Withycombe to launch new season with trip to North Tawton
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The RFU have issued fixtures for all the regional leagues and set out plans for a number of scenarios with regard to the 2020/21 campaign.
Most leagues have been split in two based on geography, the others elected not to be split.
The season has been divided into three windows.
In the first window teams will play each team in their group on a home and away basis and dates nave bene allocated for these games with a September 5 start with matchday 14 finishing the ‘round’ of matches on Saturday, December 5.
However, in the event of rugby being unable to resume on that first Saturday in September then the games will remain set in stone, but any dates that are by-passed will see the matches ‘missed’ moved to after December 5.
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For example, if teams cannot start until the first Saturday in October (October 3), then the respective league campaigns will start on matchday five and the first four matchdays will then be played after the completion of the round of matches (December 5).
Organisers also say that ‘if’ the first round of matches (14 matchdays) are completed then ‘window two’ will come into play. Window two is another seven week block of fixtures and if, all has gone to plan, window three will then be completed meaning, in the event of a full season starting on September 5 and being played to a finish on March 20, would involve a full campaign of 26 matchdays with most teams having two free Saturday dates in the season.
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Organisers are keen to stress that dates for windows two and three will be allocated once the season gets underway.
No decision has yet been made about RFU Cup competitions. If only the first window is possible a play-off between the leaders of the two groups will be staged to decide the league winner.
No decision has been made on the effect of this season on promotion/relegation for the 2021-22 season.
In terms of Withycombe and their Tribute Cornwall & Devon campaign, their fixture scheduling is as follows.
Sept 5 A North Tawton
Sep 12 H PLYMSTOCK ALBION OAKS
Sep 19 A Tavistock
Sep 26 H TOPSHAM
Oct 3 A Torquay Athletic
Oct 10 BYE
Oct 17 H CULLOMPTON
Oct 24 H NORTH TAWTON
Oct 31 A Plymstock Albion Oaks
Nov 7 H TAVISTOCK
Nov 14 A Topsham
Nov 21 H TORQUAY ATHLETIC
Nov 28 BYE
Dec 5 A Cullompton
A Newquay Hornets
H PIRATES AMATEURS
H NEWQUAY HORNETS
A Pirates Amateurs