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National divisions scheduled to be reintroduced to rugby in September

By Will Clark

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Scottish Rugby has confirmed the resumption of a national competitive league structure for the upcoming 2021/22 season following a consultation with clubs and schools across the country.

National divisions will return to rugby in September. Picture: Callum Mackay..
National divisions will return to rugby in September. Picture: Callum Mackay..

A national league structure with promotion and relegation was voted by 63 per cent of clubs and schools compared to 37 per cent voting for a regional competition with no promotion and relegation.

It has now been recommended to the Scottish Rugby Board for the Tennent’s Leagues (Men’s and Women’s) along with the youth and school conferences to recommence in September.

It was also recommended providing at least 65 per cent of all league fixtures have been fulfilled, promotion and relegation within the leagues will be applied.

In the event that the total number of all completed league fixtures is less than 65 per cent the season will be concluded and there will be no promotion or relegation.

Cup competition details and fixtures will not be confirmed until later into the campaign when Scottish Rugby can be confident that the 65 per cent target can be reached next season.

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