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Rename part of restructure

MIDLANDS One will be renamed National Three Midlands for the 2009/10 season, as part of Rugby Union league restructuring.

MIDLANDS One will be renamed National Three Midlands for the 2009/10 season, as part of Rugby Union league restructuring.

The change in title follows the introduction of a 12-club Championship to replace the current 16-team National One – the league Birmingham and Solihull Bees will play in next season.

The current National Two and National Three North and South, will be renamed National One and Two with the top four regional leagues – including Midlands One – becoming National Three competitions.

A bonus points system will also be included, and the division has been increased from 12 to 14 clubs.

Leagues at level six – the renamed Midlands One West and Midlands One East – have also been increased from 12 to 14 club divisions, but leagues at levels seven and eight (Midlands Two and Midlands Three in the new structure) remain at 12 clubs.

Therefore Camp Hill and Solihull will ply their trade in Midlands One West, Silhillians will compete in Midlands Two West (South) and following their title-winning campaign Birmingham Exiles will play in Midlands Four West (South).

There will be smaller leagues at levels nine and 10, the bottom two tiers of the league structure, as a result of the need to promote more clubs higher up the league pyramid.

 

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