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National League 2 South

 

National League 2 South

National League 2 South
Current season or competition:
2013–14 National League 2 South
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1987
Number of teams 16
Country  England
Holders Henley Hawks (2012–13)
Most titles Barking (2 titles)
Website clubs.rfu.com

National League 2 South (known before September 2009 as National Division Three South) is a level four league in the English rugby union system. It is one of two leagues at this level, with its counterpart, National League 2 North, covering the north of England. The format of the league was changed at the beginning of the 2009–10 season following reorganisation by the Rugby Football Union.

The champions are promoted to National League 1. The runners-up play in a promotion play-off with the runners-up of National League 2 North; the team with the best record having home advantage. The bottom three teams are relegated, to either National League 3 South-West or National League 3 London & SE.[1]

Participating teams in 2013–14 season

Team Ground Capacity City/Area Previous season
Ampthill Dillingham Park Ampthill, Bedfordshire promoted from National League 3 Midlands
Bishop's Stortford Silver Leys Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire promoted from National League 3 London & SE
Bournemouth Chapel Gate Bournemouth, Dorset
Cambridge West Renault Park 1,250 Cambridge relegated from National League 1
Canterbury Merton Lane Canterbury, Kent
Chinnor Kingsey Road Thame, Oxfordshire
Clifton Station Road, Cribbs Causeway Clifton, Bristol
Cornish All Blacks Polson Bridge 6,000 Launceston, Cornwall
Dings Crusaders Landseer Avenue 1,500 Lockleaze, Bristol
Exmouth Imperial Recreation Ground Exmouth, Devon
Hartpury College College Stadium 2,000 Hartpury, Gloucestershire
London Irish Amateur The Avenue Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey promoted from National League 3 South West
Redruth The Recreation Ground 12,000 Redruth, Cornwall
Shelford The Davey Field Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire
Southend Warners Bridge Park Southend, Essex
Taunton Hyde Park, Bathpool Taunton, Somerset

Current standings

2012–13 final league table

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National Two South champions

List of National Two South Champions
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1987–88 11 Askeans Sidcup Streatham/Croydon
1988–89 11 Lydney Havant Ealing, Stroud and Sidcup
1989–90 11 Metropolitan Police RFC Clifton Salisbury
1990–91 11 Redruth Basingstoke Maidenhead and Cheltenham
1991–92 11 Havant Basingstoke Ealing and Sidcup
1992–93 11 Sudbury RFC London Welsh Thurrock
1993–94 10 Clifton Harrogate Sheffield (to 5 North) and Sudbury RFC (to 5 South)
1994–95 10 Reading Rotherham Askeans (to 5 South) and Broughton Park (to 5 North)
1995–96 10 Exeter London Welsh Aspatria (to 4 North) and Plymouth Albion (to 4 South)[n 1]
1996–97 14 Newbury Henley Berry Hill RFC, High Wycombe RFC, Charlton Park and Askeans
1997–98 14 Camberley RFC Henley No relegation
1998–99 14 Bracknell Esher Havant
1999–2000 14 Esher Penzance & Newlyn Bridgwater & Albion, Norwich RFC and Metropolitan Police RFC
2000–01 14 Plymouth Albion Launceston Reading, Weston-super-Mare, Basingstoke and Cheltenham RFC
2001–02 14 Penzance & Newlyn Launceston Clifton and Cinderford
2002–03 14 Rosslyn Park Lydney Camberley RFC and Havant
2003–04 14 Blackheath Launceston Basingstoke and Old Colfeians
2004–05 14 Barking Redruth Weston-super-Mare, Tabard RFC and Haywards Heath
2005–06 14 Cambridge Bracknell and Reading
2006–07 14 Southend Westcombe Park Chinnor, Hertford and Old Patesians
2007–08 14 Mount's Bay Cinderford Clifton, North Walsham and Luton
2008–09 14 London Scottish Rosslyn Park Chinnor and Havant
2009–10 15 Barking Rosslyn Park Barnes and Bridgwater & Albion
2010–11 16 Ealing Trailfinders Jersey Canterbury, Hinckley and Newbury
2011–12 16 Old Albanians Richmond Barnes, Hertford and Westcombe Park
2012–13 15 Henley Hawks Worthing Raiders Lydney and Barking
Green background are promotion places.

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League format since 1987

Format of fourth tier rugby union leagues in England
Year Name No of teams No of matches
1987–93 Courage National Division Four North and Courage National Division Four South 11 10
1993–96 Courage National Division Four 10 18
1996–97 National Four North and
National Four South
14 26
1997–99 Jewson National Division 2 North and
Jewson National Division 2 South
14 26
1999–2009 National Division Three North and
National Division Three South
14 26
2009– National League 2 North and
National League 2 South
16 30

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See also

Notes

References

External links

  • NCA Rugby
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