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This site is provided for the Rugby Clubs, Teams and Players involved with the Greene King Country Clubs Merit Table and Cup Competition.  

The Greene King Country Rugby Clubs Competition

This started as a small merit table competition in 1997.  Several local clubs were concerned that their lower XV games were being called off more often, frequently at the last minute.  Players were becoming frustrated and losing interest. Some were leaving or finding other ways of spending Saturday afternoons!  There was also an unfortunate knock-on effect on Saturday bar takings!

In the first season two tables were set up (at 4th and 5th team playing level for the larger clubs), named Premiere and Deuxieme, and the success of this idea was soon proved.   A Super Premiere (3rd XV) level was added later and, as other clubs and teams joined, the original Premiere and Deuxieme tables were split into two parts (Nord and Sud) geographically.  Last season (2005-06) a third Deuxieme table was created (Centrale) to cater for the increased number of teams wishing to join this level of competition. There are now Six tables and the whole competition has full RFU recognition.

Greene King first agreed to sponsor the competition, under the name of the ⥥ne King Countryⵧby Clubs Competition, in the 1999-2000 season.  We are very pleased that they have continued this sponsorship each season since then.

In 2000 the competition was extended to run with a full suggested home and away fixture list for each table.  There are two trophies for each table ﮿for the team winning the table with the highest number of points and a second for the team finishing in the runners up spot.

In the same season a Deuxieme Knock out Cup competition was introduced 穴h all first round games being Nord v Sud - plus a Plate competition for first round losers.   A Super Premiere Cup was started 2001-2002, and a Premiere Cup and Plate (together with a Super Premier Plate) has run from 2002-03 and last season teams from the Centrale table were integrated into the first round Deuxieme draw........ .

Noel Younger







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