YMCA will start life in rugby union’s North I East with a tasty derby trip to Old Crossleyans.
The Halifax club’s Broomfield ground is the destination on Saturday, September 7 as the Huddersfield team prepare to play at their highest-ever level of league rugby.
Promoted from Yorkshire I via last season’s play-off victory over Guisborough, the first game at Laund Hill will be against Northern on Saturday, September 14.
Newcastle’s oldest club, founded in 1875, are among a number of lofty names in the 14-strong division which is one level below National III.
Former top-flight side West Hartlepool, who have been relegated from III North, Sheffield and Cleckheaton are also among YM’s forthcoming opponents.
Cleck, who come to Laund Hill on Saturday, October 16, finished third last season and are set to mount another strong challenge under new head coach Ian Armitage.