Burntwood Rugby Club's home at The Sportsway

Burntwood RUFC will open their new rugby campaign with a home tie against Trentham in the Staffs Intermediate Trophy.

Burntwood Rugby Club’s home at The Sportsway

The tie will take place on September 2, kick-off 3pm.

The sides will meet twice more during the season as the Potteries’ side gained promotion to Midlands 3 West North along with Barton-under-Needwood.

These two additions mean that eight of the 12 sides in the division are from Staffordshire. Moving into the division from the opposite direction are Stafford and Shrewsbury.

If Burntwood are to improve on last season they will need to finish in the promotion places having finished in third place last April. The opposition will not be any easier but the travelling certainly will be with Ludlow and Cleobury Mortimer promoted and Clee Hill and Eccleshall relegated last term.

Under Head Coach Jimmy Davies, the senior squad have been preparing for the new season with twice weekly training sessions and warm-up games against Newcastle (home and away), Wolverhampton (away) plus two internal games.

Sean Latham retains captaincy of the 1st XV, Russ Palmer steps up to skipper the 2nd XV who will compete in the Staffs Reserve League Division 1, and Stuart Maguire will lead the 3rd XV who will play on an occasional basis.

Burntwood have also entered a side into the newly-formed Staffs Colts Transition League with Ian Mapp coaching the squad. They open their season with the visit of Pinley on Saturday, September 9, while on the same day the 2nds travel to Longton 2nds (league) and the 1sts welcome Uttoxeter (league).

Following the first league fixtures on the September 9 the club will host a patriotic social event to celebrate The Last Night of the Proms.

A Jubilee-style sing-along with song sheets provided, a guest act and a fish and chip supper will precede sharing in the finale to the Proms at The Royal Albert Hall to be shown on the big screen. Tickets are priced £5 each and are available from the clubhouse.