The RFU has this week confirmed the league make-up for life in London 2 North West during the 2019/20 season following London Welsh's second consecutive promotion last term.
The 19/20 season sees Welsh enter year 3 of the stated 5 year plan that was launched by the London Welsh Board of Directors in 2017. The league campaign will see London Welsh form some new local rivals in the likes of Chiswick RFC, Hammersmith & Fulham RFC & London Grasshoppers RFC.
The exact confirmation of the league games may still change slightly before being formally announced by the RFU later this month but that is likely to be minor.
The league campaign will open with an exciting introduction to league against Welwyn away on 14th September - we are told that Welwyn has a club choir and are certain that the battle of the club choirs will make for a great day in Richmond on the return leg when Welwyn make the trip to Old Deer Park for the final game of the season on 18 April.
Welsh meet last seasons highest unpromoted side Chiswick RFC (3rd in 18/19) away on 7 December before the reverse fixture at Old Deer Park on 28 March 2020 in round 20 of the league. Other highlights will no doubt include fixtures against relegated (from London 1) Luton RFC (historically having played in the midlands leagues) on 28 December and 18 January, as well as rekindling the battles with the Green Army of Datchworth RFC that were highlights in the 18/19 season.
Once again the league will prove new territory for Welsh with fixtures against clubs that we have not faced previously in our 135 year history.
Pre-Season preparations are already fully in swing and schedules have been posted on club media outlets; including the mouth watering pre-season fixture against old friends Neath RFC on 17th August at the Gnoll.
There have been a number of exciting new recruits to the playing staff and these will be announced over the coming weeks.
We look forward to seeing you all at Old Deer Park and around the clubs throughout the season as we continue the journey.
Round 1 Welwyn v LONDON WELSH 14 September 2019
Round 2 LONDON WELSHvHemel Hempstead 21 September 2019
Round 3 Luton v LONDON WELSH 28 September 2019
Round 4 LONDON WELSH v Fullerians 05 October 2019
Round 5 Datchworth v LONDON WELSH 19 October 2019
Round 6 Letchworth v LONDON WELSH 26 October 2019
Round 7 LONDON WELSH v Grasshoppers 09 November 2019
Round 8 Hackney v LONDON WELSH 16 November 2019
Round 9 LONDON WELSH v Hampstead 23 November 2019
Round 10 Chiswick v LONDON WELSH 07 December 2019
Round 11 LONDON WELSH v Hammers&Fulham 14 December 2019
Round 12 Hemel Hempstead v LONDON WELSH 11 January 2020
Round 13 LONDON WELSH v Luton 18 January 2020
Round 14 Fullerians v LONDON WELSH 25 January 2020
Round 15 LONDON WELSH v Datchworth 01 February 2020
Round 16 LONDON WELSH v Letchworth 15 February 2020
Round 17 Grasshoppers v LONDON WELSH 22 February 2020
Round 18 LONDON WELSH v Hackney 29 February 2020
Round 19 Hampstead v LONDON WELSH 21 March 2020
Round 20 LONDON WELSH v Chiswick 28 March 2020
Round 21 Hammers& FulhamvLONDON WELSH 04 April 2020
Round 22 LONDON WELSH v Welwyn 18 April 2020
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Updated 18:46 - 16 Jun 2019 by Jonathan Shankland