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National Division Two

This article is about the rugby union competition. For the rugby league competition formerly known as National League One, see Championship (rugby league).
National League 1
Current season or competition:
2013–14 National League 1
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1987;  (1987)
Number of teams 16
Country  England
Holders Ealing Trailfinders (2012–13)
Most titles Otley (3 titles)
Website rfu.com

National League 1, (which was known before September 2009 as National Division Two), is the third level of domestic rugby union competition in England. It was known as Courage League National Division Three when founded in 1987.[1] This is the lowest level of the English rugby union league system which is nationwide. The league includes promotion for the league champion to the RFU Championship (the former National Division One) and relegation to National League 2 North or National League 2 South (formerly National Division Three North and South). The league previously consisted of fourteen semi-professional clubs, but from 2009–10 increased to sixteen after league restructuring.

With the Rugby Football Union league restructuring proposals in 2008, only one team was promoted to the new RFU Championship. There were also four relegated from the division, rising from three who moved down to the new National League 2 North or National League 2 South).

When the club system was introduced in 1987 the division was known as Division 3. Ten years later the league was restructured and the Premiership was introduced, which consisted of the top two divisions. Therefore, National 3 became the top league outside of the Premiership structure, and was renamed as National 1. In 2000–01 the Premiership was reduced to a single division and National 1 was renamed National 2. However, the 2009 restructure once again made the third tier the top flight of the national leagues following the formation of the Championship and once again the league became known as National 1.

Participating clubs 2013–14

Current standings

Original teams

When the league system was formed in 1987, the following teams participated in the league, which was known as National 3. 25 years on only one team, Fylde, is currently playing at this level.

League results

League information Start of season End of season
Season Name Teams Relegated to league Promoted to league Promoted from league Relegated from league
2005–06 National Division Two 14
2006–07 National Division Two 14 None
  • Bradford & Bingley
  • Harrogate
2007–08 National Division Two 14
2008–09 National Division Two 14
2009–10 National League 1 16
2010–11 National League 1 16
2011–12 National League 1 16
  • Ealing Trailfinders
  • Fylde
  • Jersey
  • Jersey
2012–13 National League 1 16
2013–14 National League 1 16
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD

National League 1 champions

List of National League 1 Champions
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams Ref
1987–88 12 Wakefield West Hartlepool Morley and Birmingham [2]
1988–89 12 Plymouth Albion Rugby Metropolitan Police RFC and Maidstone [3]
1989–90 12 London Scottish Wakefield London Welsh [3]
1990–91 13 West Hartlepool Morley Metropolitan Police RFC and Vale of Lune [4]
1991–92 13 Richmond Fylde Nuneaton and Lydney [5]
1992–93 12 Otley Havant Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool St Helens, Clifton, Aspatria, Askeans, Broughton Park and Plymouth Albion [6]
1993–94 10 Coventry Fylde Havant and Redruth [7]
1994–95 10 Bedford Blackheath Clifton and Exeter [8]
1995–96 10 Coventry Richmond also promoted: Rugby and Rotherham (no relegation) [9]
1996–97 16 Exeter Fylde Walsall RFC, Havant, Redruth and Clifton [10]
1997–98 14 Worcester Leeds Tykes also promoted: London Welsh and Rugby (no relegation) [11]
1998–99 14 Henley Manchester Morley and Liverpool St Helens [12]
1999–2000 14 Otley Birmingham & Solihull Reading and Blackheath [13]
2000–01 14 Orrell Plymouth Albion Rosslyn Park, Waterloo and Preston Grasshoppers [14]
2002–03 14 Penzance-Newlyn Henley Launceston, Kendal RFC and Fylde [15]
2003–04 14 Sedgley Park Nottingham Rugby and Lydney [16]
2004–05 14 Doncaster Newbury Nuneaton, Bracknell and Rosslyn Park [17]
2005–06 14 Moseley Waterloo Orrell [18]
2006–07 14 Esher Launceston Bradford & Bingley, Barking and Harrogate [19]
2007–08 14 Otley Manchester Nuneaton, Henley Hawks and Halifax [20]
2008–09 14 Birmingham & Solihull Cambridge Westcombe Park, Southend, Mounts Bay RFC and Waterloo [21]
2009–10 16 Esher London Scottish Newbury, Nuneaton and Manchester [22]
2010–11 16 London Scottish Barking Redruth, Otley and Launceston [23]
2011–12 16 Jersey Ealing Trailfinders Birmingham & Solihull, Stourbridge and Barking
2012–13 16 Ealing Trailfinders Esher Macclesfield, Sedgley Park and Cambridge [24]
Green background are promotion places.

Tier three format since 1987

Format of the third tier rugby union leagues in England
Year Name No of teams No of matches
1987–90 Courage National 3 12 11
1991–92 Courage National 3 13 12
1992–93 Courage National 3 12 11
1993–96 Courage National 3 10 18
1996–97 Courage National 3 16 30
1997–2000 Jewson National League 1 14 26
2000–09 National Division 2 14 26
2009– National Division 1 16 30

See also

References

External links

  • National Clubs Association for Leagues 1 and 2

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