Oxford Cavaliers return to the West of England league

Oxford Cavaliers return to the West of England league

By Ryan Cousins
12 April 2016
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South West Leagues prepare for kick off

The West of England Rugby League has doubled in size ahead of 2016 with the addition of five new teams to the division.

Gloucestershire Warriors and Oxford Cavaliers both return to the league after respective spells in the Conference League South and they are joined by newcomers Forest Bulldogs who played a number of friendlies last year and will be tasting competitive Rugby League action for the first time in 2016.

The line-up is completed by Southampton Spitfires and US Portsmouth Seahawks who have joined from the Southern Leagues.

The increase in teams has led to a new format being introduced with the teams splitting initially into two groups of five, before coming together for crossover fixtures and play offs, leading to a double Grand Final.

Pool 1

Bath & Wiltshire Romans
Bristol Sonics
Gloucestershire Warriors
Oxford Cavaliers
US Portsmouth Seahawks

Pool 2

Cheltenham Phoenix
Forest Bulldogs
Somerset Vikings
Southampton Spitfires
Swindon St George

There will be no change in the South West League, with Cornish Rebels, Exeter Centurions, Devon Sharks, Plymouth Titans and North Devon Raiders all set to battle it out for honours again in 2016.

Both campaigns will be opened with a Nines Event.

The South West Nines will take place at Exeter University on Sunday 1 May 2016.

The West of England season starts on the following weekend with the second annual West of England Nines, which again will be hosted by Swindon St George on Saturday 7th May 2016.

- See more at: http://www.rugby-league.com/leagues__competitions/south_west/article/33786/south-west-leagues-prepare-for-kick-off#sthash.cHEZ15hP.dpuf

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