RUGBY officials in Cornwall have created a new league for second XVs around the county to compete in.

The Duchy League will start on October 10 with sides from Redruth, Camborne, Penryn, Truro, Wadebridge, Launceston, Newquay, St Austell and Bodmin involved.

Creation of the competition comes after, as reported in the Packet on April 15, a proposal to introduce reserve teams into the current league structure was given the thumbs down by Cornish clubs.

South West Rugby Organising Committee members have said there will be no relegation or promotion from the league and players who make more than eight appearances for first teams in level six, South West One, or above cannot play in the competition.

A review will be conducted at the end of the season to discuss how successful the league has been.

Mike Gee, secretary of the organising committee, told Packet Sport: "This is a pilot scheme with the aim of getting more people playing or continuing to play quality rugby.

"It is now totally up to the clubs involved to support it and make the league work."