2019/20 fixtures revealed
Fixtures for the 2019/20 Greene King IPA Championship season have been confirmed.
The Trailfinders will begin their league campaign away at Cornish Pirates on the weekend of 12/13 October in a challenging start to the new year.
The competition will be played over 22 rounds, beginning on 11th October with the final game played on 10th May next year.
The RFU Championship Cup, taking place for the second time, will open the season’s fixtures with the first games taking place on 20th September.
As in its inaugural season, teams will be split into three pools, playing across six rounds with the pool stage fixtures all completed before Christmas. The top two teams from each pool together with the two best runners up across the three pools will all proceed to the quarter-finals which will be followed by the semi-finals and a final which will take place in May next year.
Pool 1 comprises of Ampthill, Bedford Blues, Coventry and Ealing Trailfinders, in Pool 2 Doncaster Knights will face Hartpury, Jersey Reds and Newcastle Falcons while Cornish Pirates, London Scottish, Nottingham and Yorkshire Carnegie will form Pool 3.
Greene King IPA championship chairman Geoff Irvine commenting on the new season said:
“The Championship continues to thrive and we look forward to another highly competitive season starting.”
RFU Director of Professional Rugby Nigel Melville added: “We’re all looking forward to the upcoming season and the fixtures comings out will provide a focus for clubs as they start to prepare for their first games.”
2019/20 Fixtures - exact dates and kick off times to be confirmed:
Greene King IPA Championship:
11/12/13 October - Cornish Pirates v Ealing Trailfinders
18/19/20 October - Ealing Trailfinders v Jersey Reds
25/26/27 October - Bedford Blues v Ealing Trailfinders
1/2/3 November - Ealing Trailfinders v Coventry
8/9/10 November - Yorkshire Carnegie v Ealing Trailfinders
15/16/17 November - Doncaster Knights v Ealing Trailfinders
20/21/22 - 27/28/29 December - Ealing Trailfinders v Newcastle Falcons
10/11/12 January - Nottingham v Ealing Trailfinders
17/18/19 January - Ealing Trailfinders v Ampthill
24/25/26 January - London Scottish v Ealing Trailfinders
1/2 February - Ealing Trailfinders v Hartpury
7/8/9 February - Jersey Reds v Ealing Trailfinders
14/15/16 February - Ealing Trailfinders v Bedford Blues
28/29 February - Coventry v Ealing Trailfinders
13/14/15 March - Ealing Trailfinders v Yorkshire Carnegie
20/21/22 March - Ealing Trailfinders v Doncaster Knights
27/28/29 March - Newcastle Falcons v Ealing Trailfinders
3/4/5 April - Ealing Trailfinders v Nottingham
10/11/12 April - Ampthill v Ealing Trailfinders
24/25/26 April - Ealing Trailfinders v London Scottish
1/2/3 May - Hartpury v Ealing Trailfinders
8/9/10 May - Ealing Trailfinders v Cornish Pirates
20/21/22 September - Bedford Blues v Ealing Trailfinders
27/28/29 September - Ealing Trailfinders v Ampthill
4/5/6/ October - Coventry v Ealing Trailfinders
29/30 November - Ealing Trailfinders v Bedford Blues
6/7/8 December - Ampthill v Ealing Trailfinders
13/14/15 December - Ealing Trailfinders v Coventry