Esher Rugby Football Club is an English rugby union club based in Surrey, England. Esher currently play in the fourth division of the English league system; National League 2 South, following the club's relegation from National League 1 at the end of the 2018–19 season.

Esher RFC
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Full nameEsher Rugby Football Club
UnionSurrey RFU
Founded1923; 99 years ago (1923)
LocationHersham, Surrey, England
Ground(s)Molesey Road (Capacity: 3,500 (1,200 seated))
ChairmanBob Stratton
Captain(s)Harrison Collins
League(s)National League 2 South
2019–208th
Team kit
Official website
www.esherrugby.com

HistoryEdit

The club was formed in 1923 when four rugby enthusiasts agreed to start a club.

When the league system was introduced in 1987 Esher were placed in London 1, but were relegated in the first season and did not win promotion back to that league until 1993.

Esher were first promoted to the national leagues system for the 1997–98 season, finishing fourth in National League 2 South. They led for most of the season the following year but finished second, but won promotion in 1999–00. The club set a new points record when winning National Division Two in 2006–07 and were thus promoted. They were promoted into the second tier, the RFU Championship after winning National League 1 in 2009–10. During this season they broke the world record when they beat Manchester 148 – 0. They played in the Championship for two seasons before being relegated back into National League 1 for the 2012–13 season.[1]

In 2020, the club announced a 2-year agreement to share their ground with RFU Championship side London Scottish starting in 2021–22.[2] However it was later confirmed that Scottish would remain at Richmond Athletic Ground.[3]

Current standingsEdit

2021–22 National League 2 South Table watch · edit · discuss
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Clifton 17 13 0 4 658 366 292 10 2 64
2 Esher 15 12 1 2 557 311 246 12 1 63
3 Redruth 16 12 1 3 443 250 193 8 1 59
4 Worthing Raiders 16 11 0 5 458 338 120 11 3 58
5 Henley Hawks 16 10 2 4 431 338 93 8 3 55
6 Leicester Lions 15 10 0 5 396 320 76 7 2 49
7 Old Albanian 16 9 0 7 488 342 146 8 4 48
8 Guernsey Raiders 14 9 0 5 357 317 40 5 1 42
9 Barnes 16 6 4 6 394 421 –27 6 2 40
10 Bury St Edmunds 15 7 0 8 410 371 39 5 4 37
11 Dings Crusaders 17 5 1 11 416 482 −66 10 5 37
12 Hinckley 15 6 0 9 421 398 23 7 5 36
13 Canterbury 16 5 1 10 317 347 −30 4 3 29
14 Rochford Hundred 16 4 0 12 263 427 −164 3 5 24
15 Barnstaple 16 2 0 14 231 544 −313 0 2 10
16 Westcliff 16 0 0 16 184 852 −668 0 1 1
  • 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. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 15 January 2022
Source: "National League 2 South". NCA Rugby.


HonoursEdit

Notable former playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History of Esher Rugby Club". Esher Rugby Club. Archived from the original on 28 April 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  2. ^ "General announcements of progress and fundraising during the Covid pandemic". Esher Rugby Club. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  3. ^ "London Scottish to remain at the RAG". London Scottish Rugby. 12 May 2021. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  4. ^ http://www.hampshirerugby.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=792&Itemid=441

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