Winchester RFC is an English rugby union club that is affiliated with the Hampshire RFU. Winchester currently run three senior men's teams - 1st XV, 2nd XV - who play in Hampshire 2 and a 3rd XV (Winchester Knights - largely a veteran's side) who play in Hampshire 3. There is a Women's team and mini and juniors and Colts sides covering all age groups from U5s upwards. The men's 1st XV currently play in London 2 South West - a tier 7 league in the English rugby union system - having won promotion as champions of London 3 South West at the end of the 2018-19 season.
|Full name||Winchester Rugby Football Club|
|Location||Winchester, Hampshire, England|
|Ground(s)||North Walls Park|
|Coach(es)||Gareth Martin (1stXV), Mark Vickers (2ndXV), Andy Fields (Knights)|
|Captain(s)||Jim Beavan (1stXV), Charlie Green (2ndXV), Matt Stagg (Knights)|
|League(s)||London 2 South West|
|2018–19||Promoted from London 3 South West (champions)|
Winchester was founded in autumn 1929 when 17 rugby enthusiasts met at the Cart & Horses pub in Kings Worthy. Up until 1971 their home ground was a field rented from a farmer in Kings Worthy when they moved to their present 10 acre ground at North Walls Park off Hilliers Way.
|1987–88||London 3 South West||7||8||8||relegated|
|1990–91||Hampshire 1||8||18||1||champions, promoted|
|1991–92||London 3 South West||7||9||6|
|1992–93||London 3 South West||7||10||8|
|1993–94||London 3 South West||7||3||12||relegated|
|1995–96||Hampshire 1||8||24||1||champions, promoted|
|1996–97||London 3 South West||7||20||1||champions, promoted|
|1997–98||London 2 South||6||26||2||runners-up|
|1998–99||London 2 South||6||28||1/15||champions, promoted|
|1999–00||London Division 1||5||20||7/17|
|2000–01||London Division 1||5||10||9/11|
|2001–02||London Division 1||5||14||10/12|
|2002–03||London Division 1||5||16||10/12||relegated|
|2003–04||London 2 South||6||16||10/12||relegated|
|2004–05||London 3 South West||7||21||4/12|
|2005–06||London 3 South West||7||22||5/12|
|2006–07||London 3 South West||7||22||6/12|
|2007–08||London 3 South West||7||22||6/12|
|2008–09||London 3 South West||7||9||12/12||[a 1]|
|2009–10||London 2 South West||7||9||12/12||relegated|
|2010–11||London 3 South West||8||51||8/12|
|2011–12||London 3 South West||8||68||5/12|
|2012–13||London 3 South West||8||93||1/12||champions, promoted|
|2013–14||London 2 South West||7||47||7/12|
|2014–15||London 2 South West||7||72||3/12|
|2015–16||London 2 South West||7||71||4/12|
|2016–17||London 2 South West||7||51||7/12|
|2017–18||London 2 South West||7||36||11/12||relegated|
|2018–19||London 3 South West||8||99||1/12||champions, promoted|
|2019–20||London 2 South West||7||/12|
- There was no relegation this year as the division would be renamed London Division 2 South West for the 2009-10 season and along with the whole national restructuring of the league system by the RFU lead to mass changes at all levels.
Notable club membersEdit
- Ben Donnell, back-row who plays for London Irish and has represented England at U18 level.
- Joe Marchant, centre who played for Winchester as a school boy from 2002–12, Hampshire, Harlequins and England.
- Chris Ashwin, fly-half who played for Winchester, Hampshire and Bristol.
- Andy Fields, hooker who played for Hong Kong and Valley, represented England at U20 and U18 level and was Head Coach of Winchester for seven years.
- Rolf Stratford, started playing with Winchester with stints at New Brighton and Rosslyn Park and represented British Polytechnics, English Students and Hampshire, returning to Winchester as a player, coach for many teams and was the club's President.
- Budge Pountney, flanker who won 31 caps and captained Scotland and was a player and then Director of Rugby at Northampton Saints.
- LeRoy Angel BEM, winger, played over 500 times for Winchester, most capped wing three-quarter for Hampshire, President of the RFU in 2005
- Ernest Beddard Jackson, prop who played over 200 times for Winchester and also for Worcester and had four England call ups between 1952-53.
- Charles Sylvester Wooldridge, played for Blackheath and England seven times between 1882 and 1885, was the club's first President.
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