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.

Structure

See also: English rugby union system

Level

1

Premiership Rugby
13 clubs

2

RFU Championship
12 clubs

3

National League 1
14 clubs

4

National League 2 North
14 clubs

National League 2 East
14 clubs

National League 2 West
14 clubs

5

TBC 1
12 clubs

TBC 2
12 clubs

TBC 3
12 clubs

TBC 4
12 clubs

TBC 5
12 clubs

TBC 6
12 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)
14 clubs

Midlands 2 West (South)
14 clubs

Midlands 2 East (North)
14 clubs

Midlands 2 East (South)
14 clubs

Durham Northumberland 1
14 clubs

Yorkshire 1
14 clubs

North 2 West
14 clubs

London 2 North East
12 clubs

London 2 North West
12 clubs

London 2 South East
12 clubs

London 2 South West
12 clubs

Tribute Western Counties North
14 clubs

Tribute Western Counties West
14 clubs

Southern Counties North
12 clubs

Southern Counties South
12 clubs

8

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

Cumbria League
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)

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
Dorset & Wilts 2 Central

10

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

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

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

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

11

n/a

n/a

Surrey 3
Hampshire 2
Eastern Counties 3
Sussex 3

Somerset 3 North
Somerset 3 South
Berks/Bucks & Oxon 3 North
Berks/Bucks & Oxon 3 South

12

n/a

n/a

Hampshire 3
Surrey 4
Sussex 4 West
Sussex 4 East

n/a

Premiership

Main article: English Premiership (rugby union)

RFU Championship

Main article: RFU Championship

National League 1

Main article: National League 1

National League 2

National League 2 North

Main article: National League 2 North

National League 2 South

Main article: National League 2 South