The Leinster leagues of Division 2b and Division 3 have been combined this season into two sections after a number of clubs withdrew from the bottom Division.
The groups were seeded and split into two for the opening phase with the top three in each going into the promotion group for the second half of the season while the remaining sides will compete for what will be the fifth tier title.
Edenderry will start the season as slight favourites having just missed out on automatic promotion to Division 2a last season. Wexford Wanderers who won Division 3 in 12/13 and Arklow are also likely to be in the hunt.
Athy are a club with strong pedigree that struggled last year but have the foundation to improve considerably and New Ross come down from Division 2a looking to regroup and could be an unknown force.
Guinness had a solid season in Division 2b last year and will feel they can kick on for this campaign. Birr came second in Division 3 last season and will hope to continue their impressive progress this season by at least making the top six and possibly challenging further.
Section A has six teams involved, Edenderry Birr and Guinness will be the favourites to advance but Swords, North Meath and new Leinster league side Athyboy are all capable of challenging.
Athboy have been a strong side in the North East league in recent seasons and will be looking forward to their first provincial league outing against Birr at home on September 29th.
Section B has five teams and seems the stronger group with Wexford Wanderers, Arklow, New Ross, Athy and Midland Warriors all likely to compete well.
The Warriors are making great progress as a club in the past 12 months and will look on this as a great opportunity to test their potential.
Tallaght, Rathdrum and West Offaly have all withdrawn from the provincial leagues to play Metro league and Junior 2 rugby instead.
Leinster League Division 2b/3 Fixtures
|6/10/2013||15:00:00||Wexford Wanderers||vs||Midland Warriors|
|13/10/2013||15:00:00||Midland Warriors||vs||New Ross|
|20/10/2013||15:00:00||Wexford Wanderers||vs||New Ross|