List of English rugby union teams

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The English rugby union league pyramid is topped by the Premiership. Below this are the Championship and National Leagues 1 to 3. Below this, the structure is split geographically into four regions: Midlands, North, London and South East, and South West. With the exception of the Midlands leagues, which only has regional splits, below these regional leagues are county leagues (e.g. Sussex, Kent, Hampshire). The county leagues are the lowest levels in the English game.

Structure[edit]

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

Aviva Premiership Rugby
(English Premiership)
12 clubs

2

Greene King IPA Championship
(RFU Championship)
12 clubs

3

National League 1
16 clubs

4

National League 2 North
16 clubs

National League 2 South
16 clubs

5

National League 3 Midlands
14 clubs

National League 3 North
14 clubs

National League 3 South-East
14 clubs

National League 3 South-West
14 clubs

6

Midlands 1 West
14 clubs

Midlands 1 East
14 clubs

North 1 East
14 clubs

North 1 West
14 clubs

London 1 North
14 clubs

London 1 South
14 clubs

South West 1 West
14 clubs

South West 1 East
14 clubs

7

Midlands 2 West (North)
Midlands 2 West (South)
Midlands 2 East (North)
Midlands 2 East (South)

North Lancashire/Cumbria
South Lancashire/Cheshire 1
Durham/Northumberland 1
Yorkshire 1

London 2 North East
London 2 North West
London 2 South East
London 2 South West

Tribute Western Counties North
Tribute Western Counties West
Southern Counties South
Southern Counties North

8

Midlands 3 West (North)
Midlands 3 West (South)
Midlands 3 East (North)
Midlands 3 East (South)

Cumbria League
Lancashire (North)
South Lancashire/Cheshire 2
Durham/Northumberland 2
Yorkshire 2

London 3 North East
London 3 North West
London 3 South East
London 3 South West

Tribute Somerset Premier
Gloucester Premier
Tribute Cornwall/Devon
Dorset & Wilts 1 North
Dorset & Wilts 1 South
Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier

9

Midlands 4 West (North)
Midlands 4 West (South)
Midlands 4 East (North)
Midlands 4 East (South)

South Lancashire/Cheshire 3
Durham/Northumberland 3
Yorkshire 3

Eastern Counties 1
Herts/Middlesex 1
Essex 1
Kent 1
Sussex 1
Surrey 1
Hampshire 1

Somerset 1
Gloucester 1
Tribute Cornwall 1
Tribute Devon 1
Dorset & Wilts 2 North
Dorset & Wilts 2 South
Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship

10

Midlands 5 West (North)
Midlands 5 West (South)
Midlands 5 East (North)

Yorkshire 4

Eastern Counties 2
Herts/Middlesex 2
Essex 2
Kent 2
Surrey 2
Hampshire 2

Somerset 2 North
Somerset 2 South
Gloucester 2
Tribute Cornwall 2
Tribute Devon 2
Dorset & Wilts 3 North
Dorset & Wilts 3 South
Berks/Bucks & Oxon 2

11

n/a

Yorkshire 5

Surrey 3
Eastern Counties 3

Somerset 3 North
Somerset 3 South
Gloucester 3
Dorset & Wilts 4
Berks/Bucks & Oxon 3

12

n/a

n/a

Surrey 4
Eastern Counties 4

n/a

Premiership[edit]

RFU Championship[edit]

National League 1[edit]

National League 2[edit]

National League 2 North[edit]

National League 2 South[edit]

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