South West 1 West
Current season or competition:
2021–22 South West 1 West
SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 35 years ago (1987) (as South West 2)
Number of teams13
Country England
HoldersChew Valley (1st title) (2021–22)
Most titlesCinderford, Hornets, Matson, Old Patesians, Truro (2 titles)
WebsiteSouth West 1 West

South West 1 West (currently known as Tribute South West 1 West due to sponsorship) is an English, level six, rugby union league for clubs based in the south-west of England; mainly Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. It was originally a single division known as South West 2 but in 1996 the division was split into two regional leagues – South West 1 West and South West 1 East.

The champions are promoted to South West Premier (formerly National League 3 South West) and the runner-up plays the second team in South West 1 East, with the winning team gaining promotion. Relegated sides usually play in one of the three seventh-tier leagues — Western Counties North, Western Counties West or occasionally, Southern Counties South.

Chew Valley are the current champions.

2021–22

Participating teams and location

Ahead of the new season, Stroud RFC (promoted as Western Counties North champions in 2019–20) withdrew league, leaving thirteen teams in this seasons competiton.[1] Ten of the teams in this seasons competition competed in 2019–20. The 'previous season' column in the table below refers to 2019–20 not 2020–21, which was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Of the thirteen teams competing in this seasons competition, five are from Somerset, four from Gloucester, three from Devon and one from Cornwall. The season started on 4 September 2021 and the final matches were played on 23 April 2022.

Chew Valley won the competition for the first time, just one point ahead of both Devonport Services and Lydney, in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Owing to the reorganisation of the league system for next season, an announcement is awaited from the RFU as to which league teams will be allocated to.

League table

2021–22 South West 1 West League Table [2]
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points Points adjusted
1 Chew Valley (P) 24 19 0 5 803 404 399 14 2 92
2 Devonport Services 24 19 1 4 786 385 401 12 1 91
3 Lydney 24 18 1 5 643 350 293 13 3 91
4 St Austell 24 16 0 8 670 364 306 15 5 85
5 Thornbury 24 15 1 8 641 496 145 13 3 78
6 Keynsham 26 14 0 10 516 430 86 8 5 69
7 Newent 24 12 0 12 579 556 23 9 4 61
8 Sidmouth] 24 9 2 13 467 521 −54 5 5 50
9 Crediton 24 10 0 14 412 538 −126 5 6 47 −5
10 Bridgwater & Albion] 24 7 1 16 399 757 −358 3 4 37
11 North Petherin 24 5 0 19 466 824 −358 6 9 35
12 Wellington 24 6 1 17 417 666 −249 5 3 30 −5
13 Old Patesians 24 2 1 21 341 849 −508 5 5 20
  • Points are awarded as follows:
  • four points for a win
  • two points for a draw
  • no points for a loss
  • one bonus point for scoring four tries or more in a match
  • one bonus point for losing by seven points or less.

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams

Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 4 May 2022

2020–21

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the season was cancelled.

2019–20

Participating teams and location

League table

2019–20 South West 1 West League Table (to 16 March 2020, when play stopped due to COVID-19) Final Positions[4]
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points Final
position
Team Points
(adjusted)
1 Hornets (P) 20 15 1 4 673 333 340 10 3 75 1 Hornets 88
2 Lydney 20 14 0 6 549 351 198 10 2 68 2 Lydney 82
3 Devonport Services 19 12 2 5 500 358 142 9 4 65 3 Thornbury 82
4 Thornbury 20 12 0 8 589 367 222 12 4 64 4 Devonport Services 81
5 Sidmouth 21 12 1 8 516 412 104 8 4 62 5 Sidmouth 71
6 Chew Valley 21 11 0 10 638 538 100 13 4 61 6 Chew Valley 70
7 Bridgwater & Albion 20 11 0 9 417 452 −35 8 2 54 7 Bridgewater & Albion 65
8 Keynsham 20 11 0 9 414 384 30 3 5 52 8 North Petherton 61
9 North Petherton 20 10 0 10 429 437 −8 8 3 51 9 Keynsham 60
10 Crediton 20 7 0 13 351 654 −303 6 4 38 10 Crediton 46
11 Newent 19 6 0 13 366 515 −149 4 4 32 11 Newent 40
12 Cleve 20 5 1 14 322 594 −272 6 1 29 12 Cleve 35
13 Newton Abbot 20 1 1 18 288 657 −369 4 7 17 13 Newton Abbot 20
  • Points are awarded as follows: four points for a win; two points for a draw; no points for a loss; one bonus point for scoring four tries or more in a match; one bonus point for losing by seven points or less.

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams

Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 30 January 2021

2018–19

Participating teams and location

League table

2018–19 South West 1 West League Table [5]
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 Okehampton (P) 26 22 0 4 821 339 482 17 3 109
2 Launceston (P) 26 21 0 5 835 520 315 17 3 106
3 Newent 26 18 0 8 713 511 202 15 4 92
4 Bridgwater & Albion 26 17 0 9 780 581 199 15 4 87
5 North Petherton 26 17 0 9 718 651 67 15 1 84
6 St Ives 26 15 0 11 786 623 163 14 7 82
7 Lydney 26 13 0 13 653 504 149 12 7 71
8 Devonport Services 26 13 0 13 676 612 64 11 7 70
9 Keynsham 26 13 0 13 525 517 8 9 3 62
10 Hornets 26 11 0 15 770 787 −17 15 3 62
11 Thornbury 26 12 0 14 667 657 10 10 3 61
12 Teignmouth 26 7 0 19 573 785 −212 10 6 44
13 Cullompton 26 2 0 24 448 970 −522 6 5 19
14 Coney Hill 26 1 0 25 248 1156 −908 3 1 −12 [b]
  • Points are awarded as follows: four points for a win; two points for a draw; no points for a loss; one bonus point for scoring four tries or more in a match; one bonus point for losing by seven points or less.

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams

Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 23 January 2021

Promotion play-off

This seasons play-off for promotion to the South West Premier was between Launceston and Old Centralians. Launceston had the better playing record and hosted the match at Polson Bridge, winning 33 – 22.[6] This was the 19th play-off match, the first for Launceston and the second for Old Centralians who won promotion 2013. It was the 13th win for the home team and south-west teams have also won the match on 13 occasions.

Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
Launceston 26 21 0 5 835 520 315 17 3 106
Old Centralians 26 21 0 5 809 472 337 15 2 101
27 April 2018
Launceston 33 – 22 Old Centralians
Polson Bridge, Launceston
Attendance: 1000+

2017–18

Participating teams and location

The 2017–18 South West 1 West consists of fourteen teams; five from Devon, four each from Gloucestershire and Somerset, and one from Cornwall. Ten of the fourteen teams participated in last season's competition. The season started on 2 September 2016 and the last league matches were played on 21 April 2017. The play-off match was played a week later on 28 April 2017.

League table

2017–18 South West 1 West League Table [8]
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 Drybrook (P) 26 24 0 2 899 316 583 18 2 116
2 Exeter University (P) 26 22 0 4 992 462 530 23 3 114
3 Launceston 26 18 1 7 692 443 249 10 3 88
4 Newent 26 17 1 8 628 482 146 11 2 83
5 Okehampton 26 13 0 13 615 583 32 11 5 68
6 North Petherton 26 13 0 13 615 710 −95 9 4 65
7 Thornbury 26 11 0 15 641 633 8 12 8 64
8 Teignmouth 26 12 1 13 591 687 −96 8 4 62
9 Cullompton 26 10 1 15 580 636 −56 11 5 58
10 Bridgwater & Albion 26 10 0 16 528 621 −93 9 9 58
11 Keynsham 26 11 0 15 482 660 −178 8 4 56
12 Matson 26 9 1 16 462 644 −182 8 2 43 [c]
13 Bideford 26 6 1 19 523 752 −229 8 9 43
14 Clevedon 26 3 0 23 417 1036 −619 4 5 21
  • Points are awarded as follows: four points for a win; two points for a draw; no points for a loss; one bonus point for scoring four tries or more in a match; one bonus point for losing by seven points or less.

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams

Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 12 January 2021

Promotion play-off

This seasons play-off for promotion to the South West Premier was between Exeter University and Banbury. Over the season Exeter University had the better playing record and hosted the match at Topsham Sports Ground, winning 41 – 32. This was the 18th play-off match and the first for each of the teams; it was the 12th win for the home team and south-west teams have also won the match on 12 occasions. Banbury's total of 32 points was the most by a losing team and also the most by an away team.

Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
Exeter University (P) 26 22 0 4 992 462 530 23 3 114
Banbury 26 22 1 3 906 434 472 20 2 112
28 April 2018
Exeter University 42 – 31 Banbury
Topsham Sports Ground

2016–17

Participating teams and location

The 2016–17 South West 1 West consists of fourteen teams; six from Somerset and four each from Devon and Gloucestershire. Ten of the fourteen teams participated in last season's competition. The season started on 3 September 2016 and the last league matches were played on 22 April 2017. The play-off match was played a week later on 29 April 2017.

Team Ground Capacity Town/Village Previous season
Bideford King George's Field 2,000 Bideford, Devon 5th
Bridgwater & Albion Bath Road 5,000 Bridgwater, Somerset 7th
Chard The Park, Essex Close[9] Chard, Somerset 11th
Clevedon Coleridge Vale Playing Fields Clevedon, Somerset 8th
Drybrook Mannings Ground Drybrook, Gloucestershire 6th
Kingsbridge High House 1,000 (50 seats) Kingsbridge, Devon promoted from Western Counties West (play-off)
Matson Redwell Road Matson, Gloucester promoted from Western Counties North (champions)
Midsomer Norton Norton Down Playing Fields Midsomer Norton, Somerset promoted from Southern Counties South (play-off)
Newent Recreation Ground Newent, Gloucestershire 3rd
North Petherton Beggars Brook North Petherton, Somerset 9th
Okehampton Showground 1,120 (120 seats) Okehampton, Devon promoted from Western Counties West (champions)
Teignmouth Bitton Park Sports Ground 1,210 (210 stand) Teignmouth, Devon 10th
Thornbury Cooper's Farm Thornbury, Gloucestershire 2nd
Weston-super-Mare Recreation Ground[9] 6,000 Weston-super-Mare, Somerset 4th

[10]

League table

2016–17 South West 1 West League Table[11]
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 Weston-super-Mare (P) 26 25 1 0 1123 259 864 23 0 125
2 Clevedon 26 20 1 5 908 356 552 12 5 99
3 Drybrook 26 16 1 9 618 356 194 8 4 78
4 Matson 26 16 0 10 643 581 62 11 3 78
5 Newent 26 15 0 11 676 454 222 12 6 78
6 Thornbury 26 15 0 11 624 585 39 12 2 74
7 North Petherton 26 13 1 12 663 679 −16 11 4 69
8 Okehampton 25 13 1 11 547 414 133 8 7 64
9 Bridgwater & Albion 26 13 0 13 564 569 −5 8 4 64
10 Teignmouth 26 10 1 15 564 783 −219 14 2 58
11 Bideford 26 9 0 17 474 635 −161 7 5 48
12 Chard 25 6 0 19 385 751 −366 7 3 34
13 Kingsbridge 26 5 1 20 380 753 −373 4 3 29
14 Midsomer Norton 26 1 1 24 278 1204 −926 1 1 8
  • Points are awarded as follows: four points for a win; two points for a draw; no points for a loss; one bonus point for scoring four tries or more in a match; one bonus point for losing by seven points or less.

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams

Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 30 April 2017

Promotion play-off

Each season, the runners-up in South West 1 East and South West 1 West, participate in a play-off for promotion to National League 3 South West. The team with the best playing record, in this case Newbury Blues, host the match and they beat their opponents Clevedon 25 – 22.

Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
Newbury Blues (P) 26 21 1 4 894 401 493 17 2 105
Clevedon 26 20 1 5 908 356 552 12 5 99
29 April 2017
15:00
Newbury Blues 25 – 22 Clevedon
Newbury
Monks Lane

2015–16

Camborne became champions on 9 April 2016, with two matches to play. Thornbury lost the play-off for promotion 24 – 26 at Salisbury and will continue to play in this league next season. Avonmouth OB, Coney Hill and Wells are all relegated to Western Counties North.

Participating teams and location

The 2015–16 South West 1 West consisted of fourteen teams; six from Somerset, four from Gloucestershire, two from Devon and one each from Bristol and Cornwall. Nine of the fourteen teams participated in last season's competition. The 2014–15 champions Cleve, and Ivybridge (via the play-off) were promoted to National League 3 South West. The relegated teams, Cullompton and St Austell will play in Western Counties West, and Matson will play in Western Counties North. The season started on 5 September 2015 and the last matches were played on 30 April 2016.

South West 1 West is located in England
Clevedon
Clevedon
Newent
Newent
N Petherton
N Petherton
Thornbury
Thornbury
Wells
Wells
Locations of the 2015-16 South West 1 West teams
Team Ground Capacity Town/Village Previous season
Avonmouth Old Boys Barracks Lane Shirehampton, Bristol 9th
Bideford King George's Field 2,000 Bideford, Devon 4th
Bridgwater & Albion Bath Road 5,000 Bridgwater, Somerset 3rd
Camborne Recreation Ground 7,000 (780 seats) Camborne, Cornwall 6th
Chard The Park, Essex Close[9] Chard, Somerset relegated from National League 3 South West
Clevedon Coleridge Vale Playing Fields Clevedon, Somerset 10th
Coney Hill Metz Way Coney Hill, Gloucester promoted from Western Counties North (champions)
Drybrook Mannings Ground Drybrook, Gloucestershire 11th
Newent Recreation Ground Newent, Gloucestershire promoted from Western Counties North (play-off)
North Petherton Beggars Brook North Petherton, Somerset 5th
Teignmouth Bitton Park Sports Ground 1,210 (210 stand) Teignmouth, Devon promoted from Western Counties West (champions)
Thornbury Cooper's Farm Thornbury, Gloucestershire 7th
Wells Charter Way Wells, Somerset 8th
Weston-super-Mare Recreation Ground[9] 2,000 Weston-super-Mare, Somerset relegated from National League 3 South West

League table

2015–16 South West 1 West League Table[12]
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 Camborne 26 23 0 3 774 306 468 15 2 110
2 Thornbury 26 19 0 7 779 411 368 14 5 95
3 Newent 26 20 1 5 594 395 199 9 3 94
4 Weston-super-Mare 26 16 0 10 685 530 155 8 5 77
5 Bideford 26 15 0 11 571 515 56 8 4 73
6 Drybrook 25 14 1 10 527 406 121 8 4 70
7 Bridgwater & Albion 26 14 0 12 452 553 −101 6 2 65
8 Clevedon 25 12 0 13 527 483 44 7 4 59
9 North Petherton 26 11 0 15 496 620 −124 7 5 56
10 Teignmouth 26 9 0 17 478 699 −221 10 5 52
11 Chard 26 8 1 17 535 613 −78 5 8 47
12 Wells 26 9 0 17 378 596 −218 1 4 41
13 Avonmouth Old Boys 26 7 1 18 465 653 −188 3 4 37
14 Coney Hill 26 2 0 24 296 777 −481 2 4 4
  • Points are awarded as follows: four points for a win; two points for a draw; no points for a loss; one bonus point for scoring four tries or more in a match; one bonus point for losing by seven points or less.

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams

Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 29 April 2016

Promotion play-off

Each season, the runners-up in South West 1 East and South West 1 West, participate in a play-off for promotion to National League 3 South West. The team with the best playing record, in this case Salisbury, host the match and their opponents are Thornbury.

Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
Salisbury (P) 26 20 1 5 732 395 337 11 3 96
Thornbury 26 19 0 7 779 411 368 14 5 95
30 April 2016
15:00
Salisbury 26 – 24 Thornbury
Thornbury
Castle Road
Attendance: 500[13]
Referee: Zerren Bell

2014–15

Cleve became champions with two matches to play and are promoted to National League 3 South West for next season. The team in second place, Ivybridge beat Towcestrians (the runner-up of South West 1 East) 25 – 20 in the play-off for promotion. St Austell and Cullompton are relegated to Western Counties West and Matson are relegated to Western Counties North.

Participating teams and location

The 2014–15 South West 1 West League consists of fourteen teams; four from Somerset, three each from Devon and Gloucestershire and two each from Bristol and Cornwall. The season started on 6 September 2014 and the last league matches were played on 18 April 2015; the play-off match was played a week later. Nine of the teams listed below participated in the South West 1 West last season. They were joined by Avonmouth OB who were relegated from National League 3 South West, Drybrook and Matson both promoted from Western Counties North, Ivybridge promoted from Western Counties West and Wells promoted from Southern Counties South.

Team Ground Capacity Town/Village Previous season
Avonmouth Old Boys Barracks Lane Shirehampton, Bristol relegated from National League 3 South West
Bideford King George's Field 2,000 Bideford, Devon 8th
Bridgwater & Albion Bath Road 5,000 Bridgwater, Somerset 9th
Camborne Recreation Ground 7,000 (780 seats) Camborne, Cornwall 3rd
Cleve The Hayfields Mangotsfield, Bristol 5th
Clevedon Coleridge Vale Playing Fields Clevedon, Somerset 11th
Cullompton Stafford Park Cullompton, Devon 10th
Drybrook Mannings Ground Drybrook, Gloucestershire promoted from Western Counties North
Ivybridge Cross-in-Hand Ivybridge, Devon promoted from Western Counties West
Matson Redwell Road Matson, Gloucester promoted from Western Counties North
North Petherton Beggars Brook North Petherton, Somerset 6th
St Austell Tregorrick Park 4,000 (300 seats) St Austell, Cornwall 4th
Thornbury Cooper's Farm Thornbury, Gloucestershire 7th
Wells Charter Way Wells, Somerset promoted from Southern Counties South

League table

2014–15 South West 1 West League Table[14]
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 Cleve 26 22 0 4 705 376 329 17 2 107
2 Ivybridge (P) 26 18 0 8 760 596 164 17 5 94
3 Bridgwater & Albion 26 16 0 10 669 505 164 16 5 80
4 Bideford 26 14 1 11 681 603 78 13 5 76
5 North Petherton 26 15 1 10 659 590 69 11 5 73
6 Camborne 26 13 0 13 638 580 58 11 8 71
7 Thornbury 26 12 2 12 583 591 −8 11 3 66
8 Wells 26 12 1 13 610 569 41 9 5 64
9 Avonmouth Old Boys 26 12 2 12 509 580 −71 7 3 62
10 Clevedon 26 11 2 13 558 565 −7 6 6 60
11 Drybrook 26 12 1 13 436 511 −75 4 5 59
12 Matson 26 9 0 17 552 686 −134 8 7 51
13 St Austell 26 7 0 19 463 607 −144 5 6 39
14 Cullompton 26 4 0 22 441 905 −464 3 3 22
  • Points are awarded as follows: four points for a win; two points for a draw; no points for a loss; one bonus point for scoring four tries or more in a match; one bonus point for losing by seven points or less.

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams

Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 23 April 2015

Promotion play-off

Each season, the runners-up in South West 1 East and South West 1 West, participate in a play-off for promotion to National League 3 South West. The team with the best playing record, in this case Towcestrians, hosts the match; their opponents were Ivybridge who won 25 – 20.

Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
Towcestrians 26 21 0 5 704 405 299 15 3 103
Ivybridge (P) 26 18 0 8 760 596 164 17 5 94
25 April 2015
15:00
Towcestrians 20 – 25 Ivybridge
report
Greens Norton Road

2013–14

Participating teams and location

Team Ground Capacity Town/Village Previous season
Bideford King George's Field 2,000 Bideford, Devon promoted from Western Counties West
Bridgwater & Albion College Way 5,000 Bridgwater, Somerset
Camborne Recreation Ground 7,000 (780 seats) Camborne, Cornwall
Chard The Park Chard, Somerset
Cleve The Hayfields Mangotsfield, Bristol
Clevedon Coleridge Vale Playing Fields Clevedon, Somerset
Coney Hill Metz Way Gloucester, Gloucestershire switched from South West 1 East
Cullompton Stafford Park Cullompton, Devon
Hornets Hutton Moor Park Weston-super-Mare, Somerset promoted from Western Counties North
North Petherton Beggars Brook North Petherton, Somerset
Sidmouth Blackmore Field Sidmouth, Devon
St Austell Tregorrick Park 4,000 (300 seats) St Austell, Cornwall promoted from Western Counties West
Thornbury Cooper's Farm Thornbury, Gloucestershire
Wadebridge Camels Molesworth Field 500 Wadebridge, Cornwall

2012–13

Original teams

When league rugby began in 1987 this division (known as South West 2) contained the following teams:

South West 1 West honours

South West 2 (1987–1993)

Originally South West 1 West and South West 1 East were combined in a single division called South West 2. It was a tier 6 league with promotion up to South West 1 and relegation down to either Western Counties[d] or Southern Counties[e].

South West 2
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated teams Ref
1987–88 11 10 Berry Hill Reading Newbury, Devonport Services [15]
1988–89 11 10 Matson Brixham Launceston, Devon & Cornwall Police [16]
1989–90 11 10 Gordon League Torquay Athletic Bridgwater & Albion [16]
1990–91 11 10 Cinderford Newbury Redingensians, Bournemouth [17]
1991–92 11 10 Henley Sherborne[f] Reading Abbey [18]
1992–93 13 12 Stroud Barnstaple Old Culverhaysians [19]

South West 2

The top six teams from South West 1 and the top six from London 1 were combined to create National 5 South, meaning that South West 2 dropped to become a tier 7 league. Promotion continued to South West 1 and relegation to either Western Counties[g] or Southern Counties[h].

South West 2 honours
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated teams Ref
1993–94 13 12 Gloucester Old Boys Taunton Windsor [20]
1994–95 13 12 Matson Bridgwater & Albion Marlow [21]
1995–96 13 12 Launceston Stroud No relegation[i] [22]

South West 2 West (1996–2009)

League restructuring by the RFU for the 1996–97 season saw South West 2 split into two regional divisions known as South West 2 West and South West 2 East, and the cancellation of National 5 South meant that both divisions became tier 6 leagues. Promotion continued to South West 1, while relegation was now to either Western Counties North or Western Counties West[j].

South West 2 West
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated teams Ref
1996–97 12 22 Penzance-Newlyn Spartans Devonport Services, Combe Down [23]
1997–98 12 22 Old Patesians Keynsham Okehampton [24]
1998–99 12 22 Cinderford Dings Crusaders St Ives [25]
1999–00 12 22 Truro Brixham Tiverton, Taunton Titans, Spartans [26]
2000–01 14 26 Dings Crusaders Stroud St Austell, Clevedon, Penryn [27]
2001–02 12 22 Truro Berry Hill Camborne, Cheltenham North [28]
2002–03 12 22 St Mary's Old Boys Clevedon Torquay Athletic, Matson [29]
2003–04 12 22 Gloucester Old Boys Penryn Crediton, Taunton Titans, Thornbury [30]
2004–05 12 22 Spartans Coney Hill Gordon League, Stroud, Barnstaple [31]
2005–06 12 22 Mounts Bay St Ives Truro, Berry Hill, Gloucester Old Boys [32]
2006–07 12 22 Coney Hill Brixham Penryn, Spartans [33]
2007–08 12 22 Exmouth Barnstaple Hornets, Barton Hill, Camborne [34]
2008–09 12 22 Taunton Titans Newton Abbot Walcot [35]

South West 1 West (2009–present)

League restructuring by the RFU meant that South West 2 West and South East 2 East were renamed as South West 1 West and South West 1 East, with both leagues remaining at tier 6. Promotion was to National League 3 South West[k], while relegation continued to either Western Counties North or Western Counties West.

South West 1 West
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated teams Ref
2009–10 14 26 Hartpury College Newton Abbot Torquay Athletic, St Mary's Old Boys, Yatton [36]
2010–11 14 26 Chippenham Old Redcliffians St Ives, Walcot, Ivybridge [37]
2011–12 14 26 Brixham Avonmouth Old Boys Penryn, Berry Hill, Chosen Hill Former Pupils [38]
2012–13 14 26 Old Redcliffians Camborne Oldfield Old Boys, Paignton, North Dorset [39]
2013–14 14 26 Hornets Chard Wadebridge Camels, Coney Hill, Sidmouth [40]
2014–15 14 26 Cleve Ivybridge Matson, St Austell, Cullompton [41]
2015–16 14 26 Camborne Thornbury Wells, Avonmouth Old Boys, Coney Hill [42]
2016–17 14 26 Weston-super-Mare Clevedon Midsomer Norton, Kingsbridge, Chard [43]
2017–18 14 26 Drybrook Exeter University Clevedon, Bideford, Matson [44]
2018–19 14 26 Okehampton Launceston Coney Hill, Cullompton, Teignmouth [45]
2019–20 13[l] 20[m] Hornets Lydney Newton Abbot, Cleve [4]
2020–21 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.
2021–22 13 24 Chew Valley Devonport Services awaiting decision from the RFU [48]
Green background are the promotion places.

Promotion play-offs

Since the 2000–01 season there has been a play-off, between the league runners-up of South West 1 East and South West 1 West, for the third and final promotion place to South West Premier. The team with the superior league record has home advantage. As of the end of the 2018–19 season the South West 1 West teams' have been the stronger with thirteen wins to the South West 1 East teams' six, while the home team has won promotion thirteen times to the away teams six.

South West 1 (east v west) promotion play-off results
Season Home Score Away Venue Attendance
2000–01[49] Stroud (W) 37–8 Slough (E) Fromehall Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire
2001–02[50] Chippenham (E) 5–20 Berry Hill (W) Allington Fields, Chippenham, Wiltshire
2002–03[51] Clevedon (W) 22–8 Swanage & Wareham (E) Coleridge Vale Playing Fields, Clevedon, Somerset
2003–04[52] Swanage & Wareham (E) 19–23 Penryn (W) Bestwall Road, Dorset
2004-05[53] Chippenham (E) 24–18 Coney Hill (W) Allington Fields, Chippenham, Wiltshire
2005–06[54] Swanage & Wareham (E) 10–26 St Ives (W) Bestwall Road, Dorset
2006–07[55] Bournemouth (E) 43–12 Brixham (W) Chapel Gate, Bournemouth, Dorset
2007–08[56][57] Barnstaple (W) 17–6 Salisbury (E) Pottington Road, Barnstaple, Devon
2008–09[58][59] Reading (E) 16–10 Newton Abbot (W) Holme Park, Sonning, Reading, Berkshire
2009–10[60][61] Newton Abbot (W) 23–14 High Wycombe (E) Rackerhayes, Newton Abbot, Devon
2010–11[62][63] Old Redcliffians (W) 52–8 Maidenhead (E) Scotland Lane, Brislington, Bristol
2011–12[64][65] Salisbury (E) 13–13 (aet)[n] Avonmouth Old Boys (W) Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire
2012–13[67][68] Old Centralians (E) 25–15 Camborne (W) Saintbridge Sports Centre, Gloucester, Gloucestershire 500
2013–14[69][70] Towcestrians (E) 18–22 Chard (W) Greens Norton Road, Towcester, Northamptonshire
2014–15[71][72] Towcestrians (E) 20–25 Ivybridge (W) Greens Norton Road, Towcester, Northamptonshire
2015–16[73][74] Salisbury (E) 26–24 Thornbury (W) Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire 500
2016–17[75] Newbury Blues (E) 25−22 Clevedon (W) Monk's Lane, Newbury, Berkshire
2017–18[76] Exeter University (W) 42−31 Banbury (E) Topsham Sports Ground, Exeter, Devon
2018–19[77] Launceston (W) 33–22 Old Centralians (E) Polson Bridge, Launceston, Cornwall 1,200[78]
2019–20 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Best ranked runner up – Royal Wootton Bassett (E) – promoted instead.
2020–21 Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.
2021–22 Cancelled due to the reorganisation of the league structure
Green backgrounds represent promoted teams. E stands for South West 1 East while W stands for South West 1 West (or SW2E/SW2W for versions prior to 2009).

Number of league titles

Summary of tier six format since 1987

Format of the sixth-tier rugby union leagues in South-west England
Year Name No of teams No of matches
1987–92 South West 2 11 10
1992–93 South West 2 13 12
1993–95 South West 1 13 12
1995–96 South West 1 13 12
1996–00 South West 2 West 12 22
2000–01 South West 2 West 14 26
2001–09 South West 2 West 12 22
2009–22 South West 1 West 14 26

Notes

  1. ^ St Ives withdrew from the league and their fixtures were explunged, following a heavy defeat in their opening match at Chew Valley.[3]
  2. ^ Coney Hill deducted 20 points
  3. ^ Matson deducted 5 points
  4. ^ Western Counties is currently split into regional divisions known as Western Counties North and Western Counties West.
  5. ^ Southern Counties is currently split into two regional divisions known as Southern Counties North and Southern Counties South.
  6. ^ 3rd place Penryn were also promoted.
  7. ^ Western Counties is currently split into regional divisions known as Western Counties North and Western Counties West.
  8. ^ Southern Counties is currently split into two regional divisions known as Southern Counties North and Southern Counties South.
  9. ^ There was no relegation this season due to restructuring of the league system by the RFU.
  10. ^ Western Counties North or Western Counties West were formerly part of a single division known as Western Counties.
  11. ^ National League 3 South West is currently known as South West Premier.
  12. ^ League reduced to 13 teams following the withdrawal of St Ives.[3]
  13. ^ Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom the RFU cancelled all rugby below the Premiership with most clubs in Tribute South West 1 West having played 20 games, and a best playing record formula was used to decide the final table.[46][47]
  14. ^ After extra time the game was tied with each sides having 2 tries each. As a result Avonmouth Old Boys were awarded the victory by virtue of being the away side.[66]
  15. ^ One of Cinderford's titles was when league was merged as South West 2.
  16. ^ Both of Matson's titles were when league was merged as South West 2.
  17. ^ One of Old Patesians titles was when league was merged as South West 2.
  18. ^ Berry Hill's title was when league was merged as South West 2.
  19. ^ Gloucester Old Boys title was when league was merged as South West 2.
  20. ^ Gordon League's title was when league was merged as South West 2.
  21. ^ Henley's title was when league was merged as South West 2.
  22. ^ Launceston's title was when league was merged as South West 2.
  23. ^ Stroud's title was when league was merged as South West 2.

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