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The English rugby union league pyramid is topped by the Premiership. Below this are the Championship and National Leagues 1 to 3. Below this, the structure is split geographically into four regions: Midlands, North, London and South East, and South West. With the exception of the Midlands leagues, which only has regional splits, below these regional leagues are county leagues (e.g. Sussex, Kent, Hampshire). The county leagues are the lowest levels in the English game.

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StructureEdit

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

Gallagher Premiership Rugby
(English Premiership)
12 clubs

2

Greene King IPA Championship
(RFU Championship)
12 clubs

3

National League 1
16 clubs

4

National League 2 North
16 clubs

National League 2 South
16 clubs

5

Midlands Premier
14 clubs

North Premier
14 clubs

London & South East Premier
14 clubs

South West Premier
14 clubs

6

Midlands 1 West
14 clubs

Midlands 1 East
14 clubs

North 1 East
14 clubs

North 1 West
14 clubs

London 1 North
14 clubs

London 1 South
14 clubs

South West 1 West
14 clubs

South West 1 East
14 clubs

7

Midlands 2 West (North)

Midlands 2 West (South)

Midlands 2 East (North)

Midlands 2 East (South)

Durham Northumberland 1

Yorkshire 1

Cumbria 1

Lancashire Cheshire 1

London 2 North East

London 2 North West

London 2 South East

London 2 South West

Tribute Western Counties North

Tribute Western Counties West

Southern Counties North

Southern Counties South

8

Midlands 3 West (North)
Midlands 3 West (South)
Midlands 3 East (North)
Midlands 3 East (South)

Cumbria 2
Lancashire/Cheshire 2
Durham/Northumberland 2
Yorkshire 2

London 3 Eastern Counties
London 3 Essex
London 3 North West
London 3 South East
London 3 South West

Tribute Somerset Premier
Gloucester Premier
Tribute Cornwall/Devon
Dorset & Wilts 1 North
Dorset & Wilts 1 South
Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier

9

Midlands 4 West (North)
Midlands 4 West (South)
Midlands 4 East (North)
Midlands 4 East (South)

Lancashire/Cheshire 3
Durham/Northumberland 3
Yorkshire 3

Eastern Counties 1
Herts/Middlesex 1
Essex 1
Kent 1
Sussex 1
Surrey 1
Hampshire Premier

Somerset 1
Gloucester 1
Tribute Cornwall 1
Tribute Devon 1
Dorset & Wilts 2 North
Dorset & Wilts 2 South
Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship

10

Midlands 5 West (North)
Midlands 5 West (South)

Yorkshire 4 (North West)
Yorkshire 4 (South East)

Eastern Counties 2
Herts/Middlesex 2
Essex 2
Kent 2
Surrey 2
Hampshire 1

Somerset 2 North
Somerset 2 South
Gloucester 2
Tribute Cornwall 2
Tribute Devon 2
Dorset & Wilts 3 North
Dorset & Wilts 3 South
Berks/Bucks & Oxon 2

11

n/a

n/a

Surrey 3
Hampshire 2
Eastern Counties 3

Somerset 3 North
Somerset 3 South
Gloucester 3
Dorset & Wilts 4
Berks/Bucks & Oxon 3

12

n/a

n/a

Surrey 4

n/a

PremiershipEdit

RFU ChampionshipEdit

National League 1Edit

National League 2Edit

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