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The Greater Manchester Further Education Rugby Union Development League is now in its second year and is going from strength to strength, almost doubling in size since last year.

This year 10 colleges from Greater Manchester are taking part in a competitive merit league, playing two 12-a-side league fixtures a month.

One of the differences this year is that teams are split into North and South pools, with fixtures held at Clubs in the area to save travelling time, Broughton Park, Ashton on Mersey, Trafford MV, Rochdale and Sedgley Park hosting the matches.

Another important addition which has helped colleges playing rugby for the first time is the creation of a 'Friendly Pool' system where colleges can contact staff on designated dates requesting a fixture. Suitable opposition, a venue and a referee are then identified to fit their needs.

Each month there is a Competitive and a Friendly fixture schedule, with dates being selected to ensure there are no clashes with other major college events. More importantly, the timetable gives teams time to train between events, with RFU Community Rugby Coaches lending their assistance.

By the halfway point in the league five events, with 21 competitive fixtures and 11 friendlies had been played.

Pool fixtures are scheduled to end this month, with the two pool winners competing in the Grand Final on the April 21.

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