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Merit Leagues / New Central Merit League announced for 2021-22
« on: June 16, 2021, 10:03:09 AM »
New merit league announced - Central Premier Merit Table to replace Central East and Central West Leagues

Central East and West Leagues have been combined with Keighley 3 dropping out and Huddersield YMCA 2 dropping down from Championship A. Fixture Secretaries are being asked to arrange fixtures for a maximum of 22 games.

Apparently this is due to requested club changes which reduced number of teams in certain leagues

League is composed of
Baildon 2
Castleford 2
Huddersfield YMCA 2
Ilkley 3
Leodiensian 3
Morley 3
North Ribblesdale 2
Old Crossleyans 2
Ossett 2
Roundhegians 2
Selby 3
Skipton 2
West Leeds 2
West Park Leeds 2
Yarnbury 3
York 3

Other Senior Rugby / Fixtures 2021-2022 announced
« on: May 28, 2021, 06:19:46 PM »
Fixtures have been put on RFU North website


Other Senior Rugby / Leagues for 2021-2022
« on: April 19, 2021, 08:43:07 PM »
The Chairman of Yorkshire Competitions has issued the Structured Season for 2021-22 and the League Structure for 2021-22.

He has also included a letter from the Secretary of the North DOC.

See the 3 attachments

Other Senior Rugby / RFU Return to Rugby
« on: August 04, 2020, 07:42:19 PM »
New email from RFU has been circulated to clubs.

Action Plan

"Having undertaken the required exposure risk analysis of face to face contact within game and training situations, our action plan to government is focused on a staged return, commencing with non-contact rugby - initially restricted to activity within individual clubs and focused on Ready4Rugby, a 10-a-side variant of touch rugby. We will monitor this over the first few weeks and, subject to satisfactory implementation, would then look to permit inter-club activity using approved non-contact formats. In parallel with this, we will be considering the potential for some adaptations to the high-risk elements of contact rugby to see whether appropriate mitigations can be introduced (a subsequent exposure risk analysis on this would have to be approved by government). If this proves possible we would again introduce this gradually, initially through training and subsequently in inter-club matches. This would then continue until it is deemed safe, and appropriate government permissions are in place, to move back to full contact rugby – at least four weeks being in place between commencement of full contact training and match play for full contact rugby. "

Update on adult league rugby

As stated above, we are at Stage B on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. We have to reach Stage F (which will not be reached until at least four weeks after Stage E) before full contact competitive league rugby can commence. As a result of the current position, the adult league season (Level 3 & below for men, Level 2 & below for women) will not commence in September. Unless there is a dramatic improvement in the prevalence of the virus in the community, the next announcement about when league rugby will commence for these levels will be on 1 September. The fixtures previously published will be amended at the earliest opportunity and this will be communicated to clubs.

Other Senior Rugby / Draft League Structure
« on: April 15, 2020, 04:03:57 PM »
The Draft league structure for the North has been published on rfunorth.com

Still a couple of level transfers to confirm.

Kendal to N1W seems to be straightforward.

DN1 / Y1 is less straightforward.http://

From the Bournville RFC web site. (Similar message on the Kettering web site)

The Midlands Division Organising Committee have advised that due to the impending weather conditions that are about to hit the United Kingdom in the form of Hurricane Dennis, all league fixtures have been cancelled. The decision was taken with the safety of players, officials, spectators and travelling support as paramount.
Updates will follow for dates of the re-arranged fixtures when confirmed. A decision for Sunday rugby for the mini and juniors is pending.

Most Online Today: 510. Most Online Ever: 510 (Today at 09:38:25 AM)

Congratulations to everyone concerned with the running of the forum.

If I am not mistaken, record viewing figures announced today.

Not sure if anything particular has happened to cause this peak viewing.

« on: October 31, 2019, 07:31:52 PM »
From the Sandal web site


It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of Darren Reynolds our Director of Rugby.
Darren passed away peacefully yesterday following another battle with cancer.

Darren has given so much to our club and indeed the wider rugby community for many years and will be deeply missed by everyone who has had the pleasure of knowing him.

Our thoughts at this time go to his wife Sarah and his boys Josh, Tom & Ben.

We will update everyone with the funeral arrangements as soon as we have them.

The Executive Committee

Note - His funeral will be on November 14th.

Other Senior Rugby / Adult male competition structure review
« on: September 13, 2019, 04:21:56 PM »
Another RFU review into the structure of the game.

(Note the bold formatting is mine)

Adult male competition structure review

Important work to ensure that we preserve the future health of the game will be undertaken through a competition structure review by the Adult Male Competition Structure Group (the Group) commencing the month.

The Group is a task group of the Community Game Board and its membership will include representatives from the game, RFU staff, other national rugby union and other sports governing bodies.

The Group’s purpose is to review the adult male competition structure of the English Club Championship from Level 3 downwards and recommend an optimal playing offer and structure that protects the future health of the game for adult men by meeting the needs of current and future players, balancing quality of experience and player welfare needs with less travel, while at the same time protecting the financial and other sustainability of clubs.

The Group’s work will include gathering evidence from desk research, Electronic Match Card, the National Rugby Survey, alongside assessing historical and current knowledge from within the Group. The review will importantly include listening to players, administrators and practitioners involved in delivering the game, to enable recommendations to be made to Council on the future competition landscape. A report will be presented for discussion at Council in February with the intention of reaching a resolution at Council in April. This will enable recommendations to be implemented in time for the start of the 2020 season.

The Group first met on Wednesday 11 September. Further updates will be made available during the 2019-20 season.

Other Senior Rugby / Player Registration for 2019-20
« on: August 29, 2019, 09:22:45 PM »
Have clubs been notified about a change in Registrar for the North?

Last season it was Nicola/Lorraine of Russell’s News and Sports.

However, this season Bob Morrison is doing registrations for all clubs below level 4.
(See email from RFU below)

My club does not appear to have been notified (apart from well sourced rumours on this Forum!)

Nicola is no longer working with the RFU.
Bob Morrison is managing all player registrations and results for clubs at level 5-12.
Bob Morrison
01793 677 878
Kind Regards,
Warren Collier

Other Senior Rugby / Structured Season for North
« on: July 29, 2019, 03:29:42 PM »
The Structured Season for the North is available on the RFU North web site today



Points to note :-
December 21st is a Reserve date i.e matches can be re-arranged to this date if postponed previously.
April 11, Easter, is Ring Fenced i.e No re-arranged rugby matches unless both clubs agree (although this has been overturned on a previous occasion due to exceptional bad weather)
April 25 Playoffs

North One / Max Blakely - Cleckheaton
« on: July 15, 2018, 10:19:24 AM »
Sad news from the Cleckheaton web site.

It is with the deepest sadness that we have to report the passing today of Cleckheaton player Max Blakely

Max was playing summer rugby league for local club Birkenshaw when he felt unwell. He collapsed moments later and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he was unable to be revived
Max was a club stalwart and we are devastated. Sleep tight Max you will be sorely missed

Updated 20:32 - 14 Jul 2018 by Neil Gillan

Condolences to his family and friends.

Other Senior Rugby / Yorkshire Cup Final cancelled
« on: April 19, 2017, 12:39:02 PM »
It has been reported on the Rolling Maul forum that Sheffield Tigers pulled out of the YC Final and the Cup has been awarded to Harrogate.

Yorkshire 1 / Level Transfer - possible changes to regs.
« on: March 14, 2017, 01:54:31 PM »

The RFUNCC announced on their website a variation on the rules governing level transfers which may affect leagues for 2017-18

Basically it means that they will not necessarily chose the club which fits the lowest total mileage consideration, but consider clubs other clubs which are close to the lowest total mileage as well.
Sounds like a common sense approach to a difficult topic.

Potential Changes to Level Transfer Regulations (5 March 2017)
Notice of possible change to current method of determining which Clubs to Level Transfer.

The RFU North Competitions Committee (DOC) have become concerned that a Level Transfer imposed on a single club in successive seasons could be regarded as an unfair and significant disadvantage.  This is particularly so when other club(s) in close proximity could also reasonably make the required move.

RFU Regulation 13.2.11(g) allows the DOC to vary the strict application of ‘Lowest Total Mileage’ and nominate another Club for Level Transfer, “which would remove or reduce the significant disadvantage for the benefit of the game of rugby union football in the locality.”  The DOC have formed the view that this principle would be served if the burden of a Level Transfer is shared from one season to the next between clubs located close to each other.

It is stressed that by invoking 13.2.11(g) the DOC do not intend to comprehensively change the criteria laid down for selecting a Club(s) for Level Transfer, but if circumstances arise where a conflict, or a significant disadvantage to the Club selected arise, then the RFUNCC would remove that disadvantage by selecting another Club for Level Transfer.  


 RFU 13.2.11 Level Transfers Regulations can be found at:

Other Senior Rugby / London Welsh
« on: January 24, 2017, 06:31:18 PM »
It is a long post, apologies.

Issued by Rugby Football Union

Following the appointment of Liquidators in December 2016, a  temporary licence was granted by the RFU to London Welsh (via a “Phoenix Entity”) to enable participation in The Greene King IPA Championship. The licence expired on 21st January 2017. The conditions required by the RFU regulations to enable London Welsh to continue to participate in the competition following the expiry of the temporary licence have not been met - despite the RFU granting two extensions to deadlines - and, with regret, London Welsh will no longer be granted permission to play in The Greene King IPA Championship for the remainder of this season and beyond.
This decision does not affect the position of London Welsh Amateur RFC, which will continue as a voting member of the RFU.
London Welsh Rugby Football Club Limited (“London Welsh”) went into liquidation on 23 December 2016 and accordingly its membership of the RFU ceased, with the liquidator confirming that London Welsh would not continue to fulfil its fixtures. 
On 21 December 2016, Rugby 1885 Limited (the “Phoenix Entity”) was granted a temporary licence to take the place of London Welsh in the Greene King IPA Championship for two matches on 24 December 2016 and 1 January 2017.  The temporary licence granted to the Phoenix Entity expired on 21 January 2017. 
The temporary licence was granted to allow those involved in the Phoenix Entity additional time to satisfy all the conditions required in RFU Regulation 5 which would allow the Phoenix Entity to take over the position of London Welsh in the Championship on a permanent basis. 
Click here to read RFU regulation 5 and the supporting appendix which lists the conditions the Phoenix Entity was required to fulfil.

The RFU gave the Phoenix Entity a deadline of 16 January 2017 to satisfy these conditions.
The RFU Board met on Tuesday 17 January 2017 to review this information and consider whether it satisfied the criteria set out in RFU Regulation 5.  On the basis of the information provided at that meeting, the Board could not conclude it was satisfied, but agreed to give the Phoenix Entity an extended deadline of 10am on Friday 20 January 2017 to provide the following additional information:
Payment of a bond and evidence of funds to pay all rugby creditors;
further clarity on the Phoenix Entity’s business plan;
a satisfactory governance structure to show separation between the Phoenix Entity and London Welsh Amateur RFC.
The Board met again on Friday 20 January 2017 to review the situation and considered all information provided by the Phoenix Entity.  The bond was not lodged by this time, and the RFU was not provided with evidence showing that there was cash immediately in place to pay the Rugby Creditors in full. The RFU granted a further, final extension to the deadline to satisfy the conditions of Regulation 5, but this deadline expired at 10 am today.
Therefore the RFU Board has concluded that the Phoenix Entity has not satisfied all conditions required and the Phoenix Entity will not be granted permission to participate in the Greene King IPA Championship for the remainder of the season and beyond. 
RFU Chairman Andy Cosslett commented; “It is deeply regrettable that we should arrive at this point, but with London Welsh in liquidation and unable to satisfy conditions to compete in The Greene King IPA Championship as a professional club, participation in the competition became untenable.  We know this will be an extremely disappointing day for everyone connected with London Welsh, including players, staff and supporters, and the sadness at the loss of this club from the professional ranks will be shared throughout the game.”
Joanna Manning-Cooper
Digital, Marketing & Communications Director
Rugby Football Union
+44 (0)7753 811353

Comments from BBC News web site

London Welsh have ceased to exist as a professional club after being refused permission to stay in the Championship by the Rugby Football Union.
The Exiles were granted a temporary licence on 22 December to play their last two league games after going into liquidation last month.
However, the RFU says the Old Deer Park club have not met the conditions required to extend that licence.
Welsh were formed in 1885, and produced 177 Wales internationals.
They were a Premiership side as recently as 2015, when they were based at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford but were relegated after losing all 22 games.
And the Richmond-based club, who had a winding-up order issued against them dismissed on Monday, were 11th in the Championship, having been deducted 20 points for going into liquidation.
Welsh had been hoping to complete the season as a phoenix entity, but they were unable to provide a bond to the RFU or show evidence they would be able to pay rugby creditors in full.
All their results will be expunged from the Championship, and there will be no relegation from the second tier this season.
RFU chairman Andy Cosslett said Welsh's place in the league was "untenable".
He added: "It is deeply regrettable that we should arrive at this point.
"We know this will be an extremely disappointing day for everyone connected with London Welsh. The sadness at the loss of this club from the professional ranks will be shared throughout the game."

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