National League Rugby fixtures announced for 2023-24 campaign

Dings Crusaders finished second in National Two West in 2022/23
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The fixtures for the 2023-24 National League Rugby season have been released by the Rugby Football Union and the new campaign will get underway on Saturday, September 2nd.

The season will run for seven consecutive weekends before a two-week break at the end of October before resuming on November 4th.

The Christmas break will come after the weekend of December 16th and the season will start up again on January 13th 2024.

Further breaks during the campaign are scheduled while the final day is set to be April 27th 2024.

In National One, Richmond - who were relegated from the Championship last term - begin life back in the third tier with a trip to newly-promoted Sedgley Park while Blackheath - who are back in level three after a one-year absence start the season away at Taunton Titans.

Leicester Lions, who will be competing in National One for the first-ever time in 2023-24, welcome Sale FC to the Midlands on the opening day.

Over in National Two North, Hull and Leeds Tykes are both on the road to kick off the new term. Otley are the visitors to Chanterlands Avenue while the Tykes open up against Sheffield.

Newly-promoted Billingham begin with a trip to Rotherham Titans while fellow newcomers Lymm welcome Wharfedale to the North-West.

Esher - who suffered relegation from National One on the final day of last season - start their National Two East campaign at home to Barnes in one of the standout fixtures of the opening weekend. Westcombe Park and Wimbledon - who both earned promotion last season - start with fixtures against Tonbridge Juddians and Dorking, respectively.

And over in National Two West, Camborne begin life in level four by taking on Dings Crusaders, Dudley Kingswinford entertain Luctonians while Chester host Exeter University.

For a full list of fixtures, follow this LINK to the England Rugby website.

Opening Day Fixtures

National One

Bishop's Stortford v Cinderford, Chinnor v Darlington Mowden Park, Leicester Lions v Sale FC, Rams v Birmingham Moseley, Rosslyn Park v Plymouth Albion, Sedgley Park v Richmond, Taunton Titans v Blackheath.

National Two North

Fylde v Sheffield Tigers, Huddersfield v Hull Ionians, Lymm v Wharfedale, Otley v Hull, Rotherham Titans v Billingham, Sheffield v Leeds Tykes, Tynedale v Preston Grasshoppers.

National Two East

Bury St Edmunds v Old Albanian, Esher v Barnes, Henley v Guernsey, North Walsham v Worthing, Sevenoaks v Canterbury, Tonbridge Juddians v Westcombe Park, Wimbledon v Dorking.

National Two West

Camborne v Dings Crusaders, Chester v Exeter University, Clifton v Newport (Salop), Dudley Kingswinford v Luctonians, Hinckley v Bournville, Hornets v Loughborough Students, Redruth v Old Redcliffians.