The three County Championship competitions have been renamed after some of England’s most distinguished rugby players.
The divisions will now be known as the Bill Beaumont Senior Men’s County Championship, the Jason Leonard Under-20 County Championship and the Gill Burns Women’s County Championship.
The Bill Beaumont Senior Men’s County Championship is made up of the Bill Beaumont Division 1, Bill Beaumont Division 2 and Bill Beaumont Division 3 competitions (formerly the Bill Beaumont Cup, Division 2 Plate and Shield).
The Jason Leonard U20 County Championship will include the Jason Leonard Division 1 and Jason Leonard Division 2 competitions (formerly the National U20 Cup and National U20 Shield).
Following on from the success of the inaugural Women’s County Championship and Regional Plate, the women’s division of the competition will now be named the Gill Burns Women’s County Championship, encompassing the Gill Burns Division 1 and Gill Burns Division 2 competitions.