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

Regional 1 North East
12 clubs

Regional 1 North West
12 clubs

Regional 1 South East
12 clubs

Regional 1 South Central
12 clubs

Regional 1 South West
12 clubs

Regional 1 Midlands
12 clubs

6

Regional 2 North
12 clubs

Regional 2 North East
12 clubs

Regional 2 North West
12 clubs

Regional 2 Anglia
12 clubs

Regional 2 South East
12 clubs

Regional 2 Thames
12 clubs

Regional 2 South Central
12 clubs

Regional 2 South West
12 clubs

Regional 2 Severn
12 clubs

Regional 2 West Midlands
12 clubs

Regional 2 North Midlands
12 clubs

Regional 2 East Midlands
12 clubs

7

Counties 1 Cumbria
12 clubs

Counties 1 Durham & Northumberland
12 clubs

Counties 1 Yorkshire
12 clubs

Counties 1 ADM Lancashire & Cheshire
12 clubs

Counties 1 Eastern Counties
12 clubs

Counties 1 Essex
12 clubs

Counties 1 Kent
12 clubs

Counties 1 Hampshire
12 clubs

Counties 1 Surrey / Sussex
12 clubs

Counties 1 Herts / Middlesex
12 clubs

Counties 1 Southern North
12 clubs

Counties 1 Southern South
12 clubs

Counties 1 Western North
12 clubs

Counties 1 Western South
12 clubs

Counties 1 Midlands West (South)
12 clubs

Counties 1 Midlands West (North)
12 clubs

Counties 1 Midlands East (North)
12 clubs

Counties 1 Midlands East (South)
12 clubs

8

Counties 2 ADM Lancashire & Cheshire
Counties 2 Durham & Northumberland
Counties 2 Yorkshire

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

Counties 2 Cornwall
Counties 2 Devon
Counties 2 Gloucestershire North
Counties 2 Gloucestershire South
Counties 2 Somerset
Counties 2 Berks/Bucks & Oxon North
Counties 2 Berks/Bucks & Oxon South
Counties 2 Dorset & Wilts Central
Counties 2 Dorset & Wilts North
Counties 2 Dorset & Wilts South

Counties 2 Midlands West (North)
Counties 2 Midlands West (South)
Counties 2 Midlands East (North)
Counties 2 Midlands East (South)

9

Counties 3 ADM Lancashire & Cheshire
Counties 3 Durham & Northumberland
Counties 3 Yorkshire

Counties 3 Kent
Counties 3 Hampshire
Counties 3 Herts/Middlesex
Counties 3 Surrey

Counties 3 Cornwall
Counties 3 Devon East
Counties 3 Devon West
Counties 3 Gloucestershire North
Counties 3 Gloucestershire South
Counties 3 Somerset North
Counties 3 Somerset South
Counties 3 Berks/Bucks & Oxon North
Counties 3 Berks/Bucks & Oxon South
Counties 3 Dorset & Wilts Central
Counties 3 Dorset & Wilts North
Counties 3 Dorset & Wilts South

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

10

Counties 4 ADM Lancashire & Cheshire
Counties 4 Yorkshire

Counties 4 Kent
Counties 4 Surrey

Counties 4 Gloucestershire North
Counties 4 Gloucestershire South
Counties 4 Somerset North
Counties 4 Somerset South
Counties 4 Berks/Bucks & Oxon North
Counties 4 Berks/Bucks & Oxon South

Counties 4 Midlands West (North)
Counties 4 Midlands West (South)

11

n/a

Counties 5 Surrey

n/a

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