Henley Hawks

Henley Hawks is a rugby union club based in Henley-on-Thames and is one of the leading rugby clubs in the Thames Valley. The first team play in the fourth tier of the English league system. Promoted in 2012–13 and 2014–15 as the champions of National League 2 South, Henley have spent the last four seasons, either promoted or relegated.

Henley Hawks
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Full nameHenley Rugby Club
FoundedAugust 1930; 91 years ago (1930-08)
LocationHenley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
Ground(s)Dry Leas (Capacity: 4,000)
League(s)National League 2 South
2019–204th
Team kit
Official website
henleyrugbyclub.co.uk

HistoryEdit

Henley RFC was founded in August 1930 as Old Henleiensians (old boys of Henley Grammar School). After a break during the war years the club was re-founded in 1954 and changed its name to Henley RFC in 1963. It has been based at Dry Leas since then.

Recent playing recordEdit

Henley's fortunes stood still until Clive Woodward, England's future World Cup winning manager, became the 1st XV coach in 1990. His introduction of the "flat ball" philosophy was a pioneering event for British rugby and brought promotion in 1992. Henley gained a further promotion in 1994 to the National Leagues and, after Woodward departed to coach London Irish, Henley continued to play fluid rugby and two further promotions ensued (in the 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons), landing the club in what is now National Division One. Also in 1999, Henley enjoyed a record run in the Tetley's Bitter Cup, defeating the Premier 1 club Bedford in the fourth round before bowing out to Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Henley finished ninth in National One in 1999–00, seventh in 2000–01 but finished 13th in 2001–02 and were relegated to National Division Two. They regained their place in National One by finishing second in 2002–03 but two years later were relegated back into National Two. After flirting with promotion from National Division Two in season 2006–7, finishing third by one point to Launceston, the following season was little short of disastrous resulting in relegation to National Division 3 (South). Last season, 2009–10 they struggled during the middle part of the season to face further relegation worries but a good finish to the year resulted in a mid-table finish. This season has seen a large improvement on the previous season's performances especially during the middle of the year and the squad are hopeful of a top 6 finish. On 4 May 2013, Henley Hawks beat Worthing 55–27 to secure a place in National Division One for the 2013–14 season.

The Hawks squad is now coached by ex-Hawks players Steve Barnes and Pete Davies.

GroundEdit

The ground is leased from the Town Council with the unexpired portion being nearly fifty years. When the leagues were started in 1987 Henley were placed in South West II. Henley have developed a working relationship with London Wasps, who use Dry Leas for their A-team matches, and also loan squad players to Henley for development.

HonoursEdit

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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.


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