Huge changes for Cork junior rugby clubs in the revised regional league format

Huge changes for Cork junior rugby clubs in the revised regional league format
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THE Munster Junior Rugby committee have proposed a revamp of the Munster Junior League for next season following a survey of players and coaches.

The main findings of this survey were that clubs wanted fewer games and less travel.

To this end, the committee have proposed that both Division 1 and 2 would be increased from 14 sides to 16 but each  would be split into two groups of eight on a regional basis.

Based on the current standings of clubs the top 16 clubs would play in Division 1, the next 16 clubs would play in Division 2 and the remaining clubs in Division 3.

The two groups in Division 1 are:

Group A: Abbeyfeale, Clanwilliam, Galbally, Kilfeacle, Newcastle West, Richmond, St. Senan’s and Thomond.

Group B: Bandon, Clonakilty, Crosshaven, Mallow, Muskerry, Old Christians, Skibbereen and Waterpark.

The line-up in Division 2 is:

Group A: Dungarvan, Ennis, Fethard, Mitchelstown, Scariff, St Mary’s, Thurles and Waterford City. 

Group B: Ballincollig, Charleville, Cobh Pirates, Fermoy, Kanturk, Killorglin, Kinsale and Tralee.

In Phase One each side will play each other in each group giving each side seven games and the top four in each group will play the other four sides from the other group in phase two with the bottom four also meeting each other.

The games played between the four clubs in phase one would be carried forward into phase two and the top section would decide winners and promotion where applicable. While the bottom section would decide which clubs will be relegated.

The Third Division will consist of seven sides: Bantry Bay, Castleisland, Chorca Dhuibhne, Douglas-Carrigaline, Dunmanway, Killarney and Youghal.

These sides will play each other home and away with the top two sides getting promoted to Division 2.

Both Division 1 and 2 will play two fewer games but with plenty of local derbies should make an interesting opening to the league.

In Division 1 Group B it will consist of seven Cork clubs along with Waterpark making up the eight. Newcomers to this level will be the return of Old Christians and Muskerry, who were on the verge of promotion before the season was called to a halt.

The three west Cork derbies between Bandon, Clonakilty and Skibbereen were keenly contested last year and no doubt all three clubs will be looking to forward to renewing acquaintances again.

In Division 2 the geographical layout of the clubs meant someone was going to lose out with Mitchelstown playing in the northern group with those clubs close to them in the other group.

Six Cork clubs will contest Group B along with Killorglin and Tralee.

With restrictions now being eased clubs will be eagerly looking forward to the new season.

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