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2015–16 National League 2 North

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Countries  England
Matches played  239
Country  England
Runners-up  Sedgley Park
Champion  Macclesfield R.U.F.C.
Attendance  65,338
2015–16 National League 2 North
Date  5 September 2015 – 14 May 2016
Champions  Macclesfield (3rd title)
Highest attendance  1,050 Harrogate v Otley on 5 September 2015
Relegated  Huddersfield R.U.F.C., Broadstreet Rugby Club, Sandal RUFC
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The 2015–16 National League 2 North is the seventh season (29th overall) of the fourth tier of the English domestic rugby union competitions since the professionalised format of the second division was introduced. There was talk of this being the last season in this format due to RFU changes to tier four which were supposed to result in a restructuring of the league from two regional divisions (north and south) to three (north, south-east and south-west) for the 2016–17 season but this seems to have been put on hold due to protests from the northern clubs who stood to lose revenue from a smaller fixture list.

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Teams joining the division include Macclesfield and Tynedale (both relegated from National League 1), Sale and Sandal (both promoted from National League 3 North) and South Leicester (promoted from National League 3 Midlands). A further change this season saw Harrogate play their first game at their new ground at Rudding Lane - a move from their previous ground of Claro Road where they had been stationed for the past 119 years - beating local rivals Otley in front of a club record crowd of 1,050.

At the end of the season, Macclesfield made an instant return to National League 1 after their relegation the previous season by winning the championship with three games to go, defeating Chester 40-12 to take the title at Priory Park - the club's third National League 2 North title and a record so far in the division. The two bottom clubs at the end of the season were Huddersfield, who went down in Round 27, and Broadstreet, who followed one week later. While both teams were fairly competitive (gaining 7 and 8 wins apiece) the third relegation spot was much more keenly fought with five teams facing the drop up on the last round of the season. In the end it was Sandal who went down after one season spent in National League 2 North, losing their final game against Luctonians, while their relegation rivals all won. It was a particularly interesting contest between Sandal and fellow promoted club, Sale, who were actually in the final relegation spot on the last day (although they did have a rescheduled game still to play) but the Heywood Road side won against high flying Caldy to stay in the division. Another interesting feature of the season was Caldy's Nick Royle whose 25 tries saw him finish not only as the top try scorer in the league but also as the record all-time try scorer in the division with 161 tries overall.

As league runners up to Macclesfield by some distance, Sedgley Park had to travel down to Hertfordshire to face the 2015–16 National League 2 South runners up, Old Albanian, who hosted the game due to a superior league record. In the end Old Albanian were too good for Sedgley Park, winning 24 - 0 to claim the final promotion place to the 2016–17 National League 1.

Structure

The league consists of sixteen teams with all the teams playing each other on a home and away basis to make a total of thirty matches each. There is one automatic promotion place, one play-off place and three relegation places. The champions are promoted to the 2016–17 National League 1 and the runners-up play the second-placed team in the 2015–16 National League 2 South with the winner being promoted. The last three teams are relegated to either National League 3 Midlands or National League 3 North depending on the geographical location of the team.

Participating teams and locations

Eleven of the teams listed below participated in the 2014–15 National League 2 North season; Macclesfield and Tynedale were relegated from the 2014–15 National League 1, Sale (champions) and Sandal (play-offs) were promoted from National League 3 North while South Leicester (champions) were promoted from National League 3 Midlands.

League table

Notes

Round 13

  • Postponed due to severe weather and flooding. Game rescheduled to 27 February 2016.
  • Postponed due to severe weather causing flooding. Game rescheduled to 27 February 2016.
  • Round 14

  • Postponed due to waterlogged pitch. Game rescheduled to 27 February 2016.
  • Postponed due to waterlogged pitch. Game rescheduled to 27 February 2016.
  • Round 16

  • Postponed due to pitch being deemed unsuitable to play due to heavy rain. Game rescheduled to 12 March 2016.
  • Round 17

  • Postponed due to waterlogged pitch caused by heavy rain. Game to be rescheduled for 12 March 2016.
  • Round 18

  • Postponed due to waterlogged pitch. Game to be rescheduled for 12 March 2016.
  • Postponed due to frozen pitch. Game to be rescheduled for 12 March 2016.
  • Postponed due to bad weather. Game to be rescheduled for 12 March 2016.
  • Postponed due to frozen pitch. Game to be rescheduled for 26 March 2016.
  • Postponed due to bad weather. Game to be rescheduled for 27 February 2016.
  • Round 20

  • Postponed due to Sandal being unwilling to play what they considered to be an unsafe pitch caused by recent rain. Game to be rescheduled for 26 March 2016.
  • Round 21

  • Postponed due to bad weather conditions. Game to be rescheduled for 7 May 2016.
  • Postponed due to waterlogged pitch caused by heavy rain. Game to be rescheduled for 7 May 2016.
  • Postponed due to waterlogged pitch caused by heavy rain. Game to be rescheduled for 26 March 2016.
  • Postponed due to waterlogged pitch caused by heavy rain. Game to be rescheduled for 26 March 2016.
  • Rounds 13, 14 & 18 (rescheduled games)

  • Game rescheduled from 12 December 2015.
  • Game rescheduled from 5 December 2015.
  • Game rescheduled from 12 December 2015.
  • Game rescheduled from 5 December 2015.
  • Game rescheduled from 16 January 2016.
  • Round 24

  • Postponed due to bad weather conditions. Game to be rescheduled for 14 May 2016.
  • Rounds 16, 17 & 18 (rescheduled games)

  • Game rescheduled from 2 January 2016.
  • Game rescheduled from 9 January 2016.
  • Game rescheduled from 16 January 2016.
  • Game rescheduled from 16 January 2016.
  • Game rescheduled from 16 January 2016.
  • Rounds 18, 20 & 21 (rescheduled games)

  • Game rescheduled from 30 January 2016.
  • Game rescheduled from 16 January 2016.
  • Game rescheduled from 6 February 2016.
  • Game rescheduled from 6 February 2016.
  • Round 27

  • Huddersfield are relegated.
  • Round 28

  • Broadstreet are relegated.
  • Round 30

  • Sandal are relegated.
  • Round 21 (rescheduled games)

  • Game rescheduled from 6 February 2016.
  • Game rescheduled from 6 February 2016.
  • Round 24 (rescheduled game)

  • Game originally rescheduled from 5 March 2016 but would ultimately be cancelled at Harrogate's request as the game would not affect the final league table standings.
  • Promotion play-off

    Each season, the runners-up in the National League 2 North and National League 2 South and participate in a play-off for promotion to National Division 1. Old Albanian were runners-up in the 2015–16 National League 2 South and because they had a better record than the 2015–16 National League 2 North runners-up, Sedgley Park, they hosted the play-off match.

    Individual statistics

  • Note: if players are tied on tries or points the player with the lowest number of appearances comes first. Also note that points scorers includes tries as well as conversions, penalties and drop goals. Appearance figures also include coming on as substitutes (unused substitutes not included). Does not include promotion playoff.
  • References

    2015–16 National League 2 North Wikipedia


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