Glamorgan Wanderers will start life in the SWALEC League Division One East in 2011-12 with a home match against fellow fallen giants Ebbw Vale following their relegation from the Premier Division.
With another former Premier club in Newbridge also in One East the race for the top spot in the division should be very intense.
Wanderers head coach Chris Ower said, "It's great to be starting the season with such a competitive fixture. Ebbw Vale will have big ambitions for this season and after losing to us in the first of our play-offs at the end of last season, I'm sure they'll feel they have an opportunity to get one back on us very quickly.
"They are a very good side, but having said that, I'm pleased with our squad at this point in time. We have a number of players with Premiership experience, mixed with some exciting young players so I'm confident we will be able to challenge for a Champions League place, and even the Division One East title this season.
"Ultimately our aim is to work towards getting back into the Premiership within around three years and as a club, we have put a number of building blocks in place to progress at a sensible pace."
Last year Treorchy had a difficult season and only just avoided the drop so they will be keen to make a good start when Blackwood visit the Oval on opening day.
Newly-promoted Mountain Ash have a tough opening when they travel to a Beddau side who finished last season in third spot, while Tredegar, who also made the step up from Two East, will host Newbridge.
Llanharan have made the move from One East to One West and they will look for a winning start when they entertain Carmarthen Athletic.
Narberth finished in second spot a massive 25 points behind promoted Bridgend but in the absence of the Ravens, the Otters will fancy their chances of pushing for glory. They visit Waunarlwydd on opening day.
Two West champions Ammanford travel to Whitland, while the also-promoted Tondu start at home against Tata Steel (PT).
It is "as you were" in Two East as last year's relegated clubs from One East meet in the opening fixture. Ystrad Rhondda entertain a Bedlinog side that finished in bottom place, five points behind their hosts. They only managed five victories between them all season so both clubs will be looking for better times.
A superb run-in to the end of the season saw Rhymney clinch the Three East title and their reward is a visit to a strong Rhydyfelin outfit.
Maesteg need to arrest their drop down the divisions and after relegation from One West, they entertain Felinfoel at Llynfi Road in their opening fixture in Two West. As Felinfoel were also relegated and Maesteg won the corresponding fixture last season the "Old Firm" will be looking to start the new season with a victory.
Caerphilly are another club looking to regain former glory. This season the Castletown men play in Three East with an opening trip to Brynmawr and after losing all 22 matches last term they will be looking to stop the depressing run of defeats.
Senghenydd romped to the Four East title last season with over 100 points and also added the SWALEC Bowl after defeating Maesteg Quins 28-18 at the Millennium Stadium. Life in Three East should hold no fears for them but Garndiffaith are sure to be tough opponents in their opening fixture.
Dunvant showed a big improvement in Three West last season and should go into the new term with every confidence. The Broadacre club, who played in the European Challenge Cup in 1999-00, open with a trip to Pontyberem who were relegated from Two West.
St Peter's just missed out on promotion from Three South East after finishing in third place and they will be looking to go one better when they start the new season off at Aberdare. Newly-promoted Rhiwbina and Tonyrefail begin with home games against Llanishen and Gwernyfed respectively.
In Three South West, Aberavon Green Stars have been handed a tough opening when they travel to BP Llandarcy who spent last season in Two West. Four West champions Maesteg Quins will be trying to extend their unbeaten run in the league when they play host to Bryncoch.
A new 12-team SWALEC Division Seven has been added, with Division Six rearranged to form three 12 team divisions.
The new structure will test the playing strengths of district clubs such as Malpas, CIACS and Wick who go straight into Division Six, while Newbridge Utd, Old Tylerians, STAR, Treharris, Tref-y-Clawdd, Abersychan and Tongwynlais all enter the SWALEC Leagues for the first time in Division Seven, joining Blaina United, Cwmcarn United, Aberbeeg, Cwm and Hollybush who were previously in Division Six.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.