The Essex Spartans senior team have announced their 10-game fixture list for 2016.
This season sees the departure of last year’s champions Bury Saints, who completed their 2015 season 10-0, and the arrival of the Cambridgeshire Cats down from the first division.
The Spartans will enjoy a delayed start on 17th April away at the London Blitz (B team) following the season opening weekend the week before.
A trip to fierce rivals London Hornets on 29th April precedes a visit from last year’s playoff visitors Wembley Stallions, before a three-week break from the competition and then a second run of away games.
The six-team South East conference is completed by long-standing team the Ipswich Cardinals, whom the Spartans will play on 26th June and 23rd July.
The final regular fixture will be held at the Spartans seniors’ new home ground of Thurrock Rugby Football Club on Sunday 7th August against the London Hornets.
Senior team Head Coach Seán Benton said: “Now that the fixtures are released, the club is more geared up than ever for the coming season.
“We’re pleased to see the Cats make a return to the division; we welcome them and wish them well.
“As always we’ve got a young team to represent us, but our very positive pre-season training promises excellent results on the field from all of them; returners and rookies.
“We’re really excited – see you there.”
The full fixture list for the Essex Spartans senior team can be found below.
Sunday 17th April 2016 – AWAY – Essex Spartans @ London Blitz B
Sunday 24th April 2016 – AWAY – Essex Spartans @ London Hornets
Saturday 7th May 2016 – HOME – Wembley Stallions @ Essex Spartans
Saturday 4th June 2016 – HOME – Cambridgeshire Cats @ Essex Spartans
Sunday 12th June 2016 – AWAY – Essex Spartans @ Wembley Stallions
Sunday 19th June 2016 – AWAY – Essex Spartans @ Cambridgeshire Cats
Sunday 26th June 2016 – AWAY – Essex Spartans @ Ipswich Cardinals
Saturday 9th July 2016 – HOME – London Blitz B @ Essex Spartans
Saturday 23rd July 2016 – HOME – Ipswich Cardinals @ Essex Spartans
Sunday 7th August 2016 – HOME – London Hornets @ Essex Spartans