The Best Rugby Club in Every English County

Twitter: BenNurse8

English rugby is a wild landscape of various hotbeds and epicentre’s. Whether or not the regions are represented equally in English rugby there is no doubt that every region of England loves rugby, a vast reach and connection which is only reflected in one, maybe two other sports in this country, however rugby’s popularity can waver from town to town. With circa 1900 total rugby clubs in England the title of being the best rugby club in your respective county is not to be taken lightly. In saying this, some counties have more fierce competition than others. 2 of the Premiership clubs are not represented on this list while another county can only boast a team in the 9th tier of the English rugby pyramid, representing the irregular and divergent nature of rugby’s popularity across England.

The way i have compiled this list is by using the rankings from the end of the last season of rugby. For the Premiership and Championship these are the finishing places from the 2020/21 season however, due to COVID, for all the league’s below it is the 2019/20 season. Obviously if two teams in the same county are in the same league the team who finished higher in the last season wins. I pinpointed where each club is based by using the location of their stadium/ground. This was far more difficult than i thought as many towns exist in two counties, one historic and one metropolitan, so i have tried my best but i may have made mistakes, feel free to message me informing me of any mistakes.

Bath: Bath (Premiership) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 1

Bedfordshire: Ampthill (Championship) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 2

Berkshire: Rams RFC (National 1) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Bristol:
Bristol Bears (Premiership) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 1

Buckinghamshire:
Amersham & Chiltern RFC (London 1 North) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Cambridgeshire: Cambridge (National 1) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Cheshire: Chester RUFC (National 2 North) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Cornwall: Cornish Pirates (Championship) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 1

Durham: Darlington Mowden Park (National 1) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Cumbria: Kirkby Lonsdale (North Premier) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Derbyshire: Derby (Midlands 1 East) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Devon: Exeter Chiefs (Premiership) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 1

Dorset: Bournemouth (National 2 South) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Sussex: Worthing RFC (National 2 South) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Essex: Westcliff RFC (National 2 South) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Gloucestershire: Gloucester (Premiership) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 2

Greater London: Harlequins (Premiership) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 6

Greater Manchester: Sale Sharks (Premiership) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 1

Hampshire: Havant RFC (London & South East Premier) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Herefordshire: Luctonian’s RFC (National 2 North) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Hertfordshire:
Bishop’s Stortford (National 1) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Isle of Wight: Sandown & Shanklin RFC (Hampshire Premier) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Kent: Canterbury RFC (National 1) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Lancashire: Fylde RFC (National 2 North) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Leicestershire: Leicester Tigers (Premiership) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 1

Lincolnshire: Scunthorpe RUFC (National 2 North) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Merseyside:
Caldy RFC (National 1) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Norfolk: North Walsham RFC (London & South East Premier) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Yorkshire: Doncaster Knights (Championship) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 1

Northamptonshire: Northampton Saints (Premiership) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 1

Northumberland: Tynedale RFC (National 2 North) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Nottinghamshire: Nottingham (Championship) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 1

Oxfordshire:
Chinnor RFC (National 1) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Rutland: Oakham RFC (Midlands 3 East (South)) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Shropshire: Newport Salop RUFC (Midlands Premier) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Somerset: Taunton RFC (National 2 South) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Staffordshire:
Burton (Midlands Premier) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Suffolk: Bury St Edmonds RUFC (National 2 South) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Surrey: Esher (National 2 South) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Tyne & Wear: Newcastle Falcons (Premiership) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 1

Warwickshire:
Nuneaton RFC (Midlands Premier) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

West Midlands: Wasps (Premiership) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 2

Wiltshire:
Swindon RFC (Southern Counties South) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 0

Worcestershire: Worcester Warriors (Premiership) Clubs in top 2 leagues: 1

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