Henley Hawks

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Henley Hawks
Henley hawks logo.png
Full name Henley Rugby Club
Founded August 1930; 86 years ago (1930-08)
Location Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
Ground(s) Dry Leas (Capacity: 4,000)
Coach(es) Nigel Dudding
League(s) National League 2 South
2016–17 9th
Team kit
Official website
www.henleyhawks.co.uk

Henley Hawks is a rugby union club based in Henley-on-Thames and is one of the leading rugby clubs in the Thames Valley. The first team play in the fourth tier of the English league system. Promoted in 2012–13 and 2014–15 as the champions of National League 2 South, Henley have spent the last four seasons, either promoted or relegated.

History[edit]

Henley RFC was founded in August 1930 as Old Henleiensians (old boys of Henley Grammar School). After a break during the war years the club was re-founded in 1954 and changed its name to Henley RFC in 1963. It has been based at Dry Leas since then.

Recent playing record[edit]

Henley's fortunes stood still until Clive Woodward, England's future World Cup winning manager, became the 1st XV coach in 1990. His introduction of the "flat ball" philosophy was a pioneering event for British rugby and brought promotion in 1992. Henley gained a further promotion in 1994 to the National Leagues and, after Woodward departed to coach London Irish, Henley continued to play fluid rugby and two further promotions ensued (in the 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons), landing the club in what is now National Division One. Also in 1999, Henley enjoyed a record run in the Tetley's Bitter Cup, defeating the Premier 1 club Bedford in the fourth round before bowing out to Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Henley finished ninth in National One in 1999–00, seventh in 2000–01 but finished 13th in 2001–02 and were relegated to National Division Two. They regained their place in National One by finishing second in 2002–03 but two years later were relegated back into National Two. After flirting with promotion from National Division Two in season 2006–7, finishing third by one point to Launceston, the following season was little short of disastrous resulting in relegation to National Division 3 (South). Last season, 2009–10 they struggled during the middle part of the season to face further relegation worries but a good finish to the year resulted in a mid-table finish. This season has seen a large improvement on the previous season's performances especially during the middle of the year and the squad are hopeful of a top 6 finish. On 4 May 2013, Henley Hawks beat Worthing 55–27 to secure a place in National Division One for the 2013–14 season.

The Hawks squad is now coached by ex-Hawks players Steve Barnes and Pete Davies.

Current standings[edit]

2016–17 National League 2 South Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Bishop's Stortford (C) 30 25 0 5 1053 549 504 25 4 129
2 Old Elthamians (P) 30 25 0 5 1071 533 538 19 3 122
3 Chinnor 30 24 2 4 1111 546 565 21 1 122
4 Taunton Titans 30 19 3 8 901 735 166 19 4 105
5 Redruth 30 19 1 10 824 609 215 18 5 101
6 Redingensians Rams 30 16 1 13 756 618 138 12 9 87
7 Cinderford 30 16 2 12 746 725 21 16 5 84[b 1]
8 Canterbury 30 15 0 15 720 732 −12 11 7 78
9 Henley Hawks 30 13 1 16 775 840 −65 14 7 75
10 Clifton 30 14 0 16 683 843 −160 11 4 71
11 Bury St Edmunds 30 11 1 18 675 818 −143 11 7 64
12 Worthing Raiders 30 9 0 21 657 938 −281 9 8 53
13 London Irish Wild Geese 30 8 0 22 664 960 −296 14 6 52
14 Barnstaple 30 9 1 20 532 886 −354 6 7 51
15 Barnes (R) 30 6 3 21 599 817 −218 12 9 51
16 Exmouth (R) 30 3 1 26 554 1172 −618 9 6 29
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 29 April 2017
Source: "National League 2 South". NCA Rugby. 
Notes
  1. ^ *Cinderford were deducted 5 points for fielding unregistered players against Canterbury on 3 September 2016.[1]


Ground[edit]

The ground is leased from the Town Council with the unexpired portion being nearly fifty years. When the leagues were started in 1987 Henley were placed in South West II. Henley have developed a working relationship with London Wasps, who use Dry Leas for their A-team matches, and also loan squad players to Henley for development.

Honours[edit]

1st team:

3rd team:

4th team:

Notable players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club Discipline Season 2016-2017". NCA. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 

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