UPS & DOWNS Taunton promoted to National League One

rfu logoThe Rugby Football Union has confirmed final 2019-20 league positions, promotions and relegations following the enforced premature conclusion of the rugby season in England as a result of COVID-19.

Taunton Titans are confirmed as National Two South champions and along with runaway National Two North champions Caldy will play in National League One next season.

Tony Yapp's Titans will face the likes of South West rivals Plymouth Albion, who finished sixth in National One, and Cinderford (8th) next term.

Tonbridge Juddian are also promoted from Nat 2 South, just ahead of Nigel Hambly's third placed Redruth who narrowly missed out on promotion despite winning their last 13 league games on the spin.

Barnstaple top South West Premier and are heading back to National League 2 South after a two-year absence and narrowly missing out to an immediate return in last year’s end of season play-offs.

Guernsey Raiders – who finished runners-up to Rochford Hundred in London & South East Premier – bounce straight back to National Two South.

Second bottom Newbury Blues and basement side Bracknell are relegated from South West Premier.

Weston’s Hornets (West) and Gloucester’s Old Centralians (East) topped their respective South West One divisions and will be promoted along with Royal Wootton Bassett runners-up to Old Cents in SW1E.

Cleve and Newton Abbot (Devon All Whites) are relegated from South West 1 West, Wimborne and Salisbury from SW1 East.

Runaway winners Stroud topped Western Counties North and go up.

Champions Wellington and St Austell will be promoted from Western Counties West while table-topping Oxfordshire side Grove and runners-up Frome are Southern Counties South.

Coney Hill, Bristol Saracens (WCN) Saltash, Cullompton (WCW) and North Dorset (SCS) are relegated. Come back stronger all!

Proposals from the RFU governance committee to conclude the season for those leagues at both professional and community level were ratified by the RFU Council.

It was agreed that final standings for the Greene King IPA Championship and men’s and women’s community game would be calculated on a best playing record formula maintaining promotion and relegation for those leagues. 

Potential level transfers from levels 4-7 will be reviewed in the coming weeks in accordance with the normal end of season process.

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