Rugby union season ready for the kick-off

THE FIRST round of matches in the University of Salford-sponsored North West Intermediate Rugby Union Leagues take place on Saturday.

Last season’s Division Four East champions Hope Valley begin life in Division Three South with a home fixture against Marple 2nd XV. Hope Valley will also be fielding a 2nd XV side in Division Five East, and the team’s first match will be away to Carrington 1st XV.

Buxton 2nd XV open their season in Division Five South at home against Acton Nomads 2nd XV. Meanwhile, Buxton 1st XV travel to Prenton for their opening fixture in the South Lancashire & Cheshire League Division Three. All matches kick-off at 3pm.