Following the early end of the rugby season in England as a result of COVID-19, the RFU have ratified final league positions for all leagues, with the HRFU then following suit to confirm League standings below Level 10.
RFU President, Peter Wheeler, said: “We believe that the decisions made provide fair and balanced outcomes for the game and maintain the integrity of the competitions. We have listened to recommendations from the heart of the game and the approach has been ratified by the RFU Council.
“This has been a difficult decision to make in the most unprecedented of circumstances. There is no single solution that will suit every club, but the approach taken is one that we believe best reflects the nature of league rugby in England.
“With 80% of the season complete for the community game, we believe our approach is fair and the right one for our leagues. We have clubs that are clear league leaders and worthy of promotion, but also other clubs who have said they would benefit from relegation, to play more meaningful rugby.”
This results in the Hurricanes 1st XV calculated to finish the season 5th in Hampshire Premier. At the moment the current standings have a Petersfield and Alton promoted to London South West 3, with Gosport & Fareham relegated in Hampshire Premier. In the other direction, Fareham Heathens and Farnborough are set to be relegated, and their places will be filled by the promoted Chichester 2nd XV and Overton.
Currently, as things stand Sandown & Shanklin 2nd XV sit in 2nd place in Hampshire Three and look to cap a superb season by being promoted into Hampshire Two.