Rugby League Conference North West Premier

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The Rugby League Conference North West Premier is a division in the Rugby League Conference for teams in the North West of England.

It was first contested in 2008 following the break-up of the previous North Premier into the North West and Yorkshire Premiers.

History[edit]

The Rugby League Conference was born in 1997 as the Southern Conference, a 10-team pilot league for teams in the South of England and English Midlands. The first North West team to join the new league were the Chester Wolves; more teams from the North West joined the following season and a Northern Division was set up with teams from the North West and the North Midlands. Following a big expansion to the Rugby League Conference in 2003, the North West got its own regional division.

The Premier Division were set up in 2005 for teams who had achieved a certain playing standard and were able to travel further afield to find stronger opposition. The new Premier Divisions included the North Premier, the South Premier, the Central Premier and the Welsh Premier. The Central Premier had two Midlands clubs and the rest of the clubs were from Yorkshire or Lancashire whilst the North Premier had clubs from the North East of England and Cumbria. The Premier divisions saw a change in boundaries in 2006 leaving the North Premier division covering a larger area to give the Midlands clubs their own premier division.

The North West Premier came into existence in 2009 when the North Premier was replaced by the North West and Yorkshire Premiers.

Rugby League Conference Pyramid[edit]

Above the North West Premier is the National Division and below is the North West regional division followed by the North West Merit League.

Other Premier divisions are the South, Welsh, Midlands and Yorkshire.

2011 structure[edit]

League standings[edit]

Current Teams 2009 2010
Blackpool Sea Eagles x
Lymm RL 1st
New Broughton Rangers
Rhyl Coasters x
Runcorn RLC
Widnes West Bank Bears 1st
Wigan Riversiders

Key[edit]

DNF Did not complete the season
x Did not participate
Divisional winner
Qualified for divisional play-off
Finished bottom

Titles[edit]

Predecessor competitions[edit]

  • 2005 North Premier: West Cumbria Crusaders
  • 2005 Central Premier: Leeds Akkies
  • 2006 North Premier: East Lancashire Lions
  • 2007 North Premier: Carlisle Centurions
  • 2008 North Premier: Carlisle Centurions

North West Premier[edit]

  • 2009 Lymm RL
  • 2010 Widnes West Bank Bears

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