Chinnor R.F.C.

Chinnor Rugby Football Club is an English rugby union club based in Thame, Oxfordshire. They currently play in the third tier of the English league system, National League 1 following their promotion from National League 2 South via the promotion play-off at the end of the 2017–18 season. The club regularly runs five senior teams as well as a full youth setup from age 5 upwards. Chinnor's youth setup is widely thought of as one of the best in the country having produced top Premiership players such as Tom Varndell (Leicester Tigers), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Dave Seymour (Saracens), Paul Volley (Wasps), and Sam Jones (Wasps). Chinnor became the first club in Oxfordshire or Buckinghamshire to establish an under-19 academy.

Chinnor
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Full nameChinnor Rugby Football Club
UnionRFU
Nickname(s)The Villagers
Founded1962; 61 years ago (1962)
RegionOxfordshire Rugby Football Union
Ground(s)Kingsey Road, Thame (Capacity: 2,000)
ChairmanNick Stainton
PresidentSimon Vickers
Director of RugbyNick Easter
Coach(es)Craig Hampson, Tom Knibbs, Caolan Ryan, Daz Oliver
Captain(s)George Grose
League(s)National League 1
2021–227th
Team kit
Official website
www.chinnor-rfc.com

HistoryEdit

Chinnor RFC was formed in 1962 and played their first game the following year. The 1970s saw the club expand to include junior and youth teams and in 1976 the club won the Oxfordshire Cup. When the English league system started the club was placed in Bucks and Oxon Division 1 and have progressed through the Southern Counties section to gained promotion to the National Leagues in 2006; the youngest club to do so.[1] The club gained a further promotion from National League 3 South West in 2012.

During the 2016–17 National League 2 South season, the club achieved a record attendance at Kingsey Road of 1,580 during a top of the table clash against Bishop's Stortford, a game Chinnor won 27–25.[2]

HonoursEdit

1st team:

2nd team:

3rd team:

Current standingsEdit

2022–23 National League 1 Table
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Rams 17 15 0 2 587 367 220 16 1 77
2 Sale FC 18 15 0 3 538 382 156 13 1 74
3 Cambridge 17 13 1 3 573 384 189 14 3 71
4 Rosslyn Park 18 13 0 5 601 420 181 13 2 67
5 Plymouth Albion 18 10 0 8 513 437 76 13 2 55
6 Cinderford 17 9 2 6 443 423 20 11 2 53
7 Bishop's Stortford 17 8 1 8 437 431 6 11 6 51
8 Birmingham Moseley 17 7 2 8 480 518 −38 10 1 43
9 Chinnor 16 6 1 9 422 442 −20 9 3 38
10 Esher 18 6 0 12 477 545 −68 10 2 36
10 Darlington Mowden Park 17 5 0 12 421 456 −35 9 7 36
12 Leeds Tykes 17 4 2 11 321 484 −163 4 4 28
13 Taunton Titans 17 4 0 13 337 505 −168 6 6 28
14 Hull 16 0 1 15 289 645 −356 5 3 10
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Pink background are the relegation places.
Updated: 4 February 2023

Source: "National League 1". RugbyEngland.


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