A BREAK in the Six Nations fixtures means there’s a return to action for North Wales rugby sides this weekend.

There’s a full schedule of matches lined-up in Division One North and Mold could climb out of the relegation zone if they can secure their fourth victory of the campaign at home to COBRA.

“Sometimes breaks can come at the wrong time, but for us, it has helped us nurse a few players back to fitness, fix some key issues and generally re-energise for the critical six weeks we have ahead,” said Mold head of performance Oli Heald.

“We were buoyed by our performance against Wrexham (in the North Wales Cup), but are realistic that both sides were much changed. However, our defence was still porous and that has been a real focus.

“What we have found is that for large parts of the game, we can be competitive, but we have 10-minute spells in games which are destructive for us and we need to be able to show a bit more grit in those periods to ensure we stay in touch.

“It has been a long time since we played COBRA, so it is a bit of an unknown, but that will probably help us and it means we get to focus on sorting out problems instead of what problems the opposition offer.”

Scott Jones, Ross Jones, Reece Le Tissier, Jamie Elder and Monty Roberts will all return to the pack, with Matty Liversage, Matty Farrell and Ethan Roberts retaining their spots.

Amongst the backs, Caine Le Tissier, Jack Pearson, Elfyn Davies, Nicky Hughes and Richard Hopkins are set to start.

Wrexham, who could potentially claim a top-five finish in their first season back in Division One, have a lengthy trek to Llangefni tomorrow.

“The Six Nations break has given a few lads the opportunity to rest up some knocks that they’d been carrying for a while, but we have to get back on task pretty quickly this week,” said Wrexham skipper Jack Harrison.

“We’re under no illusions that this game is one of the toughest we’ll face all season, Llangefni at home are always tough and have pushed a lot of the top sides in this league very close. We know we have to be at it physically first and foremost before we introduce our patterns and try and implement our style of play.

“We were pretty disappointed with how we went against Llandudno last time out, so we need to ensure that we better that performance this weekend.”

Leaders Nant Conwy will aim to make it 16 wins from 16 matches as they head to Bethesda, while the match of the day sees third-placed Llandudno at home to Pwllheli, who sit second.

There are home matches for Dolgellau and Ruthin, who take on Bala and Caernarfon respectively.

The race for the Division Two North title is wide open, with five clubs still in with a shot at the championship.

A double is the target for Shotton Steel, who head to front-runners Denbigh tomorrow.

Back in December, Shotton stunned Denbigh on home soil with a 17-12 success.

Newtown welcome Nant Conwy Seconds and Rhyl & District head to Bangor.

There’s a full schedule of matches in Division Three North East, with Rhosllanerchrugog and Flint on their travels to Denbigh Seconds and Llanidloes respectively.

Wrexham Seconds have home advantage versus leaders Machynlleth, Llangollen-based Bro Gwernant head to COBRA Seconds and Bala Seconds welcome Ruthin Seconds.

RGC have been accepted into the new Welsh Elite Domestic Competition (EDC).

Nine teams will compete in the league with one further place potentially available.

Teams currently included are Aberavon, Bridgend, Carmarthen Quins, Ebbw Vale, Llandovery, Newport, Pontypool, RGC and Swansea.

This season RGC are still battling to remain outside the bottom-two in the Welsh Premiership.

Ceri Jones’ side, defeated 43-17 at high-flying Newport last time out, are on their travels again at Aberavon tomorrow.

Other fixtures: Bridgend v Ebbw Vale; Neath v Llandovery; Pontypool v Cardiff; Swansea v Carmarthen Quins.