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Courage League
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Courage League - Division 2 1996/97

Overview
Points were awarded as follows: 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.
The 2 best teams in the table were promoted to Premiership (former National League 1), the 2 worst teams were relegated to National League 1 (former National League 2).
Teams placed in 3rd and 4th place played a home and away playoff against 9th and 10th from National League 1 to gain promotion.

The league was sponsored by Courage Brewery.

Teams variations

Regular season
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1Richmond40221921986410576Promoted
2Newcastle Falcons392219121255346909
3Coventry33221615738394344Qualified for playoff
4Bedford Blues30221507720482238
5London Scottish222211011549568-19
6Wakefield222211011504557-53
7Rotherham Titans202210012525661-136
8Moseley18229013492741-249
9Waterloo16228014506661-155
10Blackheath14227015412641-229
11Rugby Lions62230193171060-743Relegated
12Nottingham4222020344827-483

Bedford
Blues
BlackheathCoventryLondon
Scottish
MoseleyNewcastle
Falcons
NottinghamRichmondRotherham
Titans
Rugby
Lions
WakefieldWaterloo
Bedford
Blues
-72-1830-2314-2864-934-2841-2317-4444-3057-625-1938-6
Blackheath11-3-10-1613-1928-310-7224-021-4044-524-3313-1727-48
Coventry30-1074-10-66-633-1819-18102-2216-1621-1524-1024-2528-16
London
Scottish
26-2723-3113-14-42-1012-2833-1018-3725-343-734-342-30
Moseley40-3421-1819-3544-16-9-7534-2215-8748-1734-1117-3017-13
Newcastle
Falcons
49-1261-049-1771-2088-19-53-1737-1761-13156-557-1030-13
Nottingham13-3612-220-2912-2611-2229-74-5-7021-4444-1018-4013-33
Richmond34-3329-2439-1054-1337-2720-2034-0-64-3864-855-2264-13
Rotherham
Titans
11-3239-1111-4228-1818-921-4530-246-28-49-1812-1938-23
Rugby
Lions
6-3424-323-6116-4529-228-7020-1231-7216-41-17-2215-56
Wakefield17-2914-1137-1827-3013-4217-4731-167-2325-2953-12-45-12
Waterloo11-3416-1017-3623-1720-1324-6619-2029-5823-2745-1216-11-

Matches schedule
04/05/1997 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Rotherham Titans61-13
03/05/1997 - Regular season
Wakefield - Coventry37-18
Waterloo - London Scottish23-17
30/04/1997 - Regular season
Waterloo - Newcastle Falcons24-66
26/04/1997 - Regular season
Coventry - Bedford Blues30-10
Moseley - Rotherham Titans48-17
Newcastle Falcons - London Scottish71-20
Richmond - Nottingham34-0
Wakefield - Blackheath14-11
Waterloo - Rugby Lions45-12
19/04/1997 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - London Scottish14-28
Blackheath - Waterloo27-48
Coventry - Moseley33-18
Nottingham - Rugby Lions44-10
Richmond - Wakefield55-22
Rotherham Titans - Newcastle Falcons21-45
16/04/1997 - Regular season
Blackheath - Newcastle Falcons10-72
12/04/1997 - Regular season
London Scottish - Rotherham Titans25-3
Moseley - Bedford Blues40-34
Newcastle Falcons - Coventry49-17
Rugby Lions - Blackheath24-32
Wakefield - Nottingham31-16
Waterloo - Richmond29-58
05/04/1997 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Newcastle Falcons34-28
Coventry - Rotherham Titans21-15
Moseley - London Scottish44-16
Nottingham - Waterloo13-33
Richmond - Blackheath29-24
Wakefield - Rugby Lions53-12
31/03/1997 - Regular season
London Scottish - Wakefield34-3
29/03/1997 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Richmond37-17
Rugby Lions - London Scottish16-45
Wakefield - Moseley13-42
22/03/1997 - Regular season
Blackheath - Nottingham24-0
London Scottish - Coventry13-14
Newcastle Falcons - Moseley88-19
Rotherham Titans - Bedford Blues11-32
Rugby Lions - Richmond31-72
Waterloo - Wakefield16-11
16/03/1997 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Nottingham53-17
15/03/1997 - Regular season
Rugby Lions - Rotherham Titans16-41
08/03/1997 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Waterloo38-6
Coventry - Blackheath74-10
London Scottish - Richmond18-37
Moseley - Rugby Lions34-11
Newcastle Falcons - Wakefield57-10
Rotherham Titans - Nottingham30-24
23/02/1997 - Regular season
Coventry - Rugby Lions24-10
22/02/1997 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Blackheath72-18
Moseley - Waterloo17-13
Rotherham Titans - Richmond6-28
08/02/1997 - Regular season
Blackheath - London Scottish13-19
Nottingham - Coventry0-29
Richmond - Moseley37-27
Rugby Lions - Newcastle Falcons8-70
Wakefield - Bedford Blues17-29
Waterloo - Rotherham Titans23-27
02/02/1997 - Regular season
Nottingham - Moseley11-22
25/01/1997 - Regular season
Richmond - Bedford Blues34-33
18/01/1997 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Rugby Lions57-6
Coventry - Waterloo28-16
London Scottish - Nottingham33-10
Moseley - Blackheath21-18
Rotherham Titans - Wakefield12-19
28/12/1996 - Regular season
Nottingham - Bedford Blues13-36
Richmond - Coventry39-10
16/11/1996 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Coventry30-23
Blackheath - Wakefield13-17
London Scottish - Newcastle Falcons12-28
Nottingham - Richmond5-70
Rotherham Titans - Blackheath39-11
Rugby Lions - Waterloo15-56
09/11/1996 - Regular season
London Scottish - Bedford Blues26-27
Moseley - Coventry19-35
Rotherham Titans - Moseley18-9
Rugby Lions - Nottingham20-12
Wakefield - Richmond7-23
Waterloo - Blackheath16-10
02/11/1996 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Moseley64-9
Blackheath - Rugby Lions24-33
Coventry - Newcastle Falcons19-18
Nottingham - Wakefield18-40
Richmond - Waterloo64-13
Rotherham Titans - London Scottish28-18
26/10/1996 - Regular season
Blackheath - Richmond21-40
London Scottish - Moseley42-10
Newcastle Falcons - Bedford Blues49-12
Rotherham Titans - Coventry11-42
Rugby Lions - Wakefield17-22
Waterloo - Nottingham19-20
19/10/1996 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Rotherham Titans44-30
Coventry - London Scottish66-6
Moseley - Newcastle Falcons9-75
Nottingham - Blackheath12-22
Richmond - Rugby Lions64-8
Wakefield - Waterloo45-12
12/10/1996 - Regular season
Blackheath - Coventry10-16
Nottingham - Rotherham Titans21-44
Richmond - London Scottish54-13
Rugby Lions - Moseley29-22
Wakefield - Newcastle Falcons17-47
Waterloo - Bedford Blues11-34
05/10/1996 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Wakefield25-19
Coventry - Nottingham102-22
London Scottish - Blackheath23-31
Moseley - Richmond15-87
Newcastle Falcons - Rugby Lions156-5
Rotherham Titans - Waterloo38-23
29/09/1996 - Regular season
Rugby Lions - Bedford Blues6-34
28/09/1996 - Regular season
Blackheath - Moseley28-3
Nottingham - London Scottish12-26
Richmond - Newcastle Falcons20-20
Wakefield - Rotherham Titans25-29
Waterloo - Coventry17-36
21/09/1996 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Richmond17-44
Coventry - Wakefield24-25
London Scottish - Waterloo42-30
Moseley - Nottingham34-22
Newcastle Falcons - Blackheath61-0
Rotherham Titans - Rugby Lions49-18
14/09/1996 - Regular season
Blackheath - Bedford Blues11-3
Nottingham - Newcastle Falcons29-74
Richmond - Rotherham Titans64-38
Rugby Lions - Coventry3-61
Wakefield - London Scottish27-30
Waterloo - Moseley20-13
07/09/1996 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Nottingham41-23
Blackheath - Rotherham Titans44-5
Coventry - Richmond16-16
London Scottish - Rugby Lions43-7
Moseley - Wakefield17-30
Newcastle Falcons - Waterloo30-13