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London 3 Essex

London 3 Essex
Current season or competition:
2018–19 London 3 Essex
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SportRugby union
Instituted2017; 1 year ago (2017)
Number of teams12
Country England
HoldersBasildon (2017-18)
Most titlesBasildon (1 title)

London 3 Essex is an English rugby union league that is at the eighth level of the English rugby union system and is available to club sides based in Essex and north-east London. Promoted teams move up to London 2 North East with league champions going up automatically and the runners up playing a playoff against the runners up from London 3 Eastern Counties, while demoted teams usually drop down to Essex Canterbury Jack 1, with new teams also coming up from this league. Each year all clubs in the division also take part in the RFU Senior Vase - a level 8 national competition.

The division was created for the 2017-18 as part of an RFU reorganization of the London & South East regional league. Originally there had been a London 3 North East league which had involved teams from Essex and north-east London along with teams from the Eastern Counties (Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk). Due to the distances involved for teams travelling potentially from London to Norfolk and vice versa, at the end of the 2016-17 season this league was discontinued. Teams in Essex and north-east London who had played in London 3 North East were transferred into the new look London 3 Essex along with additional promoted teams from the Essex regional leagues, while the Eastern Counties sides went into another new division called London 3 Eastern Counties.

Participating Teams 2018-19

Participating Teams 2017-18

London 3 Essex Honours

London 3 Essex Counties Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams League Name
2017-18[1] 10 Basildon Millwall Mavericks, Upminster, Clacton London 3 Essex
2018-19 12
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Promotion play-offs

Since the 2017–18 season there has been a play-off between the runners-up of London 3 Eastern Counties and London 3 Essex for the third and final promotion place to London 3 North East. The team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. At the end of the 2017–18 season the London 3 Eastern Counties have been the most successful with one wins to the London 3 Essex teams none; and the home team has won promotion on one occasions compared to the away teams none.

London 3 (Eastern Counties v Essex) promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2017-18[2] Southwold (EC) 49-3 Millwall (EX) The Common, Southwold, Suffolk 300[3]
Green background is the promoted team. EC = London 3 Eastern Counties and EX = London 3 Essex

Number of league titles

  • Basildon (1)


See also


  1. ^ "2017–18 London South-East Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Wold Simply Blow Their London Rivals Away To Gain Promotion". Southwold RFC (Pitchero). Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Rare smiles indeed from Buster and Fossett - it must have been a special day!". Southwold RFC (Pitchero). Retrieved 21 April 2018.