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Other Senior Rugby / Matches postponed - Sept 10
« on: September 10, 2022, 02:35:06 PM »
Do we know which teams have postponed matches out of respect for the late Queen's death?

The two below have confirmed postponement on their web site.  Any others?

R2NE Pocklington (v Morley)
R2NE Selby (v Dronfield)

Other Senior Rugby / Promotion and Relegation
« on: June 21, 2022, 07:31:03 PM »
Issued by RFU today

Promotion and Relegation for 2022/2023, Men's and Women's Grassroots Rugby
by RFU Community CommunicationsRFU Community Communications

Monday 13 June saw the release of the Men’s (National 1 and below) and Women’s (Championship and below) fixtures which all clubs should have received.

Principles for promotion and relegation are detailed below. Promotion and relegation for the men’s game is linked to the biggest change to the league structure for 30 years as part of the Future Competition Structure. 

 At the conclusion of the 2022-23 season the following principles of promotion and relegation shall apply:?

Men’s Promotion and Relegation

National 1 will see the top club promoted to the Championship (subject to Regulation 5), while the bottom side three (3) clubs will be relegated or such other number as notified by the RFU to the clubs.

?National 2 and Regional Leagues will see the top clubs in each league promoted to a league above, with the bottom two (2) clubs in each League relegated. Clubs who are relegated from Regional 2, will return to their Constituent Bodies Counties league.

Promotion for Counties and below

Counties 1 will see the top club in each League promoted a League above. Any?remaining spaces in the higher league that are needed to be populated will be determined at the end of the season.

Counties 2 and below will see the following apply:?

where one League feeds into one higher League:?? the top two clubs in the supporting Leagues at the end of the season will be promoted to the Level above.
where two Leagues feed into one higher League: the top club in each of the supporting Leagues at the end of the season will be promoted to the Level above.
in respect of all cases, any remaining spaces in the higher league will be determined at the end of the season by such applicable criteria as notified by the RFU to the clubs?
?N.B. The position of the team(s) not eligible for promotion shall be disregarded in the event that a team would be promoted into a League in which another team of the same club plays, as prohibited by Regulation[ 13.2.4(b)(iv)].??

Relegation for Counties and below

At Counties 1 and below, the number of clubs relegated will vary and be determined based on such number of Constituent Body based leagues. After promotion has taken place in accordance with these regulations the requisite number of clubs or teams shall be relegated at the end of the season. This will ensure that in the following season there are in all Leagues, Counties 1 and below, the same number of clubs or teams as in the season before or such other number of clubs or teams as the Committee may decide.

N.B. At Counties 1 and below if a first XV is relegated into a League in which the Lower XV from the same clubs plays, that Lower? XV shall automatically be relegated as one of the requisite number of Clubs to be relegated.?

Other Senior Rugby / Fixtures 2022-23
« on: June 13, 2022, 07:23:01 PM »
Fixtures are issued for the North on RFU Fixtures / Results web site - June 13 - 3 days early!


PROVISIONAL league structure for levels 4 to 6 has been issued.

It is based on league positions as at March 6th and may change.

It shows Driffield, Ilkley and Heath (along with Derby and West Bridgeford) promoted to level 5 to play in a league with
Billingham, Alnwick, Scunthorpe, York, Sandal, Doncaster Phoenix and Pavors

Level 6 consists of Cleckheaton, Old Brods, Scarborough, Malton, Mootown, Pocklington, Morley and Bradford. Old Crossleyans, Pontefract and Bridlington are promoted from L7 to join them with one space left to be decided by some sort of commission (West Leeds?).

Final structure to be announced at the end of the season

The email is printed below.

We would like to provide clubs currently playing at Levels 3 – 6 with a suggested view of how the English Club Championship (ECC) leagues might look at these levels. The aim is to help you with planning ahead of the finalised 2022-23 ECC league structure, to be released in May (attached is the is the provisional ECC league structure of Levels 4-6). We have included current Level 3 teams in this send out for awareness.
Please note: We are unable to show provisional leagues at Level 7 and below until after all Lower XV entries have been assessed against the entry criteria and officially admitted (or rejected) into the English Club Championship (ECC).  The full (national) league structure will released to the game at the end of April, which will include all playing levels (levels 3-12).
Before viewing the provisional league structure, please watch this short video presented by John Inverdale explaining how the leagues have been organised.
Important things to understand about the 2022-23 provisional league structure
-          It is based on league positions as of 6 March
-          This is NOT final as league positions will naturally change from week to week until the end of the season (because of this all teams playing at level 7 have received this email)
-          The provisional league structure is an indication of how things may look in September 2022
-          The final league structure will be confirmed in May (upon completion of the season)
-          Fixtures for the 2022-23 season will be released mid-June
We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please send these to Competitions-Development@RFU.com FAO of the FCS Implementation Commission.
Kind regards
FCS Implementation Commission

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

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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.

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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.

Regional One (North East) / DARREN 'DAZ' REYNOLDS
« 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

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