County Championship Shield

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For the top tier of the English Counties competition, see County Championship (rugby union). For the second tier of the English Counties competition, see County Championship Plate.
County Championship Shield
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2014-15 County Championship Shield
Sport Rugby union
Founded 2005
Inaugural season 2005
No. of teams 12
Country England
Most recent champion(s) Leicestershire (2015)
Most titles Surrey (4)
Related competitions Bill Beaumont Cup

The County Championship Shield was formed in 2005 when it known as the County Championship Plate[1] (a competition which is now played by tier 2 sides) - changing to its current name by 2010. It is contested by third tier teams in the RFU County Championship and involve three groups of four teams. From 2010 the County Championship Shield involves counties that are only able to select players from clubs at level five and below. The twelve teams involved are divided roughly on geographic terms into three pools and play each other once either home or away, with the top teams in each pool progressing to the semi–finals.[2][3] There is no formal promotion and relegation between the County Championship Shield and the higher competition for the County Championship (Bill Beaumont Cup) and County Championship Plate but Surrey moved up into the higher competition from the 2014-15 season after winning the Shield three times in succession.[4]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Winners Score Runner-up Attendance Venue Notes
2005 29 May Surrey 29 - 18 Somerset Twickenham Stadium, London [5][1]
2006 29 May Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire 21 - 17 Oxfordshire Twickenham Stadium, London [6][7]
2007 25 May Durham 30 - 20 Eastern Counties The New Friarage, Hartlepool [8][9]
2008 24 May Hampshire 22 - 12 Leicestershire Aldershot Military Stadium, Aldershot [10][11]
2009 30 May Durham 29 - 14 Kent Blackwell Meadows, Darlington[12] [13][14]
2010[n 1] 29 May Dorset & Wilts 36 – 26 Leicestershire Twickenham Stadium, London [15]
2011 28 May Dorset & Wilts 43 – 22 Surrey Twickenham Stadium, London [16][17]
2012 27 May Surrey 43 - 12 Leicestershire Twickenham Stadium, London [18]
2013 26 May Surrey 21 – 16 Cumbria Twickenham Stadium, London [19]
2014 01 June Surrey 39 - 12 Leicestershire Twickenham Stadium, London [20]
2015 31 May Leicestershire 34 - 17 Cumbria Twickenham Stadium, London [21]
  1. ^ Changed named from County Championship Plate to County Championship Shield.

Number of wins[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Surrey take County Championship Plate". ESPN. 29 May 2005. 
  2. ^ http://www.rfu.com/ManagingRugby/CompetitionsAndTournaments/CountyChampionships.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.rfu.com/~/media/Files/2011/Fixtures_Results/201011%20CC%20RESULTS.ashx
  4. ^ "Surrey Enters The Bill Beaumont Cup". Surrey Rugby. 30 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "County Championship Plate Final 2005". englandrugby.com. 29 May 2005. 
  6. ^ "County Championship Plate Final 2006". englandrugby.com. 29 May 2006. 
  7. ^ "RUGBY: Lions man scores try at Twickenham". Portsmouth News. 30 May 2006. 
  8. ^ "County Championship Plate rugby final previews". Hartlepool Mail. 25 May 2007. 
  9. ^ "The 2007 County Championship Plate Final". Durham Rugby. 28 May 2007. 
  10. ^ "County Championship Plate Final 2008". englandrugby.com. 24 May 2008. 
  11. ^ "’Stoke men star in historic win". Basingstoke Gazette. 27 May 2008. 
  12. ^ "Durham v Kent RFU County Champianship". flickr.com. 30 May 2009. 
  13. ^ "County Championship Plate Final 2009". englandrugby.com. 30 May 2009. 
  14. ^ "County Chamionship Plate Final 2009 vs Kent". Durham Rugby. 30 May 2009. 
  15. ^ http://www.rfu.com/News/2010/May/News%20Articles/300510_dorset_county_shield.aspx?a=1&y=2010
  16. ^ http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/sport/9055062.Rugby__Dorset___Wilts_enjoy_Twickenham_triumph/
  17. ^ "Dorset & Wilts claim Shield win". BBC News. 29 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "Leicester Aim for Shield Success". RFU. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Surrey retain County Championship Shield". RFU. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "Surrey finish strongly to seal hat-trick". rfu.com. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Fixtures & Results County Championships". England Rugby. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 

See also[edit]

2011_results.pdf