- First winners enter revamped competition
- Moseley to host Hereford in first round
Moseley, the winners of the inaugural National Colts Cup, have been drawn at home to Hereford in the first round of this season’s revamped competition.
Until now the National Colts Cup has been an Under 19 competition but this year it will become an Under 18 tournament.
Moseley, who beat Leeds 8-3 in the first final in 1998, have entered the new-look competition but Bedford Blues, who have won the cup five times in the last six seasons, have decided not to take part.
Nuneaton, who were beaten finalists in 2008, and Old Northamptonians, runners-up in 2006, have also entered.
Nuneaton will host Dudley Kingswinford in the first round with Old Northamptonians travelling to Ampthill.
The National Colts Cup was introduced as part of the East Midlands RU’s centenary celebrations in the 1997/98 season.
The competition has continued to grow in popularity and is still organised and administered by East Midlands.
National Colts Cup first round draw
Midlands East: Paviors v Ilkeston, Market Harborough v Towcestrians, Ampthill v Old Northamptonians, Scunthorpe v Syston, Derby v Leicester Forest, Olney v Oundle, Peterborough v Kesteven, Wellingborough v Northampton BBOB.
Midlands West: Willenhall v Worcester Wanderers, Burton v Kenilworth, Nuneaton v Dudley Kingswinford, Stourbridge v Walsall, Moseley v Hereford, Silhillians v Barkers’ Butts.
Ties to be played on or before the weekend of September 22/23.