CLUBS will be fighting for promotion and relegation in the Admiral Nations Leagues next season, writes Chris Kirwan.

The coronavirus pandemic meant that the 2019/20 campaign was cancelled and it was agreed before the return of rugby in 2021/22 that there would be no movement.

However, teams will return to normal from September when the format returns to home and away fixtures with titles on the line.

The 12-team Indigo Group Premiership will also be back to a 22-game schedule with fixtures to be finalised soon along with those in the Admiral National League for the women's game.

"It has been a deeply frustrating period for our community clubs. Last season was dedicated to getting the game back up and running in Wales after Covid and the effort and enthusiasm put in by every team was fantastic," said Welsh Rugby Union director of community rugby Geraint John.

"The commitment and passion displayed by the players, coaches, referees, volunteers and fans last season was proof enough to me that rugby is very much alive and kicking throughout Wales.

"With full fixture lists returning next season, and promotion once again in the equation, there will be everything to play for.

"I have no doubt that standards will continue to rise and it is great to be welcoming new teams into the National League system."

The Championship will feature a mouth-watering tussle for promotion between Pontypool and Bargoed, who won the title in the Covid-affected season.

Pooler have home advantage for the first clash on November 12 – the date of Wales versus Argentina – before the Bulls host the return game in the run-in on April 15.

Newbridge and Penallta were unbeaten in Division One East last season and meet for the first time at the Welfare Ground on November 12.