Courage National Leagues  - Final League Table 1996/97

 

1996/97 Division One finishing order

1 - Wasps, 2 - Bath, 3 - Harlequins, 4 - Leicester, 5 - Sale, 6 - Gloucester, 7 - Saracens, 8 - Northampton, 9 - Bristol, 10 - London Irish, 11 - West Hartlepool, 12 - Orrell.

Champions - Wasps.

Relegated - West Hartlepool and Orrell.

Promoted: Richmond and Newcastle Falcons

Introduction of two-legged playoffs in which Richmond beat Orrell, and were promoted to Division 1. Newcastle beat West Hartlepool, and were promoted to Division 1. Coventry lost to London Irish, and were not promoted.

"First professional season"
 

1996/97 Courage National Division Two
Pos Team P W D L For Against Pts
1 Richmond 22 19 2 1 986 410 40
2 Newcastle 22 19 1 2 1255 346 39
3 Coventry 22 16 1 5 738 394 33
4 Bedford 22 15 0 7 720 482 30
5 London Scottish 22 11 0 11 549 568 22
6 Wakefield 22 11 0 11 504 557 22
7 Rotherham 22 10 0 12 525 661 20
8 Moseley 22 9 0 13 492 741 18
9 Waterloo 22 8 0 14 506 661 16
10 Blackheath 22 7 0 15 412 641 14
11 Rugby Lions 22 3 0 19 317 1060 6
12 Nottingham 22 2 0 20 344 827 4

Points were awarded as follows:

 

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