Surrey Rugby Football Union

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Surrey County Rugby Football Union
Association crest
Sport Rugby union
Founded 1879
President Keith Neal

The Surrey County Rugby Football Union is the union responsible for rugby union in the county of Surrey, England, and is one of the constituent bodies of the national Rugby Football Union having been formed in 1879.

History[edit]

Early years of County representative team[edit]

The earliest recorded game played by a team purporting to represent Surrey under Rugby Union auspices was played before the Surrey County Club has been formed. This was played on 21 February 1878 against Middlesex and won by Surrey with a try scored by AS Trevor.[1]

Formation of the County Club[edit]

On 22 December 1879, a meeting was held at the York Hotel, on Waterloo Road, South London (then in Surrey), at which the County Club was formed. Two fixtures were played in that season. The first was against Middlesex which turned out to be an easy win for Surrey. However, their confidence was put into check when they were soundly beaten by Yorkshire.[1]

County side[edit]

Honours[edit]

County Championship finals;

Year Winners Home Team Score Away Team Venue Notes
1896 Yorkshire Surrey 4-16 Yorkshire Richmond
1938 Lancashire Lancashire 24-12 Surrey Blundellsands
1960 Warwickshire Warwickshire 9-6 Surrey Coundon Road, Coventry
1967 Title shared after replay drawn Surrey 14-14 Durham County Twickenham
Durham County 0-0 Surrey Hartlepool
1971 Surrey Gloucestershire 3-14 Surrey Kingsholm

County Championship Shield finals;

Year Winners Score Runners-up Notes
2011 Dorset & Wilts 43 – 22 Surrey [2][3]
2012 Surrey 43 - 12 Leicestershire [4]
2013 Surrey 21 – 16 Cumbria [5]
2014 Surrey 39 - 12 Leicestershire [6]

Notable players for the County side[edit]

Many notable players have represented Surrey. The most appearances in County Championship games for the Surrey side have been by:[1]

Other famous players include:

Club sides[edit]

In 2010 Surrey had 71 full member adult clubs. In addition, many Schools and small rugby clubs are also members. There are four Surrey County leagues for the 1st XVs of member clubs. These leagues feed into the London regional leagues and form there into the National league system. There are also 'reserve leagues' and two veterans' leagues.[1]

In 2007/08 Old Cranleighan RFC, were undefeated in league matches and the highest placed Surrey rugby club in the national league system was Esher RFC (in National League 1).[1]

Presidents[edit]

The 2008/09 president of Surrey RFU is John Vale.[1]

References[edit]