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Courage League Division 5

Courage League Division 5
SportRugby union
Founded1993
Ceased1996
No. of teams26 (13 North, 13 South)
CountriesEngland England

Courage Division 5 was a short lived English rugby union competition created as a tier 5 regional competition divided into Courage Division 5 North and Courage Division 5 South. In 1993 the RFU decided to change the whole league structure, with a new national league (Courage Division League 4) replacing the old North / South regional system which would become the aforementioned Courage Division 5. This led to twelve out of thirteen teams in both Courage Division 4 regions dropping into Courage Division 5 while the league winners joined Courage Division 4 along with eight teams from Courage Division 3. This system continued to the end of the 1995–96 season when the league was restructured once again – with Courage Division 4 being abolished as a national competition reverting to the old system only being renamed as National League 4 North and National League 4 South.

Original league composition 1993–94

[1]

Courage Division 4 – North

Courage Division 4 – South

Courage Division 5 North honours

List of Courage Division 5 North Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams League Name
1993–94[2] 13 Rotherham Preston Grasshoppers Durham City and Bradford & Bingley Courage Division 5 North
1994–95[3] 13 Walsall Kendal Barkers Butts and Hereford Courage Division 5 North
1995–96[4] 13 Wharfedale Worcester (and 11 others)[n 1] Broughton Park Courage Division 5 North
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Courage Division 5 South honours

List of Courage Division 5 South Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams League Name
1993–94[2] 13 Reading Lydney Maidstone and Southend Courage Division 5 South
1994–95[3] 13 London Welsh Lydney Sudbury and Basingstoke Courage Division 5 South
1995–96[4] 13 Lydney Weston-super-Mare (and 11 others)[n 2] Camborne Courage Division 5 South
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Notes

  1. ^ By the end of this season there was another league restructure with Courage Division 4 being abolished and Courage Division 5 North reverting to a tier 4 regional competition named National League 4 North. 12 teams from Courage 5 North would join 2 teams from lower leagues (Hereford & Manchester) to form the new 14 team north division while the champions Wharfedale went into Division 3.[5]
  2. ^ By the end of this season there was another league restructure with Courage Division 4 being abolished and Courage Division 5 South reverting to a tier 4 regional competition named National League 4 South. 12 teams from Courage 5 North South would join 2 teams from lower leagues (Charlton Park & Newbury) to form the new 14 team south division while the champions Lydney went into Division 3.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Courage League - Division 4 1992/93". The Rugby Archive. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Courage League - Division 5 1993/94". The Rugby Archive. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Courage League - Division 5 1994/95". The Rugby Archive. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Courage League - Division 5 1995/96". The Rugby Archive. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Courage League - Division 5 1995/96". The Rugby Archive. Retrieved 16 September 2017.

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