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Courage League
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Regional Division 1

Courage League 1987/88

Overview
It was the first season of the new National League system. The teams involved were Merit Table A teams with London Scottish, being the worst during previous season, replaced by Waterloo, the best in Merit Table B.

There were no fixed fixtures so clubs had to arrange their own (to a minimum of ten out of eleven opponents, only one game against each club could count).
The best team in the table, Leicester Tigers, was proclamed national champion while the 2 worst teams (Coventry and Sale Sharks) were relegated to National League 2.
Points were awarded as follows: 4 points for a win, 2 points for a draw and 1 point for a loss.

The league was sponsored by Courage Brewery.

Regular season
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1Leicester Tigers371090122513392Winner
2Wasps361181221813682
3Harlequins3011614261128133
4Bath301161419715641
5Gloucester291061320612185
6Orrell271151519215339
7Moseley2611506167170-3
8Nottingham2411416146170-24
9Bristol Rugby231041517114526
10Waterloo2210406123208-85
11Coventry2111317139246-107Relegated
12Sale Sharks1111001195374-279

BathBristol
Rugby
CoventryGloucesterHarlequinsLeicester
Tigers
MoseleyNottinghamOrrellSale
Sharks
WaspsWaterloo
Bath-15-921-914-023-1810-17
Bristol
Rugby
-16-2121-1037-312-12
Coventry9-925-3-12-1515-2011-2424-1915-10
Gloucester9-1639-3-18-1217-961-713-24
Harlequins28-229-9-9-1234-86-1266-037-4
Leicester
Tigers
24-1315-1032-16-42-1512-939-15
Moseley26-311-323-21-28-1019-1227-3
Nottingham25-153-1613-2221-3-12-12
Orrell13-259-1330-6-19-030-6
Sale
Sharks
17-4615-190-17-6-14
Wasps19-1549-617-1617-923-15-
Waterloo16-610-929-1313-22-