Following a recent announcement by the RFU, the number of dual-registered players in Level 2 match day squads has been increased. This change will allow a Level 2 side to select up to 10 England Academy Players.
Following the eventful 2016/2017 season and the demise of London Welsh, clubs in Level 2 have had to reassess their finances with some changes in the operations of squads such as the inclusion or transformation to a semi-professional set-up.
London Irish rugby director Nick Kennedy lavished praise on his side after their victories in the two-legged final against Yorkshire Carnegie in the RFU Championship that helped them secure a promotion to the Aviva Premiership.
Brendan McKibbin and Alex Lewington scored a double each as London Irish completed a 55-48 victory in the second legged final of RFU Championship against Yorkshire Carnegie at Madejski Stadium to confirm their promotion in the Aviva Premiership.
Jonah Holmes scored a double as Yorkshire Carnegie have their one foot in the final of Greene King IPA Championship after defeating Ealing Trailfinders by 16-34 in the first leg of the play-off at Ealing on Friday.