1993–94 Courage League National Division Two

The 1993–94 Courage League National Division Two was the seventh full season of rugby union within the second tier of the English league system, currently known as the RFU Championship. Following the reduction of teams playing in National Division Two from thirteen to ten, only five teams remained from the previous season. They were Moseley, Nottingham, Sale, Wakefield and Waterloo. Four teams, London Scottish, Rugby, Saracens and West Hartlepool were relegated from Division One and one team Otley, making their debut, promoted from Division Three. This was the first full season of each team playing home and away matches against each of the other teams, to give eighteen matches each.

1993–94 Courage League National Division Two
Countries England
ChampionsSale (1st title)
Runners-upWest Hartlepool
RelegatedRugby and Otley
Matches played90
Top point scorer172   Guy Gregory
(Nottingham)
Top try scorer16   Simon Verbickas
(Sale)[1]

Sale, the champions, were promoted to the Courage League National Division One for season 1994–95 along with the runners–up West Hartlepool. It was Sale's sixth attempt at returning to the top level whilst West Hartlepool go back up at the first attempt. Otley finished last and were relegated to Courage League National Division Three in 1994–95 along with Rugby who finish one place above them. Both teams had been promoted the previous season.[2]

Participating teamsEdit

Locations of the 1993–94 Courage League National Division Two teams
Team Stadium Capacity City/Area
London Scottish Athletic Ground 4,500 Richmond, London
Moseley The Reddings 10,000 (est) Birmingham, West Midlands
Nottingham Ireland Avenue 4,950 Beeston, Nottinghamshire
Otley Cross Green 5,000 Otley, West Yorkshire
Rugby Lions Webb Ellis Road 1,000 Rugby, Warwickshire
Sale Heywood Road 5,400 Sale, Greater Manchester
Saracens Bramley Road 2,000[3] Enfield, London
Wakefield College Grove 3,000 Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Waterloo St Anthony's Road 9,000 Blundellsands, Merseyside
West Hartlepool Brierton Lane Hartlepool, County Durham

TableEdit

1993–94 Courage League National Division Two Table[4]
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Points
1 Sale 18 13 2 3 438 160 278 28
2 West Hartlepool 18 13 2 3 389 271 118 28
3 Saracens 18 11 1 6 299 238 61 23
4 Wakefield 18 8 3 7 347 240 107 19
5 Moseley 18 9 1 8 266 220 –46 19
6 Nottingham 18 8 1 9 254 326 –72 17
7 Waterloo 18 6 2 10 231 346 –115 14
8 London Scottish 18 6 0 12 232 325 –93 12
9 Rugby 18 5 1 12 186 302 –116 11
10 Otley 18 4 1 13 235 449 –214 9
  • Points are awarded as follows:
  1. two points for a win
  2. one point for a draw
  3. no points for a loss
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. difference between points for and against
  2. total number of points for
Green background are promotion places. Pink background are relegation places.

SponsorshipEdit

National Division Two is part of the Courage Clubs Championship and is sponsored by Courage Brewery

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stephen McCormack, ed. (2000). The Official RFU Club Directory 2000–2001. Harpenden: Queen Anne Press.
  2. ^ Stephen Jones, ed. (1994). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1994–95 (23rd ed.). London: Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0 7472 7850 4.
  3. ^ "Saracens aim for bigger Wembley crowds following Premiership defeat of Worcester". The Telegraph. 15 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Courage Clubs Championship 1993/94". Moseley Rugby Club. Retrieved 10 September 2012.