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RFU Intermediate Cup

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

RFU Intermediate Cup
Current season or competition:
2018–19 RFU Intermediate Cup
SportRugby union
Instituted1997; 22 years ago (1997)
Number of teamsLevel 7 of English rugby
Nations England (RFU)
HoldersCamberley (1st title) (2018-19)
WebsiteEngland Rugby
Related competitionSenior Vase, Junior Vase

The RFU Intermediate Cup is a rugby union national knockout cup competition in England run by the Rugby Football Union. It is contested by teams at level 7 of the English rugby union system. While the competition is a national one, it is however split into regions until the semi-finals with the final being held at Twickenham Stadium in London.[1] It was first contested in 1997.[2] Presently, the RFU Intermediate Cup is the third most important club cup competition in England, behind the Premiership Rugby Cup and RFU Championship Cup.

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Contents

History

The RFU Intermediate Cup was first contested in 1997 for clubs at Level 7 of English rugby.[3] The competition was initially unsponsored but later gained sponsorship from NPI,[4] Powergen[5] and EDF Energy[6] before becoming known as the "RFU Intermediate Cup" solely un-sponsored by 2008.[7] The largest crowd for a final was set in 2016 for the match between Kent based Tunbridge Wells RFC and Cumbria's St. Benedict's where 9,000 Tunbridge Wells fans attended the final.[8][9] A number of future RFU Championship clubs have played in the RFU Intermediate Cup prior to promotion to the second tier with Jersey Reds,[10] Hartpury College,[7] Doncaster Knights[2] and Richmond all taking part in the past.[11]

Current format

The rounds are contested on a regional basis between the four regional unions until the semi-finals, where the winner of each region enters the national competition. Each region decides their representative separately. For example, London and South East use a direct knockout competition of all teams in the region[12] while South West split their region into Southern Counties and South Western Counties with the winners playing each other to be the region's representative.[13] Each regional champion plays another set champion with the ground being one of the semi-finalist's home.[14] The semi-finals pairings are London & South East against South West and Midlands against North.[15] The winners of the semis play each other in the final at Twickenham Stadium.[1]

North

The format for northern teams involved in the RFU Intermediate Cup is a league-cup hybrid with each county union in the region selecting one representative each. The first stage features a mini league with clubs from Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire meeting in one pool and clubs from Durham County, Northumberland and Yorkshire, meeting in the other, each side playing 2 games each. The winners of each group then meet in the north final to determine who goes forward to the national semi-finals.[16] The competition involves representative teams from the following level 7 leagues:

Midlands

The format for Midlands teams involved in the RFU Senior Vase is a direct knockout cup with a 1st round, 2nd round, 3rd round, semi-finals and final. The winner of the final goes forward to the Senior Vase national semi-finals.[17] The competition involves all teams from the following level 7 leagues:

London and South East

As with the Midlands the format for London and South East teams involved in the RFU Senior Vase is a direct knockout cup with a 1st round, 2nd round, 3rd round, semi-finals and final. The winner of the final goes forward to the Senior Vase national semi-finals.[18] The competition involves all teams from the following level 7 leagues:

South West

The format for the south-west teams is more complex with different methods of qualification decided on by the county unions that they represent. Clubs that are affiliated with Dorset & Wilts and Gloucestershire play in county based knock-out competitions first. The winners of the Dorset & Wilts competition then plays in the Southern Counties semi-finals against representatives from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, while the Gloucestershire winners play in the South West Counties semi-finals against representative from Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, with the winners then meeting in a regional final. Finally, the Southern Counties and South West Counties winners meet to determine qualification for the national semi-finals.[19] Teams involved are from the following level 7 leagues:

Competition results

Season Winner Score Runners–up Name
1996–97 Thanet Wanderers (SE) 21–13[20][2] Doncaster (N) NPI Intermediate Cup[21][22]
1997–98 Bedford Athletic (M) 29–24 (aet)[23] Stroud (SW)
1998–99 Aldwinians (N) 21–10[24][25] Dudley Kingswinford (M)
1999–00 Dunstablians (M) 14–10[26] Hull Ionians (N)
2000–01 Old Patesians (SW) 25–24[27] Blaydon (N)
2001–02 Halifax (N) 43–19[28][29] Gosport and Fareham (SE) Powergen Intermediate Cup[30]
2002–03 Hertford (SE) 31–16[5][31] Bristol St Mary's Old Boys (SW)
2003–04 Bradford & Bingley (N) 46–18[32] Gloucester Old Boys (SW)
2004–05 Morley (N) 21–11[33] Westoe (N)
2005–06 Stockport (N) 11–3[34] Morley (N)
2006–07 Mounts Bay (SW) 46–36[35] Dunstablians (M) EDF Energy Intermediate Cup[36]
2007–08 Chester (N) 21–18[6] Birkenhead Park (N)
2008–09 Hartpury College (SW) 41–31[7] Clifton (SW)
2009–10 Old Redcliffians (SW) 42–21[37] Northern (N) RFU Intermediate Cup
2010–11 Stoke-on-Trent (M) 16–10[38] Aylesford Bulls (SE)
2011–12 East Grinstead (SE) 34–18[39] Ilkley (N)
2012–13 Brighton (SE) 30–22[40] Bridlington (N)
2013–14 Trowbridge (SW) 22–19[41] Leek (M)
2014–15 Maidstone (SE) 31–18[42] Bridgnorth (M)
2015–16 Tunbridge Wells (SE) 56–14[43] St. Benedict's (N)
2016–17 West Leeds (N) 35–26[44] Charlton Park (SE)
2017–18 Camberley (SE) 63-14[45] Droitwich (M)
2018–19
(N) stands for Northern region, (M) for Midlands, (SE) for London & South East, (SW) for South-west

Number of wins

Club

Region

Notes

See also

References

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