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London 3 Essex
Current season or competition:
2019–20 London 3 Essex
SportRugby union
Instituted2017; 7 years ago (2017)
Number of teams12
Country England
HoldersChelmsford (1st title) (2019–20)
(promoted to London 2 North East)
Most titlesBasildon, Chelmsford, Epping Upper Clapton (1 title)

London 3 Essex is an English rugby union league that is at the eighth level of the English rugby union system and is available to club sides based in Essex and north-east London. Promoted teams move up to London 2 North East with league champions going up automatically and the runners up playing a playoff against the runners up from London 3 Eastern Counties, while demoted teams usually drop down to Essex Canterbury Jack 1, with new teams also coming up from this league. Each year all clubs in the division also take part in the RFU Senior Vase - a level 8 national competition.

The division was created for the 2017-18 as part of an RFU reorganization of the London & South East regional league. Originally there had been a London 3 North East league which had involved teams from Essex and north-east London along with teams from the Eastern Counties (Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk). Due to the distances involved for teams travelling potentially from London to Norfolk and vice versa, at the end of the 2016–17 season this league was discontinued. Teams in Essex and north-east London who had played in London 3 North East were transferred into the new look London 3 Essex along with additional promoted teams from the Essex regional leagues, while the Eastern Counties sides went into another new division called London 3 Eastern Counties.

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.

Season 2020–21

On 30 October the RFU announced [1] that a decision had been taken to cancel Adult Competitive Leagues (National League 1 and below) for the 2020/21 season meaning London 3 Essex was not contested.

Teams for 2019-20

Teams for 2018-19

Teams for 2017-18

London 3 Essex honours

London 3 Essex is a tier 8 league with promotion up to London 2 North East and relegation down to Essex 1.

London 3 Essex
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2017–18[2] 10 Basildon Millwall Mavericks, Upminster, Clacton
2018–19[3] 12 Epping Upper Clapton East London Millwall, Maldon, Canvey Island
2019–20[4] 12 Chelmsford Harlow Barking, Ilford, Basildon
2020–21 12
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Promotion play-offs

Since the 2017–18 season there has been a play-off between the runners-up of London 3 Eastern Counties and London 3 Essex for the third and final promotion place to London 3 North East. The team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. At the end of the 2019–20 season the London 3 Eastern Counties have been the most successful with two wins to the London 3 Essex teams none; and the home team has won promotion on two occasions compared to the away teams none.

London 3 (Eastern Counties v Essex) promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2017–18[5] Southwold (EC) 49-3 Millwall (EX) The Common, Southwold, Suffolk 300[6]
2018–19[7] Holt (EC) 31-22 East London (EX) Bridge Road, Holt, Norfolk
2019–20 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Best ranked runner up - Cantabrigian (EC) - promoted instead.
Green background is the promoted team. EC = London 3 Eastern Counties and EX = London 3 Essex

Number of league titles

See also



  1. ^ "RFU Cancels Adult Competitive Leagues for the 2020/21 Season". RFU. 20 October 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  2. ^ "2017–18 London South-East Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  3. ^ "2018-2019 London & South-East Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Men's London & South East Level 8 and below leagues 2019–20" (PDF). England Rugby. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Wold Simply Blow Their London Rivals Away To Gain Promotion". Southwold RFC (Pitchero). Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Rare smiles indeed from Buster and Fossett - it must have been a special day!". Southwold RFC (Pitchero). Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Holt earn promotion to London 2NE". Holt RFC (Pitchero). Retrieved 21 April 2018.