City of Derry Rugby Club open pre-season training today ahead of the start of the 2013/14 season which begins on August 17th with the IRFU All-Ireland Club ‘Sevens’ competition.
Senior training commences at Judge Road at 7.00 p.m. tonight and will continue thereafter on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
The IRFU All-Ireland Club “Sevens” tournament forms part of the Irish Rugby Gathering which will take place at University College Dublin.
And the following Saturday, August 24th the club’s senior squad will take on Omagh at Judges Road in a friendly fixture with the kick-off scheduled for 2.30 p.m.
The Ulster League then commences for City of Derry RFC on Saturday, August 31st with a difficult away trip to last year’s All-Ireland Division 1B and Ulster League champions, Ballynahinch.
Derry achieved their goal last season with a top four finish in AIL Division 2A and Head Coach, Mark Nicholl and his Assistant, Ashley Blair will be hoping to push for promotion to AIL 2B this season with a top two finish.
Derry also had a successful season in the Ulster League last season and finished in second position just four points behind Ballynahinch.
Saturday, August 24th will also be a big day at Judges Road for the Youth Section with the Under-13s and Under-15s competing in an All-Ireland UK City of Culture Youth Tournament.
The other participating teams will be Skerries from Leinster, UL Bohs from Munster and Creggs from Connacht.
The action gets under way at 11.00 a.m. and will be followed by the senior friendly against Omagh.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, August 31st the City of Culture George Tees Cup will be the main attraction at Judges Road.
This competition is for Minor League teams and will see the home teams third and fourth XVs involved.
The action will start at 1 .00 p.m. with the final scheduled for 6.00 p.m.