The Bill Beaumont Cup Right you lot....any of your pitiful little counties able to take Lancashire's title? Sorry I coudn't be more use with where these fixtures are taking place. If anyone has a link feel free to chip in. Bill Beaumont Cup May 5: North: Lancashire v Cheshire, Yorkshire v North Midlands. South: Gloucestershire v Hertfordshire, Devon v Middlesex May 12: North: North Midlands v Lancashire, Yorkshire v Cheshire. South: Gloucestershire v Middlesex, Hertfordshire v Devon May 19: North: Cheshire v North Midlands, Lancashire v Yorkshire. South: Devon v Gloucestershire, Middlesex v Hertfordshire May 28: Twickenham final There is also the shield and plate competitions : County Championship Shield May 5: North: Northumberland v Cumbria, Notts Lincs & Derbys v Warwickshire. South: Oxfordshire v Surrey, Somerset v Cornwall May 12: North: Cumbria v Warwickshire, Notts Lincs & Derbys v Northumberland. South: Oxfordshire v Cornwall, Surrey v Somerset May 19: North: Cumbria v Notts Lincs & Derbys, Warwickshire v Northumberland. South: Cornwall v Surrey, Somerset v Oxfordshire May 27: Final County Championship Plate April 28: Pool 1: Essex v Staffordshire, Leicestershire v Durham. Pool 2: Sussex v Buckinghamshire, Hampshire v Dorset & Wilts. Pool 3: Eastern Counties v East Midlands, Kent v Berkshire. May 5: Pool 1: Durham v Essex, Staffordshire v Leicestershire. Pool 2: Dorset & Wilts v Buckinghamshire, Hampshire v Sussex. Pool 3: East Midlands v Berkshire, Eastern Counties v Kent. May 12: Pool 1: Durham v Staffordshire, Essex v Leicestershire. Pool 2: Dorset & Wilts v Sussex, Buckinghamshire v Hampshire. Pool 3: Berkshire v Eastern Counties, Kent v East Midlands. May 19: Semi-finals May 27: Final There is some experimental rules being tried out too : *The maul can be pulled down without penalty, players may break away and be bound in front of the ball-carrier and joining a maul from behind the back foot will be strictly enforced *If the ball is passed or taken back into the 22 and kicked into touch, the lineout is in line with where the ball was kicked *Entering the breakdown â€˜through the gateâ€™ will be rigidly enforced, a tackled player must play the ball immediately and must not be prevented doing so by any player off their feet.