Southern Counties South

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Southern Counties South
Current season or competition:
2018–19 Southern Counties South
England Rugby text logo.svg
SportRugby union
Number of teams12
Country England
HoldersTrowbridge (2nd title) (2017–18)
(promoted to South West 1 East)
Most titlesWimborne (3 titles)
Websiteenglandrugby.com

Southern Counties South is a league in the Rugby Football Union South West Division, the rugby union governing body for South West England, part of the Rugby Football Union. The league sits at the seventh tier of club rugby union in England and primarily features teams based in Dorset and Wiltshire. The league champions at the end of the season are promoted to South West 1 East while the runners up face the runners up from Southern Counties North for their place. Relegated teams tend to drop to either Dorset & Wilts 1 North or Dorset & Wilts 1 South depending on geographic placement. Although 2nd XV rugby is part of of the Dorset & Wilts regional leagues, only 1st XV teams can play in Southern Counties South.

Teams affiliated with the Dorset & Wilts RFU who play in Southern Counties South also participate in the RFU Intermediate Cup - a national competition for clubs at level 7.

2018-19[edit]

Participating teams[edit]

2017-18[edit]

Participating teams[edit]

2016-17[edit]

Participating teams[edit]

Season 2015–16[edit]

The 2015–16 Southern Counties South consists of twelve teams; four each from Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. The season started on 12 September 2015 and ended on 23 April 2016.

Participating teams[edit]

Eight of the twelve teams participated in last season's competition. The 2014–15 champions Swanage & Wareham and runners up Salisbury (who won their playoff game) were promoted to the South West 1 East while Supermarine and Corsham were both relegated to Dorset & Wilts 1 North. Wootton Bassett were level transferred from Southern Counties North.

Team Ground Capacity Town/Village Previous season
Bradford-on-Avon Broom Ground Winsley, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire 10th
Devizes The Sports Club Devizes, Wiltshire Relegated from South West 1 East (12th)
Dorchester Coburg Road Dorchester, Dorset 9th
Dorset Dockers Potterne Park Verwood, Dorset Promoted from Dorset & Wilts 1 South (champions)
Frome Gypsy Lane Frome, Somerset 6th
Marlborough The Common Marlborough, Wiltshire Promoted from Dorset & Wilts 1 North (champions)
Midsomer Norton Norton Down Playing Fields Midsomer Norton, Somerset 7th
North Dorset Slaughtergate 1,000 Gillingham, Dorset 4th
Royal Wootton Bassett Ballard’s Ash Sports Ground Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire Transferred from Southern Counties North (3rd)
Sherborne Gainsborough Park Sherborne, Dorset 3rd
Walcot Albert Field Lansdown, Bath, Somerset 5th
Wimborne Leigh Park Wimborne, Dorset 8th

League Table 2015-16[edit]

Team P W D L Points For Points Against +/- Try Bonus Points Losing Bonus Points League Points
1 Royal Wootton Bassett 22 19 0 3 640 223 417 13 3 92
2 Midsomer Norton 22 16 1 5 643 297 346 14 3 83
3 North Dorset 22 15 1 6 712 365 347 13 5 80
4 Devizes 22 14 0 8 462 322 140 10 4 71
5 Sherborne 22 14 1 7 619 392 227 9 3 70
6 Marlborough 22 14 0 8 491 391 100 7 5 68
7 Dorset Dockers 22 10 1 11 506 555 -49 9 2 54
8 Walcot 22 7 1 14 467 561 -94 6 2 38
9 Wimborne 22 6 2 14 406 577 -171 7 3 38
10 Frome 22 7 0 15 324 664 -340 4 4 31
11 Bradford-on-Avon 22 3 1 18 255 691 -436 3 3 20
12 Dorchester 22 3 0 19 284 771 -487 4 0 11

Teams 2014-15[edit]

Teams 2013-14[edit]

Teams 2012-13[edit]

  • Corsham
  • Devizes
  • Dorchester
  • Frome
  • Oakmeadians
  • Sherborne
  • Supermarine
  • Trowbridge
  • Walcott
  • Weymouth
  • Wimborne
  • Wootton Bassett

Teams 2009-10[edit]

Southern Counties South Honours[edit]

Southern Counties South Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams League Name
1998-99[1] 10 Chippenham Royal Wootton Bassett Blandford, North Dorset, Swindon Southern Counties South
1999-00[2] 10 Tadley Windsor Sherborne Southern Counties South
2000-01[3] 9 Redingensians Salisbury No relegation Southern Counties South
2001-02[4] 10 Wimborne Oakmeadians Melksham, Corsham, Swindon College Old Boys Southern Counties South
2002-03[5] 10 Frome Oakmeadians Calne Southern Counties South
2003-04[6] 9 Ivel Barbarians Tadley Westbury Southern Counties South
2004-05[7] 12 Bournemouth Frome Minety, Bradford-on-Avon Southern Counties South
2005-06[8] 12 Frome Oldfield Old Boys Blandford, Corsham Southern Counties South
2006-07[9] 12 Walcot Royal Wootton Bassett Melksham, Bridport Southern Counties South
2007-08[10] 12 Trowbridge Royal Wootton Bassett Devizes, Dorchester Southern Counties South
2008-09[11] 12 Oakmeadians Royal Wootton Bassett No relegation Southern Counties South
2009-10[12] 12 Wimborne Frome Ivel Barbarians, Minety Southern Counties South
2010-11[13] 12 Salisbury Oldfield Old Boys Bradford-on-Avon, Bridport, Marlborough Southern Counties South
2011-12[14] 12 North Dorset Dorchester Melksham, Blandford Southern Counties South
2012-13[15] 12 Devizes Trowbridge Supermarine, Oakmeadians Southern Counties South
2013-14[16] 12 Wells Trowbridge Ivel Barbarians Southern Counties South
2014-15[17] 12 Swanage & Wareham Salisbury Supermarine, Corsham Southern Counties South
2015-16[18] 12 Wootton Bassett Midsomer Norton Dorchester, Bradford-on-Avon Southern Counties South
2016-17[19] 12 Wimborne Trowbridge Dorset Dockers, Combe Down Southern Counties South
2017-18[20] 12 Trowbridge Marlborough Blandford, Swanage & Wareham Wadworth 6X Southern Counties South
2018–19 12
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Promotion play-offs[edit]

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

Southern Counties North v Southern Counties South promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000–01[21] Salisbury (S) 49-20 Grove (N) Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire
2001–02[22] Grove (N) 30-13 Oakmeadians (S) Recreation Lane, Grove, Oxfordshire
2002–03[23] Oakmeadians (S) 24-17 Aylesbury (N) Meryick Park, Bournemouth, Dorset
2003–04[24] Amersham & Chiltern (N)[a 1] Tadley (S) Ash Grove, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
2004–05[25] Frome (S) 12-38 Henley Wanderers (N) Gypsy Lane, Frome, Somerset
2005–06[26] Oldfield Old Boys (S) 32-33 Swindon (N) Shaft Road, Monkton Combe, Somerset
2006–07[27] Wootton Bassett (S) 17-20 Tadley (N) Ballards Ash Sports Ground, Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire
2007–08[28] Wallingford (N) 22-3 Wootton Bassett (S) Wallingford Sports Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire
2008–09[29] Marlow (N) 18-15 Wootton Bassett (S) Riverwoods Drive, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
2009–10[30] Amersham & Chiltern (N) 45-12 Frome (S) Ash Grove, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
2010–11[31] Aylesbury (N) 10-39 Oldfield Old Boys (S) Ostler's Field, Weston Turville, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
2011–12[32] Windsor (N) 22-15 Dorcester (S) Home Park, Windsor, Berkshire
2012–13[33] Grove (N) 39-20 Trowbridge (S) Recreation Lane, Grove, Oxfordshire
2013–14[34] Trowbridge (S) 27-19 Aylesbury (N) Doric Park, Hilperton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
2014–15[35] Salisbury (S) 34-16 Aylesbury (N) Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire
2015–16[36] Midsomer Norton (S) 29-22 Aylesbury (N) Norton Down Playing Fields, Midsomer Norton, Somerset
2016–17[37] Bicester (N) 53-20 Trowbridge (S) Oxford Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire
2017–18[38] Windsor (N) 29-31 Marlborough (S) Home Park, Windsor, Berkshire
2018–19
Green background is the promoted team. N = Southern Counties North and S = Southern Counties South

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The result of the 2003-04 playoff between Amersham & Chiltern and Tadley is unknown due to all the south-west promotion playoff games from this season missing from the RFU website. However, as Amersham & Chiltern were in the higher division the next season (and Tadley were not) it is assumed they won the playoff game. Amersham & Chiltern would also have hosted the game as they had a better points record in their league than Tadley did in theirs.

Number of league titles[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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