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London 1 South
Current season or competition:
2018–19 London 1 South
England Rugby text logo.svg
SportRugby union
Number of teams14
Country England
HoldersCS Rugby 1863 (1st title) (2017–18)
(promoted to London & South East Premier)
Most titlesBasingstoke, Camberley, Canterbury, Haywards Heath, Sutton & Epsom, Gravesend (2 titles)
Websiteclubs.rfu.com

London 1 South is an English level 6 rugby union regional league for rugby clubs in London and the south-east of England including sides from East Sussex, south Essex, south Greater London, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex.[1] It is the feeder league for London & South East Premier into which the champion team each season is promoted. The second-placed team enters a play-off against the runner-up of London 1 North. Three teams are relegated into a mixture of London 2 South East and London 2 South West.

Structure and format[edit]

The fourteen teams play home and away matches from September through to April, making a total of twenty-six matches each. The results of the matches contribute points to the league as follows:

  • 4 points are awarded for a win
  • 2 points are awarded for a draw
  • 0 points are awarded for a loss, however
  • 1 losing (bonus) point is awarded to a team that loses a match by 7 points or fewer
  • 1 additional (bonus) point is awarded to a team scoring 4 tries or more in a match

There is one automatic promotion place, one play-off place for promotion and (usually) three relegation places. The first-placed team at the end of season wins promotion to London & South East Premier while the runner-up plays the second-placed team from London 1 North, with the winner also being promoted. The last three placed clubs are usually relegated to either London 2 South East or London 2 South West depending on location.[2]

Teams 2018–19[edit]

Teams 2017–18[edit]

2016–17[edit]

Sutton & Epsom, the current champions were promoted to National 3 London & South East for the 2016–17 season, while the second-placed team, Guildford beat Tring, the runner-up from London 1 North, in a play-off for the second promotion place. Twickenham and Charlton Park are relegated. Medway were also relegated despite finishing third due to an RFU punishment for incorrect registration of, and illegal payments to, players[3] thus granting a reprieve from relegation for Gosport and Fareham.[4]

They were replaced by Gravesend who were relegated from National 3 London & SE. Promoted into the league were national RFU Intermediate Cup champions and unbeaten league winners of London 2 South East, Tunbridge Wells[5] as well as Cobham as champions of London 2 South West and play-off winners Sevenoaks.[6] CS Rugby 1863 were transferred from London 1 North because they were the most southern team in London 1 North due of an imbalace in North and South teams in the leagues.[6]

Participating teams and locations[edit]

Team Ground City/Area Previous season
Brighton Waterhall Brighton, East Sussex 5th
Chiswick Dukes Meadows Chiswick, Hounslow, London 10th
Chobham Fowlers Wells Chobham, Surrey 8th
Cobham Old Surbitonians Memorial Ground Cobham, Surrey promoted from London 2 South West as champions
CS Rugby 1863 King's House Sports Ground Chiswick, London level transferred from London 1 North
Dover Crabble Athletic Ground Dover, Kent 11th
Gosport & Fareham Gosport Park Gosport, Hampshire 12th
Gravesend Donald Biggs Drive Gravesend, Kent relegated from National League 3 London & SE
Havant Hook's Lane Havant, Hampshire 9th
Maidstone William Day Memorial Ground Maidstone, Kent 6th
Sevenoaks Knole Paddock Sevenoaks, Kent promoted from London 2 South East via play-off
Sidcup Crescent Farm Sidcup, Kent 4th
Tottonians Water Lane Totton, Hampshire 7th
Tunbridge Wells St Marks Recreation Ground Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent promoted from London 2 South East as champions

2015–16[edit]

Participating teams and locations[edit]

Team Ground City/Area Previous season
Brighton Waterhall Brighton, East Sussex 6th
Charlton Park Broad Walk Kidbrooke, London 8th
Chiswick Dukes Meadows Chiswick, London promoted from London 2 North West via play-off
Chobham Fowlers Wells Chobham, Surrey 2nd
Dover Crabble Athletic Ground Dover, Kent 10th
Gosport & Fareham Gosport Park Gosport, Hampshire 9th
Guildford Broadwater Sports Club Farncombe, Surrey 5th
Havant Hook's Lane Havant, Hampshire 7th
Maidstone William Davey Memorial Ground Maidstone, Kent promoted from London 2 South East as champions
Medway Priestfields Recreation Ground Rochester, Kent promoted from London 2 South East via play-off
Sidcup Crescent Farm Sidcup, Kent 4th
Sutton & Epsom Rugby Lane Cheam, London 3rd
Tottonians Water Lane Totton, Hampshire promoted from London 2 South West as champions
Twickenham Parkfields Hampton, London 11th

Final league table[edit]

2015–16 London 1 South Table watch · edit · discuss
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 Sutton & Epsom (C) 26 23 1 2 853 415 438 17 1 112
2 Guildford (P) 26 20 0 6 802 481 321 15 3 98
3 Medway (R)[7] 26 19 0 7 710 494 216 12 3 91
4 Sidcup 26 18 1 7 735 477 258 13 4 91
5 Brighton 26 16 0 10 661 480 181 13 7 84
6 Maidstone 26 16 2 8 733 541 192 11 1 80
7 Tottonans 26 16 0 10 741 464 277 12 3 79
8 Chobham 26 13 0 13 720 598 122 13 8 73
9 Havant 26 12 0 14 724 688 36 13 7 68
10 Chiswick 26 10 1 15 496 707 −211 5 2 49
11 Dover 26 6 0 20 425 748 −323 6 7 37
12 Gosport & Fareham 26 5 0 21 458 959 −501 8 1 29
13 Twickenham (R) 26 2 0 24 424 859 −435 7 6 21
14 Charlton Park (R) 26 3 1 22 413 984 −571 2 4 20

  • 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: 12 June 2016
Source: 2014–15

Promotion play-off[edit]

Each season, the runners-up in London 1 South and London 1 North participate in a play-off for promotion to National 3 London & SE. The team with the best playing record, in this case Tring, from London 1 North, was the home team and the away team Guildford, won the match 26 – 21, with a try in the 79th minute.[8][9]

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
Tring 26 23 0 3 987 360 627 17 0 109
Guildford (P) 26 20 0 6 802 481 321 15 3 98

30 April 2016
15:00
Tring 21 – 26 Guildford
Tring Rangers
Guildford
Pendley Sports Centre
Attendance: 700

2014–15[edit]

Participating teams and locations[edit]

2013–14[edit]

Participating teams and locations[edit]

2012–13[edit]

Participating teams and locations[edit]

2011–12[edit]

Participating teams and locations[edit]

London 1 South honours[edit]

In the first season of the English rugby union league pyramid, sponsored by Courage, there was six, tier six leagues. The initial name was London 2 South and was for teams based in London and the counties of Hampshire, Kent, Sussex and Surrey. There was eleven teams in the league and each team played one match against each of the other teams, giving each team five home matches and five away matches.The winning team was awarded two points, and there was one point for each team in a drawn match.[10]

London 2 South[edit]

London 2 South
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated teams Reference
1987–88 11 10 Basingstoke Old Mid-Whitgiftian Portsmouth, Old Juddian [10]
1988–89 11 10 Old Alleynian Worthing Purley, KCS Old Boys, Old Reigatian [10]
1989–90 11 10 Old Mid-Whitgiftian Camberley Alton [10]
1990–91 11 10 Dorking Westcombe Park Dartfordians, Old Brockdelans [11]
1991–92 11 10 Old Colfeians Guildford & Godalming Tunbridge Wells [12]
1992–93 13 12 Camberley Westcombe Park No relegation[a 1] [13]

London 1[edit]

The top six teams from London Division One and the top six from South West Division One were combined to create National 5 South. A new level six league was created by combining the top six from London 1 North and London 1 South which became one of two feeder leagues for National 5 South; the other being South West 1.

London 1
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated teams Reference
1993–94 13 12 Barking Ealing Thurrock, Dorking, Old Alleynian [14]
1994–95 13 12 Camberley Esher Streatham-Croydon, Eton Manor, Maidstone [15]
1995–96 13 12 Charlton Park Southend Ealing

London 2 South[edit]

After only three seasons the level five National 5 South was split and renamed London Division One and South West Division One. The top four divisions increased in size and London 2 South and London 2 North were once more level six leagues.[16]

London 2 South
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated teams Reference
1996–97 13 12 Thanet Wanderers Gravesend No relegation[a 2] [17]
1997–98 16 15 Westcombe Park Winchester Old Reigatian, Streatham-Croydon, (Brockleians fixtures expunged) [18]
1998–99 15 14 Winchester Sevenoaks No relegation[a 3] [19]
1999–00 17 16 Canterbury Haywards Heath Multiple teams[a 4] [20]
2000–01 12 22 Haywards Heath Canterbury Tonbridge Juddian, Alton, Old Guildfordians [21]
2001–02 12 22 Canterbury Portsmouth Gravesend, Guildford & Godalming [22]
2002–03 12 22 Worthing Portsmouth Sevenoaks, Effingham & Leatherhead, Maidstone [23]
2003–04 12 22 Richmond Barnes Cobham, Andover, Winchester [24]
2004–05 12 22 Barnes Portsmouth Camberley, Tunbridge Wells, Dartfordians [25]
2005–06 12 22 Portsmouth Guildford Old Mid-Whitgiftian, Sidcup, Gosport & Fareham [26]
2006–07 12 22 Sutton & Epsom Thanet Wanderers London Irish Amateur, Lewes, Andover [27]
2007–08 12 22 Haywards Heath Jersey Sevenoaks, Wimbledon, Guildford [28]
2008–09 12 22 Basingstoke Dorking No relegation[a 5] [29]

London 1 South[edit]

London 1 South
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2009–10 14 26 Gravesend Dover Aylesford Bulls, Maidstone, Old Elthamians [30]
2010–11 14 26 Tonbridge Juddians London Irish Amateur Tunbridge Wells, Wimbledon [31]
2011–12 14 26 Guernsey Old Elthamians Sutton & Epsom, Thanet Wanderers, Portsmouth [32]
2012–13 14 26 East Grinstead Basingstoke Old Colfeians, Trojans, Gosport & Fareham [33]
2013–14 14 26 Gravesend Chichester Haywards Heath, Staines, Beckenham [34]
2014–15 14 26 Wimbledon Chobham Basingstoke, Hove, Cobham [35]
2015–16 14 26 Sutton & Epsom Guildford Charlton Park, Twickenham, Medway [36]
2016–17 14 26 Sidcup Tunbridge Wells Gosport and Fareham, Dover, Chiswick [37]
2017–18 14 26 CS Rugby 1863 Medway Gravesend, Maidstone, Old Colfeians [38]
2018–19 14 26
Green background are the promotion places.

Promotion play-offs[edit]

Since the 2000–01 season there has been a play-off between the runners-up of London 1 North and London 1 South for the third and final promotion place to London & South East Premier. The team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. At the end of the 2017–18 season the London 1 South teams have been the most successful with ten wins to the London 1 North teams eight; and the home team has won promotion on thirteen occasions compared to the away teams five.

London 1 (north v south) promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000-01[39] Canterbury (S) 21-27 London Nigerian (N) Merton Lane, Canterbury, Kent
2001-02[40] Southend (N) 37-15 Portsmouth (S) Warners Bridge Park, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
2002-03[41] Old Albanian (2nd XV) (N) 28-12 Portsmouth (S) Woollam Playing Fields, St Albans, Hertfordshire
2003-04[42] Cambridge (N) 21-19 Barnes (S) Grantchester Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
2004-05[43] Staines (N) 55-12 Portsmouth (S) The Reeves, Hanworth, Greater London
2005-06[44] Guildford (S) 27-14 CS Rugby 1863 (N) Broadwater Sports Club, Farncombe, Surrey
2006-07[45] Tring (N) 7-20 Thanet Wanderers (S) Cow Lane, Tring, Hertfordshire
2007-08[46] Jersey (S) 15-0 Staines (S) St. Peter, Saint Peter, Jersey
2008-09[47] Staines (N) 7-11 Dorking (S) The Reeves, Hanworth, Greater London
2009-10[48] Civil Service (N) 31-14 Dover (S) King's House Sports Ground, Chiswick, Greater London
2010-11[49] London Irish Wild Geese (S) 21-14 Sidcup (N) Hazelwood, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey 1,000
2011-12[50] Old Elthamians (S) 16-8 Colchester (N) Foxbury Avenue, Chislehurst, Greater London 600
2012-13[51] Basingstoke (S) 27-3 Eton Manor (N) Down Grange, Basingstoke, Hampshire
2013-14[52] Chichester (S) 25-16 Eton Manor (N) Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex
2014-15[53] Eton Manor (N) 17-14 Chobham (S) The New Wilderness, Redbridge, London 400
2015-16[54] Tring (N) 21-26 Guildford (S) Cow Lane, Tring, Hertfordshire 700
2016–17[55] Chingford (N) 33-35 Tunbridge Wells (S) Lea Valley Playing Fields, Chingford, London 500
2017-18[56] Chingford (N) 21-17 Medway (S) Lea Valley Playing Fields, Chingford, London 500[57]
2018-19
Green background is the promoted team. N = London 1 North (formerly London 2 North) and S = London 1 South (formerly London 2 South).

Number of league titles[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ US Portsmouth finished in last place but there was no relegation due to a restructuring of the league system across all levels.
  2. ^ Brockleians finished in last place but there was no relegation this season.
  3. ^ Askean finished in last place but there was no relegation due to expansion of league from 15 to 17 teams for the following season.
  4. ^ Askean, Warlington, Dorking, Charlton Park, Lewes, Old Blues and Old Wimbledonians were the relegated teams this year. A restructuring of the league system including a reduction of this division from 17 teams to 12 resulting in more teams relegated than usual.
  5. ^ Maidstone finished in last place but no relegation due to national restructuring of the league system leading to changes at all levels.
  6. ^ One of Camberley's league titles was won when the league was known as London 1.
  7. ^ Barking's league title was won when the league was known as London 1.
  8. ^ Charlton Park's league title was won when the league was known as London 1.

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