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2020-2021 League Season cancelled

The RFU has announced, with regret, that it will not be possible to stage a meaningful league competition for 2020-2021.

SW Chairman Dave McAteer says although a league season will not be possible, work has been continuing to look at ways some form of friendly fixtures could be staged.

He went on: "The thoughts of the group who were tasked with looking at this, decided that having now missed two potential start dates, September & November, and with little prospect of a return in the next couple of months, there was no chance of completing enough games on which to base promotion & relegation for Season 2021-2022.

So, in order to give Clubs clarity and not set more unachievable target dates, the decision was made to call a halt to the League programme.

Where does that leave Clubs?. Alternatives to put a shortened fixture matrix together is nearing completion and will be out in the very near future. This will be based on reduced travel and provide local competitive rugby for those who wish to participate. Of course it will be dependent on Government giving us the go-ahead.

I can assure you that everyone at the RFU (staff & volunteers) are fully committed to sustaining the long term future of member clubs and I recognise that whilst today’s news could have seemed like just writing off or abandonment of  the entire season, that’s not the case, it’s more of a realisation that Plan A isn’t going to work, so in order to give clubs & players something to aim and look forward too, Plan B is on its way.

31 Oct 20



Return to playing update - September 2020

Following the announcement in the latest RFU Community Game Update that a start to the season in October will not be possible the following amendments have been made to the fixtures issued in July.

14 Club Leagues

As previously advised fixtures for the first four weeks have already been moved to the 12th and 19th December and 2nd and 9th January. Now weeks 5 to 9 will move to the 16th, 23rd and 30th January plus the 6th and 13th February. If the season is able to start on the 7th November it will commence with the fixtures shown for week 10.

12 Club Leagues

The fixtures due to be played on the 26th September have already been moved to the 12th December. Following this latest announcement the fixtures for weeks 2 to 5 will move to the 19th December and the 9th, 16th and 23rd January. If the season is able to start on the 7th November it will commence with the week 6 fixtures moved from the 31st October. This decision has been taken as originally the 7th November was due to be a reserve week.

10 Club Leagues

The fixtures for weeks 1 to 5 will move to the 12th and 19th December and the 9th, 16th and 23rd January. If the season is able to start on the 7th November it will commence with the games shown for week 6.

As you will appreciate the situation is under constant review and we will update this page as soon as we have any further information.

02 Sep 20

Fixture Update

Following the announcement in the latest Community Game Update that no league games will be played in September the following amendments will be made to the Window 1 fixtures circulated last month.

​In 14 team leagues in the South West

Original Date

New Date

5th September 2020

12th December 2020

12th September 2020

19th December 2020

19th September 2020

2nd January 2021

26th September 2020

9th January 2021


12 team leagues 

Original Date

New Date

26th September 2020

12th December 2020

09 Aug 20

2020-2021 Fixtures

The fixtures for the new season have been published and are available here.

The season has been divided into three windows. Most Leagues been split into two groups based on geography. In the first window you will play each team in your group home and away. Dates have been allocated to these games. If we do not start on time each week will be automatically moved to the end of the first window. Thus if we don’t start until, say, week 6 – it is week 6’s fixtures which will be your first game. Therefore you will always have maximum notice of what your fixtures will be.  You can read more details in the latest newsletter.

Please note: It is not yet confirmed when the season will start – the dates shown may well change as outlined above.

If we complete the first window successfully we will then move to the second which will see you playing teams from the other group in your league once – either home OR away. If there is still time after that the third window will be played – where you will meet the teams from the opposite group at the opposite venues to the second window.

15 Jul 20

Wadworth Sponsorship

The South West Divisional Organising Committee regret to announce that Devizes based brewer Wadworth will not be renewing its sponsorship of the English Clubs Championship Leagues in Dorset & Wilts, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire for next season.

Wadworth has been backing the competition for the past three seasons and the agreement was up for renegotiation this summer. However, with its pubs having been closed for the last few months and now only just preparing to re-open in the next couple of weeks the brewery has informed the South West that it will not be in a position to sign a new contract.

Over the last three years the company has provided financial support to Clubs and County Unions as well as the prizes to celebrate the Team of the Month awards during the season.

Wadworth Commercial Director Jonathan Thomas said “May I thank you, the committee, players and the staff at SW rugby for a wonderful partnership in recent years. It has been great working alongside you in a professional environment with a willingness to help each other out – A true partnership in the right spirit.”

David McAteer, chairman of the South West Divisional Organising Committee, added: “While it is sad our partnership is not continuing after the current three year agreement, the decision is totally understandable given the position the hospitality industry currently finds itself in. We have been very fortunate, and grateful, to have had their support over the past three seasons and we wish Wadworth all the best for the future.”

24 Jun 20

Sttructure of SW Leagues - 2020-2021

The make up of the leagues in the South West for the 2020-2021 season has been approved by the SW Competitions Committee meeting via video conference.

You can see the structure here.

The RFU are currently looking at options for next season's fixtures given the continuing uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.  Once a way forward is announced we will start work on creating fixtures.

20 May 20

RFU Leagues Final Standings 2019 -20

This statement applies to the all leagues in the English Clubs Championship (mens levels 3-12) and Womens RFU Leagues (levels 2-5).

Following the early end of the 2019-20 rugby season in England as a result of COVID-19, please see below for the final league positions for Mens RFU Leagues (levels 3-12) and Womens RFU Leagues (levels 2-5).

Proposals from the RFU Governance Committee to conclude the season for those leagues at a community level were ratified by the RFU Council on Wednesday 1st April.

The final league positions have been determined by awarding league points to a team’s outstanding matches based on their home and away playing record in fixtures played up to the cancellation of the 2019-20 season (fixtures up to the 16 March).

Full details of the methodology used can be found on along with final tables for the whole country.

For convenience the tables for the SW Levels 5-7 and Levels 8 and below are repeated here.

Any clubs wishing to discuss any aspect about these is asked to email rather than telephone in the first instance.

03 Apr 20

RFU - Statement

Today, in a letter to the rugby clubs in England, Bill Sweeney, RFU CEO, has confirmed the end of the 2019/20 season for all league, cup and county rugby in England with the exception of the Gallagher Premiership, which the RFU is in active discussions with.

The decision to confirm the end of the season was taken to assist with long term planning and provide clarity to the game at a time of continuous change.

The RFU continues to work on a range of options to support clubs at this challenging time and aims to outline these in more detail by mid-April.

A message to the rugby union community in England from Bill Sweeney, CEO RFU

My thoughts and those of all of us at the RFU are with everyone impacted by COVID-19 as well as recent flooding events, both across the country at large but also within our own rugby union community.

In order to provide clarity and to assist with immediate and longer term planning, the Rugby Football Union is today announcing the end of the 2019/20 rugby season for all league, cup and county rugby in England. The only exception to this is the Gallagher Premiership, who we are in active discussions with to review possible best next steps.

When current government advice on social distancing measures changes, we will naturally encourage rugby training and friendlies to recommence.

I would like to personally thank everyone for their swift actions in suspending rugby activity, this is not an easy time and I know many of you will have concerns that go beyond the game.

We are working through the implications of ending the season early and have instigated a thorough process to ensure fair and balanced outcomes for the game. We will communicate these outcomes by the middle of April. While we would like to provide all the answers now, we need some time to get it right for the best interests of the game. Rest assured we are working on this as a priority and we will continue to send weekly updates to clubs.

The three areas of focus for the RFU right now are Welfare, Implications and Reboot.


We are ensuring colleagues and communities are given support to follow government advice and are providing recommendations on how to stay fit and healthy using individual training programmes. The RFU is also talking to government about how we can deploy and mobilise our own resources across England to support the vulnerable.


Every union is different, with unique structures and challenges and the RFU needs to manage its own particular complexities. Our business model is similar to most rugby clubs - we earn revenue from events on and off the field and we invest that back into the game. We benefit from strong Twickenham Stadium revenues but we are also exposed if there is widespread cancellation of games and events.

In this extraordinary situation we are working through a range of potential financial scenarios dependent mainly on the length of this crisis. This was already budgeted to be a loss making year within a 4 year cycle due to the costs of the 2019 RWC campaign and only hosting two home Six Nations games. The loss will now be considerably more as we face challenges similar to businesses across the entire country. There may well also be much longer term financial implications which we are assessing now. It is therefore taking us some time to develop a considered position on how we can support clubs and the rugby community, which we will do.

We have already undertaken financial measures to safeguard the business enabling us to review all options and programmes to provide support for clubs in these difficult times.

We welcome the measures announced by Government which could provide crucial support to professional and community clubs and the RFU. We are in regular contact with Sport England and The Sport and Recreation Alliance to understand how business rate relief and hardship funds can be accessed by clubs and will be providing assistance to make sure every club who is eligible will be supported.

The implications for all areas of rugby will be thoroughly worked through and solutions discussed and developed with the clubs.


Our welfare advice before the start of next season will switch to offering guidance on how players at all levels can reboot and get match ready.

The RFU will work closely with constituent bodies to support clubs, competition organisers and the wider rugby community in preparing to re-start rugby in what is likely to be a challenging environment.

In recent days we have all been inspired by the many stories across the rugby family working together to support those who are the most vulnerable in their community – this encapsulates the unique spirt of rugby. I am confident that this spirit and resilience during these tough times will ensure we will come through this together and emerge stronger. 

Rugby & Coronavirus

We have been contacted by several clubs regarding the effect a major outbreak of the virus will have on completing the season in the South West.

It’s very difficult to put in place any contingency before we know the extent of any outbreak and we have a very limited number of weeks left in the season in which to re-arrange fixtures anyway. We are in contact with the RFU and will be guided by them, if and when, any restrictions are placed upon us.

In the meanwhile, as a League Committee, we ask you contact Public Health England when it comes to notification of a virus outbreak in a club or amongst its wider membership. You should then contact your League Secretary.    

We ask that you also heed the latest government advice on this virus link

The following information may also be helpful:

Guidance on educational settings - link

NHS - link

If you are arranging a spring tour, please also monitor the government’s website for an update on your proposed tour destination via this link

Please check in regularly on the various websites, including to keep up to date with information.

12 Mar 20

Six SW Clubs still on the road to Twickenham

Swindon will meet Wellington in the SW Final of the RFU's Intermediate Cup after the Wiltshire club beat Witney 48-0 in the Southern Counties Final. Meanwhile Wellington won a closer game at Bideford 14-5.

In the Senior Vase Milton Keynes overcame Dorchester 40-19 and will go to Chosen Hill Former Pupils, who beat Liskeard-Looe 25-14.

Old Cryptians, who came within 80 minutes of a game at Twickenham last season stayed on course for a second attempt with a 66-3 demolition of Exeter Saracens. 

They will now play their third away game in this season's competition with a trip to Westbury, who were 31-22 winners at Faringdon.

The Regional Finals will be played on the 14th March.

23 Feb 20