North Midlands Rugby Football Union
The North Midlands Rugby Football Union is a governing body for rugby union in part of The Midlands, England. The union is the constituent body of the Rugby Football Union for the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and the Greater Birmingham area.
|Full name||North Midlands Rugby Football Union|
|Region||Birmingham, West Midlands, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire|
The North Midlands RFU was founded at a meeting in Birmingham on 14 January 1920. The area had previously been part of the Midland Counties Rugby Union, from which Warwickshire split in 1914, with further changes in 1919 leading to Leicestershire Rugby Union becoming a county on its own and North Midlands being created for the Birmingham, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire areas. The majority of the clubs in the union's initial membership came from the Birmingham area. Staffordshire separated from North Midlands in 1964 to become a county on its own.
There are currently 71 clubs affiliated with the North Midlands RFU, most of which have teams at both senior and junior level, although some of the more prominent second teams have also been listed by the North Midlands RFU as affiliated clubs. The North Midlands region covers a large area with club sides based in Birmingham and the West Midlands, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire. Occasionally clubs based in other county rugby football unions, such as Staffordshire and Warwickshire, are also members of the North Midlands RFU. This was a result of county boundaries changing in 1974 as a consequence of the Local Government Act 1972.
- Aston Old Edwardians
- Birmingham Barbarians
- Birmingham Bulls
- Birmingham Civil Service
- Birmingham Exiles
- Birmingham Medics
- Birmingham Moseley
- Birmingham & Solihull
- Birmingham Wyvern
- Bishops Castle & Onny Valley
- Bredon Star
- Camp Hill
- Chaddesley Corbett
- Church Stretton Samurai
- Clee Hill
- Cleobury Mortimer
- Dudley Kingswinford
- Dudley Wasps[b]
- Five Ways Old Edwardians
- Kidderminster Carolians
- Kings Norton
- Market Drayton
- Moseley Oak[d]
- Newport (Salop)
- Old Griffinians
- Old Halesonians
- Old Saltleians
- Old Yardleians
- Stourbridge Lions[f]
- Sutton Coldfield[g]
- Telford Hornets
- Tenbury Wells
- West Mercia Constabulary
- West Midlands Police
- Worcester Warriors
- Worcester Wanderers
- Yardley & District
County club competitionsEdit
- North Midlands Cup – founded in 1972, currently open to clubs at tiers 5–6 of the English rugby union system
- North Midlands Shield – founded in 2001, clubs at tiers 7–8
- North Midlands Vase – founded in 2005, clubs at tiers 9–10
- North Midlands 1 - tier 7-10 league that ran between 1987 to 2006
- North Midlands 2 - tier 8-11 league that ran between 1987 to 2006
- North Midlands 3 – tier 9-12 league that ran intermittently between 1987 and 2004
- North Midlands 4 – tier 10 league that ran between 1987 to 1992
- Midlands 5 West (North)[i] – tier 10 league for North Midlands and Staffordshire clubs that ran between 2005 and 2019
- Bloxwich are historically based in Staffordshire but are now joint members of the North Midlands RFU and Staffordshire RU.
- Dudley Wasps are the second team of Dudley Kingswinford RFC.
- Essington are historically based in Staffordshire but are now joint members of the North Midlands RFU and Staffordshire RU.
- Moseley Oak are the amateur side of Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club.
- Silhillians are historically based in Warwickshire but are joint members of both the North Midlands RFU and Warwickshire RFU.
- Stourbridge Lions are the second team of Stourbridge RFC.
- Sutton Coldfield are historically based in Warwickshire but are joint members of both the North Midlands RFU and Warwickshire RFU.
- Walsall are historically based in Staffordshire but are now joint members of the North Midlands RFU and Staffordshire RU.
- Midlands 5 West (North) was known as Midlands 6 West (North) between 2005 and 2009.
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