The 2022-2023 League Structure.

Updated: Jul 13



As you will all undoubtedly be aware the RFU has restructured the league system for the 2022-2023 season on beyond. The has been imaginatively titles “The Future Competition Structure 2022/23 In Adult Rugby”. For those who want the details, these can be found at…

https://www.englandrugby.com/news/article/approval-of-future-competition-structure-202223-in-the-adult-male-game

and at…

https://www.englandrugby.com/dxdam/10/103261af-1054-41cd-8197-00892b27b828/Adult%20Male%20Future%20Competitions%20Structure%20from%20season%202022-23.pdf?spMailingID=13829685&spUserID=MjY5ODA2ODExMjY4S0&spJobID=1772639547&spReportId=MTc3MjYzOTU0NwS2


A quick summary of the key changes to the league tree is as follows…

The Premiership (level 1)

The Championship (Level 2)

One league at National 1 (Level 3)

Three leagues at National 2 (Level 4)

Six leagues at Regional 1(Level 5)

Twelve leagues at Regional 2 (Level 6)

Eighteen leagues at Counties 1 (Level 7)

Twenty-four leagues at Counties 2 (Level 8)

Thirty-seven leagues at Counties 3 to 5 (Level 9 and below)


For us here in the East Midlands, our leagues now look like this…


Regional 1 Midlands (Level 5)

Bridgnorth

Broadstreet

Bromsgrove

Burton

Derby

Dudley Kingswinford

Kenilworth

Lichfield

Nuneaton

Oundle

Stoke on Trent

Syston


Regional 2 Midlands East (Level 6)

Kettering

Leighton Buzzard

Lutterworth

Market Harborough

Newbold on Avon

Northampton Old Scouts

Old Laurentians

Old Northamptonians

Olney

Peterborough

Peterborough Lions

Towcestrians


Counties 1 Midland East (South) (Level 7)

Bourne

Bugbrooke

Dunstablians

Long Buckby

Market Bosworth

Northampton Casuals

Oakham

St Ives (Midlands)

Stamford

Stockwood Park

Vipers

Wellingborough


Counties 2 Midland East (South) (Level 8)

Biggleswade

Daventry

Huntingdon & District

Luton

Melton Mowbray

Northampton BBOB

Northampton Mens Own

Queens

Rushden & Higham

Spalding

St Neots

Stewarts & Lloyds


Counties 3 Midland East (South) (Level 9)

Bedford Swifts

Brackley

Deepings

Rugby Lions

South Leicester

Stamford College

Thorney


Cup Rugby – Level 5 and below


A cup competition with optional mid-season entry will be introduced per level for Level 5 and below to provide a varied diet of rugby with final league position determining the competition entered (e.g. Cup, Plate, or Bowl at respective levels).

Cup competitions will take place upon completion of the league season to avoid fixture clashes. The cup competition provides an opportunity for additional home games to compensate for lost home fixtures from the reduction in the league size.

The competition format will be determined such that pools will operate at Level 5 and top tier of Level 6, and with regional knockout waterfall competitions at the bottom tier of Level 6 and for Level 7 and below, all culminating in ‘Community Game Finals’ to celebrate community rugby at prestigious locations.