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East Rugby League
Founded 1997
Country  England
Number of teams 11
Level on pyramid 5
Promotion to Conference League South
Relegation to East Entry League
Domestic cup(s) Community Challenge Cup
Current champions Hemel Stags

The East Rugby League (East RL) is a tier 4 amateur rugby league competition structure with sides from the East of England. It was previously the East Division of the Rugby League Conference, which was set up in 1997.

Structure

The East Rugby League consists of three divisions of competition. Premier, Division 1 and Entry league.

The East Premier was set up for the 2013 season with an East Entry League below this for emerging clubs and second teams. 2013 is also the inaugural year for the East Cup. The competition operates for all tier 4 clubs in the Eastern Counties of England. (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk & Suffolk)

In 2014, a new division between the Premier and Entry level was formed and named East Division 1. It provides a more structured level for teams who cannot compete with the standard of the established East Premier. Promotion and relegation between the two competitions begins in 2015.

History

The Rugby League Conference was founded in 1997 as the Southern Conference, a 10-team pilot league for teams in the South of England and the English Midlands. The initial line-up of divisions included an Eastern Division and this has been a feature of the Conference ever since.

The Premier Divisions were set up in 2005 for teams who had achieved a certain playing standard and were able to travel further afield to find stronger opposition.

The Eastern Division became the East Division in 2009.

The RFL restructured amateur rugby league in 2012 and the Eastern region became rebranded as the "East RL"

Community game pyramid

The East Merit League is the lowest level on the pyramid for clubs in the East of England.

Representative Side

From 2015, the East will have a representative side at the end of each season. The side will be made up of the best players from clubs within the East RL. They are likely to play other representative sides from other regions as well as services such as the Police, Fire brigade, Army etc.

Participating teams by season

Eastern Division (1997-2008)

  • 1997: Bedford Swifts, Ipswich Rhinos, Kingston, North London Skolars, West London
  • 1998: Bedford Swifts, Cambridge Eagles, Ipswich Rhinos, Northampton (failed to start season), South Norfolk Saints
  • 1999: Bedford Swifts, Cambridge Eagles, Hemel Stags, Ipswich Rhinos, South Norfolk Saints
  • 2000: Bedford Swifts, Cambridge Eagles, Hemel Stags, Ipswich Rhinos, South Norfolk Saints, St Albans Centurions
  • 2001: Bedford Swifts, Cambridge Eagles, Ipswich Rhinos, South Norfolk Saints, St Albans Centurions
  • 2002: Bedford Swifts, Cambridge Eagles, Ipswich Rhinos, Luton Vipers, St Albans Centurions
  • 2003: Cambridge Eagles, Essex Eels, Ipswich Rhinos, Luton Vipers, South Norfolk Saints, St Ives Roosters
  • 2004: Cambridge Eagles, Hemel Stags 'A', Ipswich Rhinos, Luton Vipers, Middlesex Lions, North London Skolars 'A', South Norfolk Saints, St Ives Roosters
  • 2005: Bedford Tigers, Cambridge Eagles, Luton Vipers 'A', South Norfolk Saints, St Albans Centurions 'A', St Ives Roosters (Luton Vipers A failed to complete the season)
  • 2006: Bedford Tigers, Cambridge Eagles, Colchester Romans, South Norfolk Saints, St Ives Roosters (Northampton failed to start the season)
  • 2007: Bedford Tigers, Cambridge Eagles, Colchester Romans, Greenwich Admirals, St Ives Roosters, Thetford Titans
  • 2008: Cambridge Eagles, Colchester Romans, Greenwich Admirals, Hainault Bulldogs, Northampton Casuals, St Ives Roosters, Thetford Titans

East Division (2009-2011)

  • 2009: Bury Titans, Cambridge Eagles, Colchester Romans, Hainault Bulldogs A, St Ives Roosters, Northampton Casuals, Norwich City Saxons (Cambridge Eagles and Hainault Bulldogs A failed to complete the season)
  • 2010: Bedford Tigers, Bury Titans, Northampton Casuals, Norwich City Saxons, St Albans Centurions A, St Ives Roosters (St Albans Centurions A failed to complete the season)
  • 2011: Bedford Tigers, Bury Titans, Northampton Demons A, Norwich City Saxons, St Ives Roosters, Sudbury Gladiators (Northampton Demons A and Norwich City Saxons failed to complete the season)

East RL (2012- )

East Premier League

  • 2012: Bedford Tigers, Bury Titans, King's Lynn Black Knights, Milton Keynes Wolves, North Herts Crusaders, St Ives Roosters
  • 2013: Bedford Tigers, King's Lynn Black Knights, Milton Keynes Wolves, North Herts Crusaders, St Ives Roosters (Stowmarket Titans failed to complete the season)
  • 2014: Bedford Tigers, King's Lynn Black Knights, Milton Keynes Wolves, North Herts Crusaders, Southend Spartans, St Ives Roosters
  • 2015: Bedford Tigers, King's Lynn Black Knights, Milton Keynes Wolves, North Herts Crusaders, St Albans Centurions, St Ives Roosters
  • 2016: Bedford Tigers, Brentwood Eels, Hemel Stags (community), NH Crusaders, St Albans Centurions, St Ives Roosters

East Division 1

  • 2014: Bedford Tigers 'A', Brentwood Eels, Cambridge Lions, North Herts Crusaders 'A'

NB: Bovingdon Bulldogs failed to start the season and were replaced by North Herts Crusaders 'A'

  • 2015: Brentwood Eels, Cambridge Lions, North Herts Knights, Southend Spartans
  • 2016: Breckland Spartans, Cambridge Lions, King's Lynn Black Knights, MK Wolves, Southend Spartans

East Entry League

  • 2012: Bedford Tigers 'A', Hemel Stags 'A', North Herts Crusaders 'A', St Albans Centurions 'A'
  • 2013: Bedford Tigers 'A', Cambridge Lions, North Herts Crusaders 'A', St Ives Roosters 'A', Wymondham Trojans
  • 2014: Did not run (Bedford Tigers 'B', North Herts Crusaders 'A' and St Ives Roosters 'A' were scheduled to participate but North Herts Crusaders 'A' joined division 1 and the other 2 teams folded)
  • 2015: Bedford Tigers 'A', Cambridge Lions 'A', Milton Keynes Wolves (after dropping out of premier division), St Albans Centurions 'A'

Winners

East Rugby League champions

As Rugby League Conference Eastern Division

  • 1997 North London Skolars (now London Skolars)
  • 1998 South Norfolk Saints (now Bury Titans)
  • 1999 Ipswich Rhinos (now Eastern Rhinos)
  • 2000 Hemel Stags
  • 2001 Ipswich Rhinos (now Eastern Rhinos)
  • 2002 Luton Vipers
  • 2003 South Norfolk Saints (now Bury Titans)
  • 2004 Ipswich Rhinos (now Eastern Rhinos)
  • 2005 St Albans Centurions 'A'
  • 2006 Bedford Tigers (Beat St Ives Roosters)
  • 2007 Bedford Tigers (Beat St Ives Roosters)
  • 2008 Hainault Bulldogs

As Rugby League Conference East Division

  • 2009 Northampton Casuals (Beat Bury Titans)
  • 2010 Northampton Demons
  • 2011 Sudbury Gladiators (Beat Bury Titans)

As East RL Premier League

  • 2012 North Herts Crusaders (Beat St Ives Roosters)
  • 2013 North Herts Crusaders (Beat St Ives Roosters)
  • 2014 St Ives Roosters (Beat Bedford Tigers)
  • 2015 Bedford Tigers (Beat St Ives Roosters)
  • 2016 Hemel Stags (Beat Bedford Tigers)
  • 2017 Hemel Stags (Beat Bedford Tigers)
  • 2018 North Herts Crusaders (Beat Bedford Tigers)

East RL Division 1

  • 2014 Brentwood Eels
  • 2015 Brentwood Eels
  • 2016 MK Wolves
  • 2017 Luton Vipers
  • 2018 North Herts Knights

East RL Entry League

  • 2013 Bedford Tigers "A"
  • 2014 N/A
  • 2015 Hemel Stags "A"
  • 2016 Bedford Tigers "A"
  • 2017

East RL Community Challenge Cup

  • 2013 North Herts Crusaders (Beat Bedford Tigers)
  • 2014 North Herts Crusaders (Beat Bedford Tigers)
  • 2015 Bedford Tigers (Beat King's Lynn Black Knights 46-4)
  • 2016 Bedford Tigers (Beat Hemel Stags 22-16)
  • 2017 Bedford Tigers (St Albans Centurions 38-12)
  • 2018 Bedford Tigers (NH Crusaders 24-14)

East RL Community Challenge Shield

  • 2013 St Ives Roosers (Beat MK Wolves)
  • 2014 King's Lynn Black Knights (Beat Brentwood Eels)
  • 2015 St Ives Roosters (Beat NH Crusaders)
  • 2016 Brentwood Eels (Beat NH Crusaders)
  • 2017 NH Crusaders (Beat Hemel Stags)
  • 2018 St Ives Roosters (Southend Sharks unable to attend match)

East RL Community Challenge Vase

  • 2015 Southend Spartans (Beat NH Knights)
  • 2016 King's Lynn Black Knights (Beat Eastern Rhinos "A")
  • 2017 Luton Vipers (Beat Hemel Stags "A")

East RL 9's Festival

  • 2013 King's Lynn Black Knights
  • 2014 MK Wolves
  • 2015 Bedford Tigers
  • 2016 Bedford Tigers
  • 2017 St Albans Centurions
  • 2018 NH Crusaders

External links

  • Official RLC website
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