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South West Premier
Current season or competition::
2018–19 South West Premier
England Rugby text logo.svg
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1987; 31 years ago (1987)
Number of teams 14
Country  England
Holders Dings Crusaders (2nd title) (2017–18
(promoted to National League 2 South)
Most titles Reading (3 titles)
Website England Rugby - South West Division

South West Premier (formerly National League 3 South West) is a level five league in the English rugby union system.[1] It is one of four leagues at this level, alongside London & South East Premier, Midlands Premier and North Premier. The format of the league was changed at the beginning of the 2009–10 season following reorganisation by the Rugby Football Union, and the name change from National League 3 to Premier was introduced for the 2017-18 season by the RFU in order to lessen confusion for what is a series of regional leagues.[1] South West Premier is the highest regional rugby union league covering South West England and part of South East England.

The club finishing in first place is automatically promoted to National League 2 South. The runner-up play the second placed team of London & South East Premier, with the winner also gaining promotion. Relegated teams drop down to either South West 1 East or South West 1 West (occasionally Midlands 1 West) depending on location, and other factors such as the location of relegated and promoted teams in other divisions.

Format[edit]

The season runs from September to May and comprises twenty-six rounds of matches, with each club playing each of its rivals, home and away. 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

2018–19[edit]

Participating teams[edit]

Nine of the fourteen teams participated in last season's competition. They are joined by Barnstaple, who were relegated from National League 2 South, and by three promoted sides; Drybrook, Exeter University and Old Patesians.[2][3][4][5] Dings Crusaders (champions) were promoted to National League 2 South, while relegated sides included Hornets and Lydney (both Tribute South West 1 West), and Newbury Blues (South West 1 East).

2017–18[edit]

Participating teams[edit]

Ten of the fourteen teams participated in last season's competition (when it was known as National League 3 South West). They are joined by Exmouth, who were relegated from National League 2 South, and by three promoted sides; Weston-super-Mare, Maidenhead and Newbury Blues.[6][7][8][9] Old Redcliffians (champions) were promoted to National League 2 South, while relegated teams included Launceston (Tribute South West 1 West), Salisbury (South West 1 East) and Bromsgrove (Midlands 1 West).[10][11][12][13]

2016–17[edit]

Nine of the fourteen teams participated in last season's competition. They are joined by Launceston who were relegated from National League 2 South, and by two promoted sides: Camborne and Salisbury. Exmouth (champions) and Barnstaple (play-off) were promoted to National League 2 South, while Chippenham were relegated to Tribute South West 1 West, and Old Patesians and Old Centralians to South West 1 East. To address a league imbalance due to only one team coming down from National League 2 South, both Bromsgrove and Bracknell have been level transferred into the league from National League 3 Midlands and National League 3 London & SE respectively, Bromsgrove having finished 9th and Bracknell 11th.[14][15]

Participating teams[edit]

Team Ground Capacity City/Area Previous season
Bournemouth Chapel Gate 1,500 Bournemouth, Dorset 5th
Bracknell Lily Hill 1,250 (250 seats) Bracknell, Berkshire level transfer from National League 3 London & SE (11th)
Brixham Astley Park 1,800 (300 stand) Brixham, Devon 4th
Bromsgrove Finstall Park Bromsgrove, Worcestershire level transfer from National League 3 Midlands (9th)
Camborne Recreation Ground 7,000 (780 seats) Camborne, Cornwall promoted from Tribute South West 1 West (champions)
Cleve The Hayfields Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire 9th
Dings Crusaders Landseer Avenue 1,500 Lockleaze, Bristol 10th
Hornets Hutton Moor Park[16] Weston-super-Mare, Somerset 7th
Ivybridge Cross-in-Hand Ivybridge, Devon 8th
Launceston Polson Bridge 3,000 (194 seats) Launceston, Cornwall relegated from 2015–16 National League 2 South (16th)
Lydney Regentsholm 1,500 Lydney, Gloucestershire 3rd
Newton Abbot Rackerhayes 1,150 (150 stand) Newton Abbot, Devon 11th
Old Redcliffians Scotland Lane[16] Brislington, Bristol 6th
Salisbury Castle Road 1,500 Salisbury, Wiltshire promoted from South West 1 East (play-off)

Final league table[edit]

National League 3 South West 2016–17
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 Old Redcliffians (P) 26 22 1 3 737 467 270 14 2 106
2 Ding Crusaders 26 19 0 7 676 448 228 8 3 87
3 Camborne 26 16 1 9 685 547 138 12 4 77
4 Newton Abbot 26 14 1 11 702 717 −15 11 6 75
5 Bournemouth 26 12 3 11 777 551 226 11 7 72
6 Ivybridge 26 14 0 12 646 618 28 10 5 71
7 Brixham 26 13 2 11 590 594 −4 10 5 71
8 Hornets 26 13 0 13 714 559 155 13 4 69
9 Bracknell 26 14 0 12 568 625 −57 8 4 68
10 Cleve 26 13 0 13 643 616 27 10 3 65
11 Lydney 26 10 0 16 454 653 −199 7 4 51
12 Launceston (R) 26 7 1 18 390 619 −229 2 9 41
13 Salisbury (R) 26 7 0 19 500 807 −307 4 7 39
14 Bromsgrove (R) 26 3 1 22 511 772 −261 4 11 24
  • 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: 28 April 2017
Source:[17]

Promotion play-off[edit]

Each season, the runners-up in the National League 3 London & SE, and National League 3 South West participate in a play-off for the third promotion place to National League 2 South. The team with the best playing record, in this case Wimbledon, hosted the match and destroyed their opponents Dings Crusaders 55 – 5 to win promotion.

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
Wimbledon (P) 26 23 0 3 936 399 537 21 2 115
Dings Crusaders 26 19 0 7 676 448 228 8 3 87
29 April 2017
15:00
Wimbledon 55 – 5 Dings Crusaders
Wimbledon
Dings
Beverley Meads
Attendance: 350

2015–16[edit]

Nine of the fourteen teams participated in last season's competition. They are joined by two teams relegated from National League 2 South, Dings Crusaders and Lydney; and by three promoted teams Cleve, Chippenham and Ivybridge. The teams leaving the league were the 2014–15 champions, Redingensians who were promoted to National League 2 South and the relegated teams, Chard and Weston-super-Mare to play in Tribute South West 1 West, and Oxford Harlequins to South West 1 East. Bracknell, who finished 3rd last season, transferred to National League 3 London and SE.

Participating teams[edit]

Team Ground Capacity City/Area Previous season
Barnstaple Pottington Road 2,000 (575 seats) Barnstaple, Devon 8th
Bournemouth Chapel Gate 1,500 Bournemouth, Dorset 9th
Brixham Astley Park 1,800 (300 stand) Brixham, Devon 5th
Cleve The Hayfields Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire promoted from Tribute South West 1 West (champions)
Chippenham Allington Fields Chippenham, Wiltshire promoted from South West 1 East (champions)
Dings Crusaders Landseer Avenue 1,500 Lockleaze, Bristol relegated from 2014–15 National League 2 South (16th)
Exmouth Imperial Recreation Ground 1,250 (250 stand) Exmouth, Devon 2nd
Hornets Hutton Moor Park[16] Weston-super-Mare, Somerset 6th
Ivybridge Cross-in-Hand Ivybridge, Devon promoted from Tribute South West 1 West (play-off)
Lydney Regentsholm 1,500 Lydney, Gloucestershire relegated from 2014–15 National League 2 South (14th)
Newton Abbot Rackerhayes 1,150 (150 stand) Newton Abbot, Devon 7th
Old Centralians Saintbridge Sports Centre Gloucester, Gloucestershire 4th
Old Patesians Everest Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 10th
Old Redcliffians Scotland Lane[16] Brislington, Bristol 11th

Final league table[edit]

National League 3 South West 2015–16
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 Exmouth (P) 26 21 0 5 921 466 455 17 2 103
2 Barnstaple (P) 26 20 2 4 715 378 337 12 2 98
3 Lydney 26 16 1 9 547 488 59 9 4 79
4 Brixham 26 16 0 10 553 517 36 9 4 77
5 Bournemouth 26 15 0 11 630 441 189 8 7 75
6 Old Redcliffians 26 15 2 9 474 437 37 7 4 75
7 Hornets 26 13 2 11 647 508 139 13 5 74
8 Ivybridge 26 14 0 12 518 467 51 7 7 70
9 Cleve 26 12 1 13 598 595 3 10 3 63
10 Ding Crusaders 26 11 0 15 485 568 −83 5 4 53
11 Newton Abbot 26 9 0 17 573 560 13 6 11 53
12 Old Centralians (R) 26 11 0 15 494 600 −106 6 2 52
13 Old Patesians (R) 26 3 0 23 466 950 −484 5 5 22
14 Chippenham (R) 26 2 0 24 353 999 −646 4 3 15
  • 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: 30 April 2016
Source: "National League 3 South West". England Rugby. 

Promotion play-off[edit]

Each season, the runners-up in the National League 3 London and SE, and National League 3 South West participate in a play-off for promotion to National League 2 South. The team with the best playing record, in this case Tonbridge Juddians, host the match and their opponents were Barnstaple, who won the match 30 – 31, scoring the winning points with a penalty in the last seconds of the match.[18]

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
Tonbridge Juddians 26 21 1 4 833 395 438 13 2 102
Barnstaple (P) 26 20 2 4 715 378 337 12 2 98

30 April 2016
15:00
Tonbridge Juddians 30 – 31 Barnstaple
Juddians
Barnstaple
The Slade
Attendance: 600
Referee: Matt Turvey

2014–15[edit]

Participating teams[edit]

Team Ground Capacity City/Area Previous season
Barnstaple Pottington Road 2,000 (575 seats) Barnstaple, Devon 8th
Bournemouth Chapel Gate 1,500 Bournemouth, Dorset relegated from National League 2 South
Bracknell Lily Hill Park 1,250 Bracknell, Berkshire 3rd
Brixham Astley Park 1,800 (300 stand) Brixham, Devon 7th
Chard The Park, Essex Close[16] Chard, Somerset promoted from Tribute South West 1 West
Exmouth Imperial Recreation Ground 1,250 (250 stand) Exmouth, Devon relegated from National League 2 South
Hornets Hutton Moor Park[16] Weston-super-Mare, Somerset promoted from Tribute South West 1 West
Newton Abbot Rackerhayes 1,150 (150 stand) Newton Abbot, Devon 4th
Old Centralians Saintbridge Sports Centre Gloucester, Gloucestershire 11th
Old Patesians Everest Road Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 10th
Old Redcliffians Scotland Lane[16] Brislington, Bristol 6th
Oxford Harlequins Marston Ferry Road North Hinksey, Oxfordshire promoted from South West 1 East
Redingensians Old Bath Road Sonning, Berkshire 2nd
Weston-super-Mare Recreation Ground[16] 6,000 Weston-super-Mare, Somerset 9th

Final league table[edit]

National League 3 South West 2014–15
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 Redingensians 26 22 0 4 934 359 575 18 2 108
2 Exmouth 26 21 0 5 820 426 394 13 2 99
3 Bracknell 26 17 0 9 747 565 182 13 6 87
4 Old Centralians 26 18 1 7 672 551 121 7 3 84
5 Brixham 26 17 0 9 692 577 115 12 4 84
6 Hornets 26 16 0 10 695 557 138 13 5 82
7 Newton Abbot 26 11 1 14 654 670 −16 11 7 64
8 Barnstaple 26 11 2 13 605 582 23 10 5 63
9 Bournemouth 26 11 1 14 590 630 −40 9 4 59
10 Old Patesians 26 9 1 16 533 755 −222 10 6 54
11 Old Redcliffians 26 10 2 14 439 642 −203 2 4 50
12 Weston-super-Mare 26 7 0 9 469 652 −183 5 6 39
13 Oxford Harlequins 26 6 0 20 431 825 −394 6 3 33
14 Chard 26 2 0 24 409 899 −490 2 4 14
  • 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: 4 May 2015
Source: "National League 3 South West". England Rugby. 

Promotion play-off[edit]

Each season, the runners-up in the National League 3 London and SE, and National League 3 South West participate in a play-off for promotion to National League 2 South. The team with the best playing record, in this case Exmouth, hosts the match; their opponents were Barnes and the match was played on 25 April 2015. At the end of full-time the match score was 22 – 22, and Barnes scored the only points in extra-time, to win the match 27– 22.[19]

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
Exmouth 26 21 0 5 820 426 394 13 2 99
Barnes (P) 26 19 0 7 638 492 146 13 2 91
25 April 2015
14:30
Exmouth 22 – 27 Barnes
Imperial Recreation Ground
Attendance: 1,000

After extra time (80 mins: 22 – 22)

2013–14[edit]

League winners[edit]

Relegated[edit]

Transferred[edit]

Final league table[edit]

2013–14 National League 3 South West Final Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Lydney (C) 26 24 1 1 919 385 534 20 1 119
2 Redingensians 26 20 2 4 719 363 356 16 2 102
3 Bracknell 26 19 1 6 706 425 281 14 3 95
4 Newton Abbot 26 15 0 11 663 603 60 12 3 75
5 Amersham & Chiltern RFC 26 12 1 13 595 409 186 13 6 69
6 O Redcliffians 26 14 2 10 501 500 1 6 2 68
7 Brixham 26 13 0 13 591 618 −27 10 6 68
8 Barnstaple 26 13 1 12 508 585 −77 7 2 63
9 Weston-super-Mare 26 11 0 15 612 645 –33 8 6 58
10 O Patesians 26 9 0 17 516 778 −262 9 5 50
11 O Centralians 26 9 1 16 500 640 −140 7 6 46[n 1]
12 Worcester Wanderers (R) 26 9 0 17 440 696 −256 7 3 46
13 Avonmouth Old Boys (R) 26 5 1 20 373 617 −244 2 7 31
14 Chippenham (R) 26 4 0 22 381 760 −379 5 6 27
  • 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
  1. ^ Old Centralians deducted 5 points
Green background is the promotion places. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.

Updated: 9 May 2014
Source: RFU and [20]

2012–13[edit]

2011–12[edit]

2010–11[edit]

2009–10[edit]

The first season as a national league

2007–08[edit]

Final league table[edit]

South West Division 1 Table watch · edit · discuss
Place Team Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1 Chinnor 22 19 2 1 665 317 +348 40
2 Bracknell 22 19 0 3 640 292 +348 38
3 Weston-super-Mare 22 13 1 8 496 413 +83 27
4 Cleve 22 13 0 9 469 417 +52 26
5 Bournemouth* 22 11 1 10 520 405 +115 21
6 Old Patesians 22 9 2 11 477 362 +115 20
7 Oxford Harlequins* 22 9 2 11 472 452 +20 18
8 Redingensians 22 9 0 13 403 459 -56 18
9 Coney Hill 22 9 0 13 411 534 -123 18
10 Reading 22 7 2 13 483 587 -104 16
11 Maidenhead 22 7 1 14 416 584 -168 15
12 St Ives (SW)* 22 1 1 20 158 788 -630 1
Reference rfu.com - Updated 2008-04-19 - South West 1
  • Oxford Harlequins and Bournemouth were deducted two points each for fielding ineligible players and
    St Ives were deducted two points for failing to field a team against Bracknell


South West Premier honours[edit]

In the first season of the English rugby union league pyramid, sponsored by Courage, there was four, tier five leagues. The geographical area for teams in South West Division One covered an area of south-west England from Oxfordshire and Berkshire in the east to Cornwall in the west. There were eleven teams in the league and they played each team once, giving each team ten matches. The other tier five leagues were London 1, Midlands 1 and North 1.[21] This system prevailed for five seasons, and in 1992–93 the number of teams increased from eleven to thirteen. The following season (1993–94) the league was reorganised and the four tier five leagues became two; National 5 North and National 5 South.[22] After three seasons, in 1996–97, a further reorganisation occurred, and there was a return to four, tier five leagues; with South West Division One covering the area of south-west England from Berkshire westwards.[23] This system prevailed until 2009–10 when the number of teams was increased from twelve to fourteen and renamed National League Three South West. There was a name change for the beginning of season 2017–18 when the division was renamed the South West Premier.

South West Division One[edit]

South West Division One
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated teams Reference
1987–88 11 10 Redruth High Wycombe Bournemouth [24]
1988–89 11 10 Clifton High Wycombe Torquay Athletic, Bridgwater & Albion [21]
1989–90 11 10 Maidenhead Weston-super-Mare Oxford [21]
1990–91 11 10 High Wycombe Reading Matson, Stroud, Taunton [21]
1991–92 11 10 Berry Hill Cinderford No relegation [25]
1992–93 13 12 Reading Henley Penryn [26]

National 5 South[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. South West Division One was now the name of a tier six league and was one of two feeder leagues for National 5 South, the other being London Division One.

National 5 South
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated teams Reference
1993–94 13 12 Reading Lydney Southend, Maidstone [22]
1994–95 13 12 London Welsh Lydney Sudbury, Basingstoke [27]
1995–95 13 12 Lydney Weston-super-Mare Camborne [28]

South West Division oOne[edit]

The division was renamed South West Division One and the top four divisions increased in size. Lydney was promoted to National Division Three and all of the other teams, bar Camborne, were transferred to National 4 South.

South West Division One
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated teams Reference
1996–97 12 22 Bridgwater & Albion Launceston Brixham, Camborne [29]
1997–98 12 22 Bracknell Launceston High Wycombe, St Ives [30]
1998–99 12 22 Penzance & Newlyn Launceston Salisbury [31]
1999–00 12 22 Launceston Keynsham Matson, Stroud [32]
2000–01 12 22 Old Patesians Cinderford Berry Hill, Truro, Torquay Athletic, Gloucester Old Boys [33]
2001–02 12 22 Weston-super-Mare Dings Crusaders Stroud, Maidenhead, Swanage & Warham, Dorcester [34]
2002–03 12 22 Dings Crusaders Reading Berry Hill, Marlow [35]
2003–04 12 22 Reading Cinderford Barnstaple, Truro [36]
2004–05 12 22 Cinderford Bridgwater & Albion St Mary's Old Boys, Gloucester Old Boys, Keynsham [37]
2005–06 12 22 Chinnor Clifton Penryn, Cheltenham, Spartans [38]
2006–07 12 22 Mounts Bay Cleve Chippenham, Clevedon, Reading Abbey [39]
2007–08 12 22 Chinnor Bracknell Reading, Maidenhead, St Ives [40]
2008–09 12 22 Clifton Bracknell No relegation [41]

National League 3 South West[edit]

The division was renamed National League 3 South West following a restructuring of the national leagues which led to changes at all levels.

National League 3 South West
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated teams Reference
2009–10 14 26 Taunton Old Patesians Maidenhead, Chippenham, Reading [42]
2010–11 14 26 Hartpury College Bournemouth Cleve, Coney Hill, Cheltenham [43]
2011–12 14 26 Bournemouth Chinnor Bridgwater & Albion, Newbury Blues, Old Redcliffians [44]
2012–13 14 26 London Irish Amateur Exmouth Maidenhead, Oxford Harlequins, Malvern [45]
2013–14 14 26 Lydney Redingensians Chippenham, Avonmouth Old Boys, Worcester Wanderers [46]
2014–15 14 26 Redingensians Exmouth Chard, Oxford Harlequins, Weston-super-Mare [47]
2015–16 14 26 Exmouth Barnstaple Chippenham, Old Patesians, Old Centralians [48]
2016–17 14 26 Old Redcliffians Dings Crusaders Bromsgrove, Salisbury, Launceston [49]
Green background are the promotion places.

South West Premier[edit]

For the 2017–18 season all divisions at tier 5 were renamed from National League 3 to Premier meaning that National League 3 South West became known as South West Premier.[1]

South West Premier
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated teams Reference
2017–18 14 26 Dings Crusaders Bournemouth Lydney, Hornets, Newbury Blues [50]
2018–19 14 26
Green background are the promotion places.

Promotion play-offs[edit]

Since the 2000–01 season there has been a promotion play-off game between the runners-up of London & South East Premier and South West Premier for the third and final promotion place to National League 2 South with the team with the superior league record having home advantage. As of the 2017-18 season the London and south-east teams have been most successful with twelve wins to the south-west teams six while the home side have won fourteen of the eighteen ties.

South West Premier v London & South East Premier promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance Reference
2000–01 Cinderford (SW) 26–10 Havant (LSE) Dockham Road, Cinderford, Gloucestershire
2001–02 Basingstoke (LSE) 29–13 Dings Crusaders (SW) Down Grange, Basingstoke, Hampshire [51]
2002–03 Haywards Heath (LSE) 34–21 Reading (SW) Whiteman's Green, Cuckfield, West Sussex [52][53]
2003–04 Hertford (LSE) 25–14 Cinderford (SW) Highfields, Ware, Hertfordshire [54]
2004–05 Worthing Raiders (LSE) 26–30 Bridgwater & Albion (SW) Roundstone Lane, Angmering, West Sussex 1,200 [55][56]
2005–06 Richmond (LSE) 3–12 Clifton (SW) Athletic Ground, Richmond, Greater London 1,100 [57][58]
2006–07 Ealing Trailfinders (LSE) 48–16 Cleve (SW) Trailfinders Sports Ground, Ealing, Greater London [59][60]
2007–08 Worthing Raiders (LSE) 18–5 Bracknell (SW) Roundstone Lane, Angmering, West Sussex [61][62]
2008–09 Barnes (LSE) 39–18 Bracknell (SW) Barn Elms, Barnes, Greater London [63][64]
2009–10 Old Albanian (LSE) 15–0 Old Patesians (SW) Woollam Playing Fields, St Albans, Hertfordshire [65][66]
2010–11 Hertford (LSE) 23–22 Bournemouth (SW) Highfields, Ware, Hertfordshire 1,000 [67][68]
2011–12 Chinnor (SW) 19–8 Tonbridge Juddian (LSE) Kingsey Road, Thame, Oxfordshire [69][70]
2012–13 Exmouth (SW) 21–20 Dorking (LSE) Imperial Recreation Ground, Exmouth, Devon [71][72]
2013–14 Old Elthamians (LSE) 17–10 Redingensians (SW) Queen Mary Sports Ground, Chislehurst, Kent 1,350 [73][74]
2014–15 Exmouth (SW) 22–27 (aet) Barnes (LSE) Imperial Recreation Ground, Exmouth, Devon 1,000 [75][76]
2015–16 Tonbridge Juddian (LSE) 30–31 Barnstaple (SW) The Slade, Tonbridge, Kent 600 [77][78]
2016–17 Wimbledon (LSE) 55–5 Dings Crusaders (SW) Beverley Meads, Raynes Park, Greater London 350 [79]
2017-18 Guernsey (LSE) 38–23 Bournemouth (SW) Footes Lane, Saint Peter Port, Guernsey [80]
2018-19
Green background represent the promoted teams. (LSE = London & South East teams while SW = South West teams).

Number of league titles[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ One of Reading's three league titles was won during the period when tier 5 was divided into 2 regional divisions - National 5 North and National 5 South (1993-96).
  2. ^ One of Lydney's two league titles was won during the period when tier 5 was divided into 2 regional divisions - National 5 North and National 5 South (1993-96).
  3. ^ Penzance & Newlyn are now known as the Cornish Pirates.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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