Eastern Counties Rugby Union

The Eastern Counties Rugby Union (ECRU) is the governing body for the sport of rugby union in the counties of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk in England. Clubs in the old Huntingdonshire and the Soke of Peterborough are affiliated to the East Midlands Rugby Football Union. The union is the constituent body of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) for those counties. The ECRU administers and organises rugby union clubs and competitions in those three counties and administers the Eastern Counties county rugby representative teams.

Eastern Counties RFU
Full nameEastern Counties Rugby Union
Founded1877; 144 years ago (1877)
RegionCambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk
Team kit
Official website


The Eastern Counties Rugby Union was founded in 1890 and originally organised rugby union in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. Cambridgeshire became part of the ECRU in 1952 and the Essex Rugby Football Union eventually split off from ECRU to form its own body in 2003.[1][2]

Men's senior county team honoursEdit

County Championship runners-up: 1948, 1975
County Championship Plate runners-up: 2015
County Championship Shield runners-up: 2007

Games played against international oppositionEdit

Year Date Opponent Venue Result Score Tour
1990 30 October   Argentina Cambridge Loss 15-28 1990 Argentina rugby union tour of British Isles

Affiliated clubsEdit

There are currently 53 clubs affiliated with the Eastern Counties RU, most of which have teams at both senior and junior level. Each club is in turn affiliated with a sub-county rugby football union, either Cambridgeshire, Norfolk or Suffolk, and are mostly based in those three counties except several cases where they are instead based in Essex or Hertfordshire.


County Club CompetitionsEdit

The Eastern Counties RU currently helps run the following competitions for clubs from Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and occasionally Essex:


The Eastern Counties allows 2nd and 3rd teams to play alongside 1st teams providing they are not from the same club. Divisions include:



There is no Eastern Counties cup competition. Instead, each sub-county organizes its own cup competitions for local teams.








  1. ^ Clacton are based in Essex but are joint members of both Essex RFU and Suffolk RFU.
  2. ^ Colchester are based in Essex but are members of the Suffolk RFU.
  3. ^ Mersea Island are based in Essex but are members of the Suffolk RFU.
  4. ^ Saffron Walden are based in Hertfordshire but are members of the Cambridgeshire RFU.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Our history". Eastern Counties Rugby Union. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Essex RFU seek Constituent Body status". ESPN. 7 July 2003.
  3. ^ "Affiliates Clubs". Cambridgeshire RFU. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Affiliated Club Websites, Club Representatives". Norfolk RFU. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Suffolk RU Clubs in Membership". Suffolk RFU. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  6. ^ "County Cups 2016-17 (Word Doc)". Cambridgeshire RFU. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  7. ^ "NORFOLK RFU COMPETITIONS UPDATE". Norfolk RFU. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Suffolk Chadacre Cup - 2016/17". Suffolk RFU. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Suffolk Plate - 2016/17". Suffolk RFU. Retrieved 3 June 2017.

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