London 2 South West
Current season or competition:
2019–20 London 2 South West
SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 34 years ago (1987) (as London 3 South West)
Number of teams12
Country England
HoldersBattersea Ironsides (1st title) (2019–20)
(promoted to London 1 South)
Most titlesGuildford (3 titles)
Websiteenglandrugby.com

London 2 South West is an English level 7 Rugby Union League.[1] When this division began in 1987 it was known as London 3 South West, changing to its current name ahead of the 2009–10 season. The division is made up of teams predominantly from south-west London, Surrey, and Hampshire. The 12 teams play home and away matches from September through to April. Each year all clubs in the division are also invited to take part in the RFU Intermediate Cup - a level 7 national competition.

Promoted teams move up to London 1 South with league champions going up automatically and the runners up playing a playoff against the runners up from London 2 South East while demoted teams usually drop down to London 3 South West.

Teams for 2021–22

The teams competing in 2021-22 achieved their places in the league based on performances in 2019-20, the 'previous season' column in the table below refers to that season not 2020-21.

Old Tonbridgians who finished 10th in 2019-20 were unable to fulfil their fixtures in and withdrew from the league in November 2021.

Season 2020–21

On 30 October the RFU announced [2] that a decision had been taken to cancel Adult Competitive Leagues (National League 1 and below) for the 2020/21 season meaning London 2 South West was not contested.

Teams for 2019–20

Teams for 2018–19

Teams for 2017–18

Teams for 2016-17

Teams for 2015-16

Teams for 2014-15

Teams for 2013-14

Teams for 2012-13

1 Chobham 87

2 Sutton & Epsom 85

3 Guildford 80

4 Tottonians 71

5 Effingham & Leatherhead 59

6 Old Reigatian 50

7 Portsmouth 50

8 London Cornish 38

9 Teddington 37

10 Old Alleynian 35

11 KCS Old Boys 35

12 Camberley 15

Teams for 2011-12

1 Gosport & Fareham 97

2 Wimbledon 88

3 Guildford 67

4 London Cornish 59

5 Tottonians 55

6 Old Reigatian 54

7 Camberley 48

8 Effingham & Leatherhead 45

9 Chobham 43

10 Teddington 39

11 Twickenham 38

12 Bognor 15

Teams for 2010-11

Teams for 2009-10

Original teams

When league rugby began in 1987 this division (known as London 3 South West) contained the following teams:

London 2 South West Honours

London 3 South West (1987–1993)

Originally known as London 3 South West, this division was a tier 7 league with promotion up to London 2 South and relegation down to either Hampshire 1 or Surrey 1.

London 3 South West Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1987–88 11 Purley Alton Trojans, Warlingham
1988–89 11 Alton Old Guildfordians Jersey, Winchester
1989–90 11 Dorking Purley Gosport
1990–91 11 Old Blues Old Reigatian Old Whitgiftian
1991–92 11 KCS Old Boys Old Reigatian No relegation[b]
1992–93 13 Old Wimbledonians Warlingham Jersey, Millbrook
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

London 3 South West (1993–1996)

At the end of the 1992–93 season, the top six teams from London 1 and the top six from South West 1 were combined to create National 5 South. This meant that London 3 South West dropped from a tier 7 league to a tier 8 league for the years that National 5 South was active. Promotion continued to London 2 South, and relegation to either Hampshire 1 or Surrey 1.

London 3 South West Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1993–94 13 Portsmouth Old Guildfordians United Services Portsmouth, Winchester
1994–95 12 Wimbledon Alton Eastleigh, Southampton
1995–96 13 Old Guildfordians Portsmouth Cranleigh, Old Alleynians
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

London 3 South West (1996–2000)

The cancellation of National 5 South at the end of the 1995–96 season meant that London 3 South West reverted to being a tier 7 league. Promotion continued to London 2 South and relegation to either Hampshire 1 or Surrey 1.

London 3 South West Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1996–97 13 Winchester Warlingham[c] No relegation[d]
1997–98 17 Alton Jersey Guy's Hospital, Old Walcountians, Esso
1998–99[4] 16 Effingham & Leatherhead Jersey Streatham-Croydon, Farnborough
1999–00[5] 17 Gosport & Fareham Jersey Multiple teams[e]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

London 3 South West (2000–2009)

London 3 South West continued to be a tier 7 league with promotion up to London 2 South. However, the introduction of London 4 South West ahead of the 2000–01 season meant that clubs were relegated into this new division instead of into Hampshire 1 or Surrey 1.

London 3 South West Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2000–01[6] 10 Portsmouth Gosport & Fareham Old Emanuel
2001–02[7] 10 Andover Cobham Weybridge Vandals
2002–03[8] 10 Richmond Barnes Dorking
2003–04[9] 10 Guildford Old Wimbledonians Old Blues
2004–05[10] 12 Jersey Effingham & Leatherhead Alton
2005–06[11] 12 Andover London Irish Amateur Weybridge Vandals, Farnham
2006–07[12] 12 Chobham Dorking Gosport & Fareham, Camberley, Old Mid-Whitgiftian
2007–08[13] 12 Cobham Purley John Fisher Old Wimbledonians, Andover
2008–09[14] 12 Chichester Wimbledon[f] No relegation[15]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

London 2 South West (2009–present)

Nationwide league restructuring by the RFU ahead of the 2009–10 season saw London 3 South West renamed as London 2 South West. It remained at level 7 with promotion to London 1 South (formerly London 2 South) and relegation to London 3 South West (formerly London 4 South West).

London 2 South West Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2009–10[16] 12 London Irish Amateur Guernsey Winchester, London South Africa
2010–11[17] 12 Guernsey Trojans KCS Old Boys, Weybridge Vandals
2011–12[18] 12 Gosport & Fareham Wimbledon Bognor, Twickenham
2012–13[19] 12 Chobham Sutton & Epsom Camberley, KCS Old Boys
2013–14[20] 12 Guildford Gosport & Fareham Teddington, Trojans
2014–15[21] 12 Tottonians London Cornish Tadley, Farnham
2015–16[22] 12 Cobham London Cornish Basingstoke, Weybridge Vandals
2016–17[23] 12 London Cornish Camberley Warlingham, Portsmouth
2017–18[24] 12 Camberley Old Reigatian Andover, Winchester
2018–19[25] 12 KCS Old Boys Farnham Effingham & Leatherhead, Gosport & Fareham
2019–20[26] 12 Battersea Ironsides Farnham Old Cranleighans, Old Emanuel
2020–21 12
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Promotion play-offs

Since the 2000–01 season there has been a play-off between the runners-up of London 2 South East and London 2 South West for the third and final promotion place to London 1 South. The team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. At the end of the 2019–20 season the London 2 South West teams have been the most successful with ten wins to the London 2 South East teams nine, and the home team has won promotion on eleven occasions compared to the away teams eight.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season ended in March with four game rounds remaining. On 4 April 2020 the RFU announced that a "best playing record formula" would be used to determine promotion and relegation and there would be no play-offs. Consequently, Farnham RFC (84.33 adjusted points tally) were promoted to London 1 South in favour of London 2 South East runners up Old Colfeians (83.11 adjusted points tally).

London 2 (south-east v south-west) promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000-01[27] Gosport & Fareham (SW) 27-14 Sidcup (SE) Gosport Park, Gosport, Hampshire
2001-02[28] Sidcup (SE) 21-23 Cobham (SW) Crescent Farm, Sidcup, Kent
2002-03[29] Barnes (SW) 41-3 Dartfordians (SE) Barn Elms, Barnes, London
2003-04[30] Old Wimbledonians (SW) 3-24 Lewes (SE) Somerset Avenue, Wimbledon, London
2004-05[31] Sevenoaks (SE) 33-12 Effingham & Leatherhead (SW) Knole Paddock, Sevenoaks, Kent
2005-06[32] Purley John Fisher (SE) 15-23 London Irish Wild Geese (SW) Parsons Pightle, Old Coulsdon, Greater London
2006-07[33] Dorking (SW) 21-6 Purley John Fisher (SE) The Big Field, Brockham, Surrey
2007-08[34] Purley John Fisher (SW) 19-25 Dover (SE) Parsons Pightle, Old Coulsdon, Greater London 400
2008-09[35] Aylesford Bulls (SE)[g] 20-36 Wimbledon (SW) Hall Road, Aylesford, Kent
2009-10[37] Hove (SE) 17-14 Guernsey (SW) Hove Recreation Ground, Hove, East Sussex
2010-11[38] Aylesford Bulls (SE) 14-28 Trojans (SW) Hall Road, Aylesford, Kent
2011-12[39] Wimbledon (SW) 18-6 Charlton Park (SE) Barham Road, Wimbledon, London
2012-13[40] Charlton Park (SE) 12-15 Sutton & Epsom (SW) Broad Walk, Kidbrooke, Greater London
2013-14[41] Gosport & Fareham (SW) 14-10 Maidstone (SE) Gosport Park, Gosport, Hampshire
2014-15[42] Medway (SE) 29-12 London Cornish (SW) Priestfields, Rochester, Kent 600
2015-16[43] Sevenoaks (SE) 37-31 London Cornish (SW) Knole Paddock, Sevenoaks, Kent 234
2016-17[44] Camberley (SW) 17-20 Old Colfeians (SE) Watchetts Recreation Ground, Camberley, Surrey
2017-18[45] Hove (SE) 17-16 Old Reigatian (SW) Hove Recreation Ground, Hove, East Sussex
2018-19[46] Horsham (SE) 44-17 Farnham (SW) Coolhurst Ground, Horsham, West Sussex 600
2019–20 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Best ranked runner up - Farnham (SW) - promoted instead.
2020–21
Green background is the promoted team. SE = London 2 South East (formerly London 3 South East) and SW = London 2 South West (formerly London 3 South West)

Number of league titles

Notes

  1. ^ Purley would merge with John Fisher Old Boys RFC on 1997 to form Purley John Fisher RFC.[3]
  2. ^ As the league was due to increase from 11 to 13 teams for the follow season, there was no relegation.
  3. ^ 3rd place Portsmouth also promoted.
  4. ^ No relegation as league was set to expand from 13 to 17 teams for the following season.
  5. ^ The introduction of London 4 South West for the following season meant that eleven clubs would be relegated. Old Reigatian and Old Whitgiftian dropped two levels to Surrey 1, while Old Alleynian, Fawley, Purley John Fisher, Tottonians, Southampton, Reeds Weybridge, Cranleigh, Barnes and Cobham went into the new London 4 South West division.
  6. ^ Both Wimbledon and the runners up from London 2 East, Aylesford Bulls, were promoted to London 2 South this year.
  7. ^ Despite losing the playoff, Aylesford Bulls would join Wimbledon in London 1 South the following season.[36]
  8. ^ Includes 1 title won by founder club Old Guildfordians.

See also

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