Devon RFU
Full nameDevon Rugby Football Union
Founded1877; 147 years ago (1877)
PresidentMaureen Jackson
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The Devon Rugby Football Union is the governing body for the sport of rugby union in the county of Devon in England. The union is the constituent body of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) for Devon, and administers and organises rugby union clubs and competitions in the county. It also administers the Devon county rugby representative teams.


The first rugby team representing Devon was formed in 1877 but was solely a team with no organisation role. The Devon RFU was formed, as the Devon County Football Club, in 1881.[1] Devon were the first opponents of The Original All Blacks during their famous 1905-6 tour. They lost 55–4.[2]

Devon senior men's county side

The Devon senior men's county side currently play in the Bill Beaumont Division 1 South. Historically, they are one of the strongest counties in the competition having won it multiple times although they have not won a trophy since 2007.


Affiliated clubs

There are currently 49 clubs affiliated with the Devon RFU, most of which have teams at both senior and junior level. The majority of teams are in Devon but a couple are based in Cornwall.


County club competitions

The Devon RFU currently runs the following competitions for club sides based in Devon:




Discontinued competitions


  1. ^ Saltash are based in Cornwall and are joint members of both the Cornwall RFU and Devon RFU.[3]
  2. ^ St Columba & Torpoint are based in Cornwall but belong to the Devon RFU.

See also


  1. ^ "Mission and Brief History". Devon Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Mission and Brief History – Devon RFU". Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Affiliated Cornish Clubs". Cornwall RFU. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Clubs". Devon RFU. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  5. ^ "DRFU Handbook 2011-12" (PDF). Devon RFU. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  6. ^ "David Butt Memorial Trophy". Devon RFU. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.