Following a season's break, the Anglo-Welsh Cup will return in November with holders Saracens kicking off against Gloucester at Kingsholm.
The inter-group format has been retained and those games will take place during the November Test period and the Six Nations Championship.
Only the four pool winners will progress to the semi-finals, which will take place on Saturday, March 11, with the final scheduled for March 18.
Anglo-Welsh Cup Pools
Pool One: Dragons, Saracens, Northampton, Bath
Pool Two: Ospreys, Exeter, Sale, Worcester
Pool Three: Blues, Bristol, Harlequins, Wasps
Pool Four: Scarlets, Leicester, Newcastle, Gloucester