A NEW sponsor has been confirmed for the Welsh Rugby Union National League stricture for the upcoming campaign.

The governing body announced that Specsavers will take over the sponsorship after agreeing a three-year deal with the WRU, which will also see them become the sponsor of the National Cup competitions.

Geraint John, WRU community director, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Specsavers on board as title sponsor of the WRU National Leagues and Cup competitions.

“The Leagues are the bread and butter of grassroots rugby in Wales and the Cup competitions provide an opportunity for clubs of all levels to make special memories that will last a lifetime.

“The news is a real boost for the profile of the club game in Wales and we look forward to working with Specsavers to create a real buzz next season.”

The announcement came following the release of the fixtures across all league for the 2019/20 season with Specsavers One North throwing up some intriguing opening day encounters for sides across the region.

Defending Specsavers One North champions Llandudno begin their quest for back-to-back titles with a trip to Bro Ffestiniog, with the Goats expected to go close once again thanks to their incredible strength-and-depth within the squad.

Nant Conwy are another of the fancied top-flight sides and they will be looking to get off to a flyer in their home clash against an unpredictable Bethesda outfit.

Specsavers Two North side Colwyn Bay will be aiming to build on a positive first campaign under the leadership of former Wales Women’s captain Rachel Taylor, and ambitious Rhyl and District are sure to provide a stern test on the opening day.

Nant Conwy 2nds welcome Llanidloes for their first competitive fixture.