when the two sides were aiming to get into the second flight of English domestic rugby. 

Welsh have made a habit of spoiling the party at Headingley Carnegie having won the opening day of the season on three seperate occasions. However, overall Leeds hold a slight advantage over all 22 league meetings with twelve wins, including last Saturday's dramatic victory at Old Deer Park and one draw in 1997 at Old Deer Park. London Welsh have won nine wins for Welsh, although the Exiles have won on their last three visits to Headingley Carnegie in the league.

Carnegie have only played Rotherham more times that London Welsh in the club's history and whilst Sunday's game is the first ever Cup meeting between the pair, memories will go back to the dramatic two legs of the Championship play offs back in 2014, when James Lowes side won at home 38-31 before losing out in the away leg, 29-20, to go out of the play offs by two points on aggregate. 

    Result Leeds/Yorkshire Welsh
23/09/1995 H L 14 26
17/02/1996 A W 15 14
19/10/1996 H W 22 17
08/03/1997 A W 28 17
13/09/1997 A D 21 21
07/03/1998 H W 49 5
06/09/1998 H L 18 20
25/04/1999 A L 17 24
23/10/1999 H W 23 11
12/02/2000 A L 13 15
09/12/2000 A W 35 12
21/04/2001 H W 55 16
03/09/2006 H L 10 16
26/11/2006 A W 38 18
04/10/2008 A W 38 0
25/01/2009 H W 35 10
04/09/2011 H L 13 26
25/02/2012 A W 39 29
03/11/2013 H L 24 31
26/01/2014 A L 10 19
27/11/2015 H L 7 10
02/04/2016 A W 31 28
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