The National Clubs Association is delighted to announce the groupings for our cup competition. (Photo Credit: Paul Clark)

All 44 teams taking part in the tournament have learned their groups as our NCA clubs aim to make a return to action in 2021.

The groups have been allocated based on geographical regions to reduce travel times for clubs as we continue to adapt to the challenges presented to us by the COVID-19 pandemic.

All teams within a group will play each other twice in a home-and-away format before separating into a knock-out competition with the other regional groups.

One of the standout groups includes National One sides Rosslyn Park, Rams RFC and Chinnor who will all be going head-to-head.

A full list of the groups are below:

Group 1: Blaydon, Darlington Mowden Park, Tynedale, Wharfedale, Harrogate

Group 2: Barnes, Chinnor, Esher, Henley Hawks, Rams RFC, Rosslyn Park

Group 3: Birmingham Moseley, Leicester Lions, Stourbridge, Luctonians, Cinderford, Hinckley, Loughborough Students.

Group 4: Blackheath, Canterbury, Old Elthamians, Tonbridge Juddians, Worthing Raiders

Group 5: Sale FC, Caldy, Chester, Fylde, Sedgley Park

Group 6: Bishop’s Stortford, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Old Albanian, Westcliff

Group 7: Leeds Tykes, Huddersfield, Sheffield Tigers, Hull, Hull Ionians

Group 8: Plymouth Albion, Barnstaple, Redruth, Clifton, Dings Crusaders, Taunton

As revealed last week, the start of the tournament will be delayed until at least February in order to allow everyone to start on an equal footing.

More information regarding the competition, the groups and fixtures will be released in due course.