Senior Mens Rugby

Wimbledon RFC 1st XV play in London and SE Premier

Wimbledon RFC 1st XV plays its rugby in the Regional 1 South Central  (Nat 3) League. With a 2nd and 3rd team in local London competitions each week.

We train at Wimbledon RFC, Barham Road, London, SW20 0ET on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.30pm and have on site Physio and Gym facilities.

Wimbledon’s first recorded match was against Richmond in November 1865, making the club one of the oldest in the country, and one of just twelve surviving clubs that founded the RFU in 1871. The club’s then captain, L.J. Maton, drafted the first laws of the game and went on to become the third president of the RFU in 1875. Also that year two club members, the brothers J.D. and H.J.Graham, gained one and four caps respectively for England.

The club played on Wimbledon Common until World War 1, using the Rose & Crown in Wimbledon Village as changing rooms and clubhouse.

The club’s move to its current clubhouse in Barham Road, off Copse Hill, coincided with the launch of league rugby in Britain in 1987/88. Both events have benefited the club considerably.

After being placed, somewhat arbitrarily, in Surrey 2 in the first year of the leagues, Wimbledon began its spectacular rise through them:

Year League Results Captain Coach
2021/22 London and SE Premier (Nat 3) Currently 5th on the table Josh Bayford Collin Osbourne
2020/21 London and SE Premier (Nat 3) Covid-19 affected seasons Josh Bayford Collin Osbourne
2019/20 London and SE Premier (Nat 3) Covid-19 affected seasons Josh Bayford Collin Osbourne
2018/19 London and SE Premier (Nat 3) Finished 3rd Josh Bayford Collin Osbourne
2017/18  National League 2 South

After a hard fought season, the team, along with Barnstaple RFC, were relegated on the last day of the season back to the fifth tier

As the final match report of the season stated: "after losing their first 14 matches in this league, several narrowly (and a couple they have lived to regret), the First XV made a real fist of it in the second half of the season with eight good victories…several of them outstanding wins against top sides. If they continue to produce performances like those next season, there’s every chance they’ll bounce straight back up to National 2.

TBC Nick Easter 
2016/17 London and SE Premier (Nat 3) Finished second in National League 3 London & South East. Beat Dings Crusaders 50-5 in the playoff to be promoted to National League 2 South. Once more, the highest league the club has ever played in! TBC Nick Easter 
2015/16 London and SE Premier (Nat 3) Finished a strong 8th in National League - winning 13 out of 26 games TBC Nick Easter 
2014/15 London South 1 Under head coach Nick Easter were top of the table all season. Promoted to National 3 League - the highest league the club's ever played in. In our 150th year as well! TBC Nick Easter 
2007/08 London 3 South West Mid table finish TBC TBC
2006/07 London 2 South Mid table finish TBC TBC
2005/06 London 2 North Mid table finish TBC TBC
2000/05 London 2 South Mid table finish TBC TBC
2007/08 London 3 South West Mid table finish TBC TBC
2006/07 London 2 South Mid table finish TBC TBC
2005/06 London 2 North Mid table finish TBC TBC
2000/05 London 2 South Mid table finish TBC TBC
2007/08 London 3 South West Mid table finish TBC TBC
2006/07 London 2 South Mid table finish TBC TBC
2005/06 London 2 North Mid table finish TBC TBC
2000/05 London 2 South Mid table finish TBC TBC
2001/02 London 2 South

Finished equal third with Gosport & Fareham, but with 15 wins to their 14. Only a couple of narrow early defeats prevented promotion. The 2nd XV were unlucky to lose the final of their new league.

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2000/01 London 1 With a new coach, Tim Herman, recruited from Rosslyn Park , and a new team spirit, finished 4th. TBC TBC
1999/00 London 1 Although coming back strongly after an appalling start to the season (9 straight defeats), finished 6th from bottom in London 1 and, due to the re-structuring of the leagues, were relegated. TBC TBC
1998/99 London 1 Top half finish TBC TBC
2001/02 London 2 South

Finished equal third with Gosport & Fareham, but with 15 wins to their 14. Only a couple of narrow early defeats prevented promotion. The 2nd XV were unlucky to lose the final of their new league.

TBC TBC
2000/01 London 1 With a new coach, Tim Herman, recruited from Rosslyn Park , and a new team spirit, finished 4th. TBC TBC
1999/00 London 1 Although coming back strongly after an appalling start to the season (9 straight defeats), finished 6th from bottom in London 1 and, due to the re-structuring of the leagues, were relegated. TBC TBC
1998/99 London 1 Top half finish TBC TBC
2001/02 London 2 South

Finished equal third with Gosport & Fareham, but with 15 wins to their 14. Only a couple of narrow early defeats prevented promotion. The 2nd XV were unlucky to lose the final of their new league.

TBC TBC
2000/01 London 1 With a new coach, Tim Herman, recruited from Rosslyn Park , and a new team spirit, finished 4th. TBC TBC
1999/00 London 1 Although coming back strongly after an appalling start to the season (9 straight defeats), finished 6th from bottom in London 1 and, due to the re-structuring of the leagues, were relegated. TBC TBC
1998/99 London 1 Top half finish TBC TBC
1997/98 London 1 Mid-table. Runners-up Surrey Cup, losing to Camberley. TBC TBC
1996/97 London 2 South Winners - with 26 consecutive league wins on the wa TBC TBC
1995/96 London League 3 South West Winners TBC TBC
1993/94 Surrey 1 Winners TBC TBC
1992/93 Surrey 2 Winners TBC TBC
1991/92 Surrey 2 Finished 3rd (on points difference). TBC TBC
1990/91 Surrey 2 Finished 2nd TBC TBC
1989/90 Surrey 2 Finished 3rd TBC TBC
1988/89 Surrey Cup Runners-up TBC TBC