RFU: Rugby season over, places decided by “best playing record”

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced that the domestic season is now over due to the coronavirus outbreak and that places will be decided by a “best playing record formula.”

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced that the domestic season is now over due to the coronavirus outbreak and that places will be decided by a “best playing record formula.”

This formula has not been disclosed but the decision covers the Championship down through the English system.

A statement from the RFU said: “Following the early end of the rugby season in England as a result of COVID-19, The Rugby Football Union has announced the final league positions.

“Proposals from the RFU governance committee to conclude the season for those leagues at both professional and community level were yesterday ratified by the RFU Council.

“It was agreed that final standings for the Greene King IPA Championship and men’s and women’s community game would be calculated on a best playing record formula maintaining promotion and relegation for those leagues.

The RFU has announced the season is now finished

“The tables for levels 4 to 7 only show promotion and relegation, they take no account of any potential level transfers.  These will be reviewed in the coming weeks in accordance with the normal end of season process.

“Please Note, many promotion and  relegation issues at Level 8 and below cannot be decided until the Constituent Bodies have been able to study these tables and work on any new club applications and possible re-structuring. This is only a guide.”

This means that in the Midlands Premier, Burton finish 9th with a ‘score’ of 48.00.

In Midlands 1 West, Lichfield get 98.22 meaning they finish 3rd while Stoke sit 8th on 63.90.

In Midlands 2 West North, Stafford finish in 3rd (81.89) followed closely by Leek in 4th (78.10).

Longton sit in 5th with a score of 55.00 while Tamworth finish 7th (52.86) and Newcastle, 10th (25.67).

The RFU’s announcement means that Uttoxeter win the Midlands 3 West North title with a score of 94.11.

Linley are in 7th on 54.73 and Eccleshall stay 9th on 44.83 in the same division.

In Midlands 4 West North, Rugeley finish 5th (64.78), Trentham are in 6th (61.78) and Cannock stay rooted to the bottom of the table with a score of 13.60.

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