LEAGUES 1996/97 

COURAGE CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIP-1996/97

 

 

 

1996/97: Courage League National Division 1.

 

12 clubs in the top tier.

 

Relegation: 11th and 12th placed clubs down, 10th placed club played club placed 3rd in National Division 2 and 9th placed club played club placed 4th in National Division 2 in two-legged play-offs for National Division 1 status for 1997/98.

 

Champions: Wasps.

 

Relegated: West Hartlepool and Orrell.

 

Promoted from National Division 2: Richmond and Newcastle.

 

 Points were awarded as follows:
 2
points awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 for a loss.

 

1996/97 COURAGE NATIONAL LEAGUES DIVISION 1
TEAM PLAYED WON DRAWN LOST FOR AGAINST POINTS
WASPS 22 18 1 3 685  406 37
BATH 22 15 6 863  411 31
HARLEQUINS 22 15 0 7 755 416 30
LEICESTER 22 14 1 7 600 395 29
SALE 22 13 2 7 603  525 28
SARACENS 22 12 1 9 568  459 25
GLOUCESTER  22  11 1 10 476  589 23
NORTHAMPTON  22   10  0 12 515 477 20
BRISTOL  22  8 1 13 432 625  17
LONDON IRISH  22  6 0 16 502 747 12
WEST HARTLEPOOL  22   3  0 19  382  795 
ORRELL  22  3 0 19  350  886   6

 

1996/97: Courage League National Division 2.

 

12 clubs including Moseley in the second tier.

 

Relegation and promotion: 1st and 2nd placed clubs up, 3rd placed club played club placed 10th in National Division 1 and 4th placed club played club placed 9th in National Division 1 in two-legged play-offs for National Division 1 status for 1997/98, two clubs down.

 

Champions: Richmond.

 

Runners-up: Newcastle.

 

Relegated: Rugby and Nottingham.

 

Promoted from National Division 3: Exeter and Fylde.

 

 Points were awarded as follows:
 2
points awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 for a loss.

 

1996/97 COURAGE NATIONAL LEAGUES DIVISION 2
TEAM PLAYED WON DRAWN LOST FOR AGAINST POINTS
RICHMOND 22 19 2 1 986  410 40
NEWCASTLE 22 19 2 1255  346 39
COVENTRY 22 16 1 5 738 394 33
BEDFORD 22 15 0 7 720 482  30
LONDON SCOTTISH 22 11 0 11 549 568 22
WAKEFIELD 22 11 0 11 504  557  22
ROTHERHAM 22  10 0 12 525 661 20
MOSELEY 22  0 13 492 741 18
WATERLOO 22  8 0 14 506 661  16
BLACKHEATH 22  7 0 15 412 641 14
RUGBY 22  0 19  317  1060
NOTTINGHAM 22  2 0 20 344  827  4

 

 1996/97: Courage League National Division 3.

 

16 clubs in the third tier.

 

Relegation and promotion: Two clubs up, four clubs down.

  

Champions: Exeter.

 

Runners-up: Fylde.

 

Relegated: Walsall, Havant, Redruth and Clifton.

 

Promoted from National Division 4 North and National Division 4 South: Worcester and Newbury.

 

 Points were awarded as follows:
 2
points awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 for a loss.

 

 

1996/97 COURAGE NATIONAL LEAGUES DIVISION 3
TEAM PLAYED WON DRAWN LOST FOR AGAINST POINTS
EXETER 30 25 0 5 923 443 50
FYLDE 30 24 5 813  439 49
LEEDS 30 24 0 6 1209 432 48
MORLEY 30 22 0 8 928 570 44
HARROGATE 30 18 0 12 832 599 36
READING 30 17 1 12 869 631 35
WHARFEDALE 30 17 0 13 710 635 34
ROSSLYN PARK 30 17  0 13 630 620 34
OTLEY 30 13 0 17 720 766 26
LYDNEY 30 13 0 17 668 766 26
LONDON WELSH  30 12  0 18  632 777  24
LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 30 9 0 21  665 827  18
WALSALL  30  22  640  980  16 
HAVANT  30  22  580  954  16 
REDRUTH  30  22  565  1116  16 
CLIFTON  30  26  518  1347