Time to get excited as fixtures for the new rugby union season are revealed

PUBLISHED: 08:36 07 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:02 07 June 2018

Harpenden will hope their celebrations last longer this season. 


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden will hope their celebrations last longer this season. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Harpenden’s assault on the London North West Two title will begin and end with games against London Nigerian after the fixtures for the new season were revealed.

Welwyn will play in London North West Two this season after winning promotion. Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn will play in London North West Two this season after winning promotion. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The Redbourn-Lane based rugby club had their promotion play-off place ripped away from them last season because of an administrative error by the league.

And they will be determined to put that right this time around.

The first game of the year on September 8 is at home with the final match on April 6.

Jack Reilly will hope to lead Tabard straight back up this season.Jack Reilly will hope to lead Tabard straight back up this season.

Hampstead, the team that jumped over Harps into second last year, travel to Hertfordshire on November 3 with the return match on March 2.

Welwyn find themselves back in the division too after their promotion last season and they start with a home game against the north London club.

Their second game is away, at newly-relegated Letchworth, with their next game at Hobbs Way coming in round three on September 22 when they host Belsize Park.

They had a good first season in London North West Three but Verulamians will want to go even better this time around. Picture: Danny LooThey had a good first season in London North West Three but Verulamians will want to go even better this time around. Picture: Danny Loo

They will face Harpenden a week later at Redbourn Lane with the return at home on January 12.

While Welwyn came up, Tabard were heading the other way and find themselves playing in London North West Three this term alongside Verulamians.

And the pair meet early with a game on the second week of the season at Cotlandswick.

A storming finish to the year and a trip to Allianz Park in the county cup will have Datchworth confident ahead of the new season. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonA storming finish to the year and a trip to Allianz Park in the county cup will have Datchworth confident ahead of the new season. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The return match at Cobden Hill is the final game before Christmas, taking place on December 15.

Tabard open their campaign at home to Old Merchant Taylors’ while Verulamians travel to Kilburn Cosmos.

Also in the division are Datchworth who, after the strong finish to last season’s campaign, will be hoping to look up rather than down this year.

St Albans had a disappointing year last time out but will start this campaign as one of the favourites for promotion. Picture: Elizabeth HealeySt Albans had a disappointing year last time out but will start this campaign as one of the favourites for promotion. Picture: Elizabeth Healey

They face Tabard on September 29 and January 12, with the first game at The Green.

They are also at home on day one with London Welsh the opponents.

Their matches with Vees are on December 8 (away) and March 30 (home).

Dropping into the division below are St Albans, who were relegated on the final day of the season.

They have targeted an instant return and will start the campaign away to Saracens Amateurs.

Their first home game brings Hitchin, the other relegated team, to Boggymead.

The return is again the game before the Christmas break.

St Albans finish their campaign with three of the last four games taking place at their Oaklands Lane base.

The run-in begins on March 9 when UCSOB are the visitors and continues a fortnight later with a game against Barnet Elizabethans.

Their final away game is in the shadow of Saracens’ Allianz Park at Hendon on March 30 before the Aviva Premiership champion’s Amateurs side replay the opening day of the season on April 6.

Old Albanian’s National Two South fixtures have yet to be announced and it is the same story for Hatfield QE.

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