The serious business starts for Navan RFC this weekend when they make the relatively easy 100-mile trip to Belfast for a tough opening AIL Div 2B opener against Belfast Herlequins.
The Harlequins were relegated from Div 2A last season and promoted Navan will get a real taste of the challenges they face this year if they hope to make a bid for successive promotions.
Navan will be familiar with some of the other teams which include Sunday's Well, Old Crescent, Wanderers and Rainey Old Boys who Navan host in their first home game the following Saturday (23rd September).
In the Leinster League this weekend Ashbourne will be in action against Gorey in a Div 1A encounter while North Meath, Athboy and Ratoath will also kick-off their campaigns this month.
Sports Den, Navan has teamed up with Navan RFC for the new season. At the launch of the sponsorship were Conor Ryan (left), Sam Bashford, Brian Haugh, Jack Clarke (u-10 captain), Simon Clarke of Sports Den and Navan RFC president Gerry Williamson. Photo: John Quirke / www.quirke.ie
SEPTEMBER FIXTURE FOCUS
SATURDAY 16th SEPTEMBER
AIL Div 2B - Belfast Harlequins v Navan, 2.30pm
Leinster League Div 1A - Gorey v Ashbourne.
FRIDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER
Metro League - Navan v Seapoint, 8pm.
SATURDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER
AIL Div 2B - Navan v Rainey Old Boys, 2.30pm
Leinster League Div 1A - Ashbourne v Enniscorthy.
Leinster Girls inter-pro - Leinster v Munster, provisional.
SUNDAY 24th SEPTEMBER
Leinster League Div 2B - North Meath v Roscrea.
Leinster League Div 3 - Athboy v Swords; Clane v Ratoath.
SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER
AIL Div 2B - MU Barnhall v Navan, 2.30pm.
Leinster League Div 1A - Dundalk v Ashbourne.
Jim Byrne Cup - Stillorgan v Ashbourne.