Championship Cup competition announced

Championship Cup season unveiled
Championship Cup season unveiled
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The inaugural edition of Championship Cup has been launched on Friday with the tournament kicking-off on 1st September.

The clubs will compete in the competition for the next two seasons after there was a collection decision to withdraw from the British and Irish Cup at the end of the previous season.

The clubs have been divided into three groups based on the geographic location and will compete across six rounds. The pool stage fixtures are scheduled in one block and will be played before Christmas allowing clubs to focus on the Championship Cup consistently over a six week period.

The top two clubs from each group along together with the two best runners-up overall will progress to the quarter-finals with the final set to be played in May next year.

Pool 1 comprises of Coventry, Doncaster Knights, Nottingham and Yorkshire Carnegie, in Pool 2 Ealing Trailfinders will face Jersey, London Scottish and Richmond while Bedford Blues, Cornish Pirates, Hartpury and London Irish will form Pool 3.

“The Championship Cup will add an additional layer of competition and will also reignite old local rivalries which we’re really excited to see unfold,” said Greene King IPA Championship chairman Geoff Irvine.

RFU director of professional rugby, Nigel Melville, added: “The introduction of the Championship Cup competition next season is a positive step forward for our tier two clubs.

“We worked closely with the clubs to develop a competition that would encourage exciting local derbies and also give the clubs more game time outside of the 22 Championship rounds, which in turn will strengthen the development opportunities and competition among clubs in this country.”

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Fixtures

Round 1

Doncaster Knights vs Coventry Pool 1

Yorkshire Carnegie vs Nottingham Pool 1

Ealing Trailfinders vs Jersey Reds Pool 2

London Scottish vs Richmond Pool 2

Cornish Pirates vs Bedford Blues Pool 3

Hartpury College vs London Irish Pool 3

Round 2

Coventry vs Yorkshire Carnegie Pool 1

Nottingham vs Doncaster Knights Pool 1

Jersey Reds vs London Scottish Pool 2

Richmond vs Ealing Trailfinders Pool 2

Bedford Blues vs Hartpury College Pool 3

London Irish vs Cornish Pirates Pool 3

Round 3

Coventry vs Nottingham Pool 1

Yorkshire Carnegie vs Doncaster Knights Pool 1

Jersey Reds vs Richmond Pool 2

London Scottish vs Ealing Trailfinders Pool 2

Cornish Pirates vs Hartpury College Pool 3

London Irish vs Bedford Blues Pool 3

Round 4

Doncaster Knights vs Yorkshire Carnegie Pool 1

Nottingham vs Coventry Pool 1

Ealing Trailfinders vs London Scottish Pool 2

Richmond vs Jersey Reds Pool 2

Bedford Blues vs London Irish Pool 3

Hartpury College vs Cornish Pirates Pool 3

Round 5

Coventry vs Doncaster Knights Pool 1

Nottingham vs Yorkshire Carnegie Pool 1

Jersey Reds vs Ealing Trailfinders Pool 2

Richmond vs London Scottish Pool 2

Bedford Blues vs Cornish Pirates Pool 3

London Irish vs Hartpury College Pool 3

Round 6

Doncaster Knights vs Nottingham Pool 1

Yorkshire Carnegie vs Coventry Pool 1

Ealing Trailfinders vs Richmond Pool 2

London Scottish vs Jersey Reds Pool 2

Cornish Pirates vs London Irish Pool 3

Hartpury College vs Bedford Blues Pool 3

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