Bill Beaumont County Championship Division 2

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Bill Beaumont County Championship Division 2
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 Bill Beaumont County Championship Division 2
SportRugby union
Founded2002; 17 years ago (2002)
No. of teams8
CountryEngland
Most recent
champion(s)
Leicestershire (2019) (2nd title)
Most titlesNorthumberland (4)
Related
competitions
Bill Beaumont Division 1
Bill Beaumont Division 2

The Bill Beaumont County Championship Division 2 (formerly known as County Championship Plate) is an annual rugby union competition in England between teams representing English counties. It was formed in 2002 as the County Championship Shield (a competition which is now played by tier 3 sides) - changing to Plate by 2010 and then to Bill Beaumont Division 2 by 2017.[1][2] Division 2 is contested for by second tier teams in the RFU County Championship. Each county draws its players from rugby union clubs from the third tier and below of the English rugby union league system (typically National League 1, National League 2 North or National League 2 South).

Division 2 is split into two regional groups (north) and (south) with each team playing one or two home games and the top teams in each group meeting in the final to be held at Twickenham Stadium along with other county divisional finals. Since 2017 promotion and relegation occurs over two years as opposed to one, using a system of accumulative points from pool games to determine who goes up or down. Currently the top two sides in Division 2 over the two years (one from each regional group) go up to tier 1 while the bottom two sides (again one from each regional group) are relegated to tier 3.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Winners Score Runner-up Venue Attendance/Notes
2002 2nd June Warwickshire 34 - 12 Berkshire Twickenham Stadium, London [3]
2003 25th May Northumberland 27 - 8 Oxfordshire Twickenham Stadium, London [4]
2004 29th May North Midlands 58 - 5 Eastern Counties Twickenham Stadium, London [5][6]
2005 29 May Hertfordshire 20 - 13 North Midlands Twickenham Stadium, London [7][8]
2006 29 May Cheshire 32 - 17 Middlesex Twickenham Stadium, London [9][10]
2007 27 May Warwickshire 22 - 8 Somerset Butts Park Arena, Coventry [11][12]
2008 31 May Northumberland 25 – 11 Cornwall Twickenham Stadium, London 1,500[13][14]
2009 30 May Cheshire 30 - 22 Hertfordshire Twickenham Stadium, London [15]
2010[n 1] 29 May Kent 33 - 27 Warwickshire Rectory Field, London [16][17]
2011 28 May Northumberland 31 - 17 North Midlands Greensfield, Alnwick [18][19]
2012 No Final[n 2]
2013 26 May Northumberland 45 - 10 North Midlands Twickenham Stadium, London [20][21]
2014 1 June Kent 31 - 23 Durham County Twickenham Stadium, London [22][23]
2015 31 May Surrey 17 - 3 Eastern Counties Twickenham Stadium, London [24]
2016 29 May East Midlands 33 - 27 Kent Twickenham Stadium, London [25]
2017[n 3] 28 May Leicestershire 39 - 7 Hampshire Twickenham Stadium, London
2018 27 May Durham County 46 - 12 Warwickshire Twickenham Stadium, London
2019 8 June Leicestershire 38 - 13 Surrey Twickenham Stadium, London

Number of wins[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Changed name from County Championship Shield to County Championship Plate.
  2. ^ This season there was no Plate final for the division two teams only promotion for the top sides in each group.
  3. ^ Changed name from County Championship Plate to Bill Beaumont Division 2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WRFU Handbook. - Warwickshire Society of Referees" (PDF). Warwickshire RFU. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  2. ^ "County Championships renamed to honour rugby legends". England Rugby. 27 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Berks leave Twickenham with heads held high". Chronicle Live. 5 June 2002.
  4. ^ "Guthrie beats Twickers jinx". Chronicle Live. 26 May 2003.
  5. ^ "Tetley's County Shield 2004". englandrugby.com. 29 May 2004.
  6. ^ "RUGBY: Twickenham heartache". Bury Free Press. 3 June 2004.
  7. ^ "County Championship Shield Final 2005". englandrugby.com. 29 May 2005.
  8. ^ "Herts rule Twickenham". Herts and Essex Observer. 2 June 2005.
  9. ^ "County Championship Shield Final 2006". englandrugby.com. 29 May 2006.
  10. ^ "Cheshire singing the Blues after final success". Macclesfield Express. 31 May 2006.
  11. ^ "County Championship Shield Final 2007". englandrugby.com. 27 May 2007.
  12. ^ "County stand tall to regain shield". Coventry Telegraph. 28 May 2007.
  13. ^ Caddy, Mike (5 June 2008). "Twickers nemesis continues for below-par Duchy". The Cornishman.
  14. ^ "County Championship Shield Final 2008". www.englandrugby.com. 31 May 2008.
  15. ^ "Rugby union: Cheshire lift County Championship Shield in thrilling final at Twickenham". Chester Chronicle. 3 June 2009.
  16. ^ "Division 2 Plate Final 2010". englandrugby.com. 29 May 2010.
  17. ^ "Warwickshire V Kent - County Championship Plate Final". rugbynetwork.net. 28 May 2010.
  18. ^ "Division 2 Plate Final 2011". englandrugby.com. 28 May 2011.
  19. ^ "Northumberland Win Plate". englandrugby.com. 28 May 2011.
  20. ^ "Division 2 Plate Final 2013". englandrugby.com. 26 May 2013.
  21. ^ "North Midlands 10 Northumberland 45". yoursportpages.com. 27 May 2013.
  22. ^ "Division 2 Plate Final 2014". englandrugby.com. 1 June 2014.
  23. ^ "Kent 31-23 Durham". newsshopper.co.uk. 3 June 2014.
  24. ^ "Super Surrey make it four from four". England Rugby. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  25. ^ "Rugby: Bedfordshire players inspire East Midlands to Twickenham triumph". Bedfordshire News. 29 May 2016.

See also[edit]

2011_results.pdf