Richmond will be making a return to the third tier of English rugby after a relegation from the Championship and they begin their National One campaign with a trip to Darlington Mowden Park on September 7th.
Last year’s runners-up, Old Elthamians, travel to National Two play-off winners Canterbury to kick off the new term whilst the aforementioned Hull Ionians and Rams visit Birmingham Moseley and Cambridge, respectively, on the opening day.
Loughborough Students and Caldy fell through the National One trapdoor in April and they both begin life back in National Two North with away fixtures in the Midlands. The Students will go to Stourbridge in Round One while Caldy face Hinckley at Leicester Road.
Beaten National Two play-off finalists Chester take the trip to Sheffield Tigers whilst newly promoted Luctonians are up against Tynedale, North Premier champions Hull face Huddersfield and Scunthorpe, who clinched the Midlands Premier title, host Fylde.
Esher were the club to drop down from National One into National Two South and the Surrey-based side will get their new campaign underway with a trip to Redruth.
Westcliff, Sutton & Epsom and Bournemouth were all promoted from the fifth tier and they take on Dings Crusaders, Henley Hawks and Taunton Titans, respectively, when the new National Two South season begins in three months’ time.
A full fixture list, with kick-off times, will be available on ncarugby.com soon.