THE NORTH MIDLANDS RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION
The North Midlands RFU is a Constituent Body (CB) of the Rugby Football Union. It’s delegated authority now covers the counties (or Domestic Unions) of Greater Birmingham, Worcestershire & Herefordshire and Shropshire.
North Midlands was established by the RFU in 1919 to accommodate the playing of County Championship rugby and it combined the Clubs in the Counties of Greater Birmingham, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire. The County name, once apt, is now domiciled in tradition and largely anachronistic following the defections of Derbyshire (1926), to form a new County with Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire, and Staffordshire (1964), seeking independence.
Prior to the establishment of Areas (North Midlands being allocated to Area 5 with Cheshire, Lancashire and Staffordshire) they were part of the Midlands Division comprising North Midlands, Warwickshire, East Midlands, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and NLD (Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire).