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Leicestershire Rugby Union

Leicestershire RU
Full nameLeicestershire Rugby Union
Founded1887; 131 years ago (1887)
RegionLeicestershire, Rutland
PresidentPauline Harding
Team kit
Official website
leicestershirerugbyunion.co.uk

The Leicestershire Rugby Union (LRU) is the governing body for the sport of rugby union in the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland in England. The union is the constituent body of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) for those counties. The LRU administers and organises rugby union clubs and competitions in those two counties and administers the Leicestershire county rugby representative teams.[1]

History

The Leicestershire Rugby Union was founded as the Leicestershire County Football Union in 1887 after a meeting of rugby clubs in Leicester and was affiliated to the RFU in 1890.[2] The union was a sub-union of the Midland Counties Rugby Union until just after World War One when the Midland Counties union was dissolved, partly because players from Leicester had come to dominate the Midland Counties team.[3] In 1920 the LRU became a full constituent member of the RFU and began competing in the County Championship. The union initially also administered rugby union in Nottinghamshire as well as Rutland and the first AGM of the new union took place in June 1920, when the name was changed to the Leicestershire Rugby Union. The union's control over Nottinghamshire ended when Notts, Lincs and Derbys Rugby Union was founded in 1925.[2]

County team

The Leicestershire senior men's county team currently competes in the County Championship Plate (also called the Bill Beaumont Cup Div 2), which is the second tier competition for county teams in England.[4] Leicestershire won the third tier competition, the County Championship Shield, with victory over Cumbria at Twickenham Stadium in June 2015, having previously finished as losing finalists four times. Following their Shield win, the county moved up to County Championship Plate level.[5] In 2017 they won the County Championship Plate for the first time.[6][7]

County team honours

Affiliated clubs

There are currently 34 clubs affiliated with the Leicestershire RU, most of which have teams at both senior and junior level. The majority of teams are based in Leicestershire but there are also teams from Rutland and even Warwickshire.

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County club competitions

The Leicestershire RU currently runs the following competitions for club sides based in Leicestershire and Rutland:

Cups

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Discontinued competitions

  • Leicestershire Junior Cup - founded in 1887 as the second most important cup in the county until it was discontinued in 1936
  • Rolleston Charity Cup - founded in 1897, changed to a sevens competition in 1927 until it was disbanded in 1979

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References

  1. ^ "Rules of Leicestershire Rugby Union Ltd". Leicestershire Rugby Union. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "History - Early Days". Leicestershire Rugby Union. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  3. ^ "History - North Mids RFU". North Midlands RFU. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Fixtures and results - County Championships 2015-16". England Rugby. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Rugby: Leicestershire lift County Championship Shield after win over Cumbria at Twickenham". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Full Men's County Championship fixture list 2016-17" (PDF). England Rugby. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Staffordshire beaten by Hampshire in County Shield final at Twickenham". Staffordshire Newsletter. 29 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Find a Club". Leicestershire RU. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  9. ^ 'Van' Hopkins, SI (1986). "Year by Year". Leicestershire Rugby Union 1887-1987. Leicestershire Rugby Union. p. 21.
  10. ^ a b 'Van' Hopkins, SI (1986). "Cups and Cup Winners". Leicestershire Rugby Union 1887-1987. Leicestershire Rugby Union. pp. 416, 418.
  11. ^ "Senior County Cup Information". Hinckley RFC. Retrieved 16 March 2017.

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