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Local Leagues and Merit Tables

01 March 2002

Rugby Football Union

Local Leagues and Merit Tables for Male Adult Players in England

The RFU English Clubs' Championship caters exclusively for first teams but there are currently 70 or so competitions, other than knock-outs, that admit second third and other teams.

Blackman Action, aimed at arresting and reversing the decline in the amount of rugby being played, sees such competitions as one means of achieving this aim.

To help in the running and the establishment of leagues and merit tables the RFU is starting a page on its website, within the on-line communities section, that will list contacts and outline information regarding these competitions.

This will enable the experience already gained in running them to be shared, which should lead to improvement and the introduction of new competitions in areas that do not already have them.

If you are an organiser of such a competition please send the following information for season 2001/2002 to

Name of Competition:


Geographical Area Covered:

Restrictions on Clubs Admitted:

Restrictions onTeams Admitted:

Number of Participating Clubs:

Player Regualation:

Number of Participating Teams:

Number of Divisions:

Basis of fixtures (eg home and away playing all teams in division):

Contact name, position, telephone email:

Competition Website:


Name of Competition: Thames Valley Invitation League

Affiliation: Berkshire RFU

Geographical Area Covered: Berks, Bucks, Oxon, North Hampshire

Restrictions on Clubs Admitted: Nominally within travelling distance of 25 miles of Reading

Restrictions on Teams Admitted: Second, third, fourth teams and non-English League first teams.

Player Regulation: No registration system. Bona fide members of club or opponents who play at level of team

Number of Participating Clubs: 17

Number of Participating Teams: 34

Number of Divisions: 4

Basis of fixtures: home and away against all teams in division

Contact name, position, telephone email: Eric Moyse, Chairman, 0118 9751216,


Competition Website:



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