Leicestershire Rugby Union
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The Leicestershire Rugby Union (LRU) is the governing body for the sport of rugby union in the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland in England. The union is the constituent body of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) for those counties. The LRU administers and organises rugby union clubs and competitions in those two counties and administers the Leicestershire county rugby representative teams.
The Leicestershire Rugby Union was founded as the Leicestershire County Football Union in 1887 after a meeting of rugby clubs in Leicester and was affiliated to the RFU in 1890. The union was a sub-union of the Midland Counties Rugby Union until just after World War One when the Midland Counties union was dissolved, partly because players from Leicester had come to dominate the Midland Counties team. In 1920 the LRU became a full constituent member of the RFU and began competing in the County Championship. The union initially also administered rugby union in Nottinghamshire as well as Rutland and the first AGM of the new union took place in June 1920, when the name was changed to the Leicestershire Rugby Union. The union's control over Nottinghamshire ended when Notts, Lincs and Derbys Rugby Union was founded in 1925.
The Leicestershire senior men's county team currently competes in the Division 2 of the English County Championship. Leicestershire won the third tier competition, the County Championship Shield, with victory over Cumbria at Twickenham Stadium in June 2015, having previously finished as losing finalists four times. Following their Shield win, the county moved up to County Championship Plate level. In 2017 they won the County Championship Plate for the first time.
County team honours
- County Championship winners: 1925
- County Championship Division 3 winners: 2015
- County Championship Division 2 winners (2): 2017, 2019
There are currently 34 clubs affiliated with the Leicestershire RU, most of which have teams at both senior and junior level. The majority of teams are based in Leicestershire but there are also teams from Rutland and even Warwickshire.
- Aylestone Athletic
- Aylestone St James
- De Montfort University
- Leicester Forest
- Leicester Lions
- Leicester Medics
- Leicester Thursday
- Light Blues
- Loughborough Students
- Market Bosworth.
- Market Harborough
- Melton Mowbray
- Oadby Wyggestonian
- Old Newtonians
- Sileby Town
- South Leicester
- University of Leicester
County club competitions
- Leicestershire County Cup - founded in 1890 as the Leicestershire Senior Cup, open to clubs typically playing at tiers 5-7 of the English rugby union system
- Leicestershire Bowl
- Leicestershire Junior Cup - founded in 1887 as the second most important cup in the county until it was discontinued in 1936
- Rolleston Charity Cup - founded in 1897, changed to a sevens competition in 1927 until it was disbanded in 1979
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