Greene King IPA Championship Fixtures 2019/20 Announced

Greene King IPA Championship Fixtures 2019/20 Announced


Fixtures for the 2019/20 Greene King IPA Championship season have been confirmed. 

The competition will be played over 22 rounds, beginning 11 October with the final game played on 10 May next year. 

Ampthill secured a place in rugby’s second tier following an eight-try win at Loughborough Students last season, putting them at the top of National League One by five points. They will face Nottingham at home in the opening round.

After six successive seasons in the top flight of English rugby, Newcastle Falcons is back in the Greene King IPA Championship this season and will open its campaign away against London Scottish which finished last season in ninth position. 

London Irish regained its place in the Gallagher Premiership, after only one season in the Greene King IPA Championship by finishing at the top of the table over second place Ealing Trailfinders, who travel to the west-country for its opening round against Cornish Pirates.

Elsewhere in the competition, Jersey Reds will play Coventry, in a rematch of the final game of the 2018/19 season which saw Coventry win 23-36, Hartpury RFC will host Doncaster Knights and Yorkshire Carnegie welcome Bedford Blues to the Emerald Headingley Stadium.

The RFU Championship Cup, taking place for the second time, will open the season’s fixtures with the first games taking place on 20 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: “We’re delighted to welcome Newcastle Falcons and Ampthill to the 11th season of the Greene King IPA Championship.

“The Championship continues to thrive and we look forward to another highly competitive season starting in two months’ time.”

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.

“Last season produced some fantastic performances and we’re all looking forward to more great rugby next season,” added Melville. 

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NB: All kick-off times and match dates to be confirmed by the clubs.

Greene King IPA Championship – Fixtures 2019/20


Round 1                                   11/12/13 October         

Yorkshire Carnegie       vs         Bedford Blues                       

Round 2                                   18/19/20 October         

Ampthill                       vs         Yorkshire Carnegie

Round 3                                   25/26/27 October         

Yorkshire Carnegie       vs         Coventry                       

Round 4                                   1/2/3 November

London Scottish            vs         Yorkshire Carnegie

Round 5                                   8/9/10 November         

Yorkshire Carnegie       vs         Ealing Trailfinders                       

Round 6                                   15/16/17 November      

Hartpury RFC               vs         Yorkshire Carnegie

Round 7                       20/21/22 - /27/28/29 December 

Yorkshire Carnegie       vs         Doncaster Knights                       

Round 8                                   10/11/12 January          

Cornish Pirates            vs         Yorkshire Carnegie

Round 9                                   17/18/19 January          

Yorkshire Carnegie       vs         Newcastle Falcons                       

Round 10                                  24/25/26 January          

Jersey Reds                   vs         Yorkshire Carnegie

Round 11                                  31 Jan/1/2 February      

Yorkshire Carnegie       vs         Nottingham                       

Round 12                                  7/8/9 February 

Yorkshire Carnegie       vs         Ampthill                       

Round 13                                  14/15/16 February        

Coventry                      vs         Yorkshire Carnegie

Round 14                                  28/29 Feb/1 March       

Yorkshire Carnegie       vs         London Scottish

Round 15                                  13/14/15 March

Ealing Trailfinders        vs         Yorkshire Carnegie

Round 16                                  20/21/22 March

Yorkshire Carnegie       vs         Hartpury RFC                       

Round 17                                  27/28/29 March

Doncaster Knights         vs         Yorkshire Carnegie

Round 18                                  3/4/5 April       

Yorkshire Carnegie       vs         Cornish Pirates                       

Round 19                                  10/11/12 April 

Newcastle Falcons        vs         Yorkshire Carnegie                       

Round 20                                  24/25/26 April 

Yorkshire Carnegie       vs         Jersey Reds                       

Round 21                                  1/2/3 May        

Nottingham                  vs         Yorkshire Carnegie                       

Round 22                                  8/9/10 May      

Bedford Blues               vs         Yorkshire Carnegie

RFU Championship Cup – Fixtures 2019/20

Pool 1


Pool 2


Pool 3



Doncaster Knights


Cornish Pirates

Bedford Blues


Hartpury RFC


London Scottish



Jersey Reds



Ealing Trailfinders


Newcastle Falcons


Yorkshire Carnegie


Round 1                                   20/21/22 September     

Nottingham                  vs         Yorkshire Carnegie                       

Round 2                                   27/28/29 September     

Yorkshire Carnegie       vs         Cornish Pirates                       

Round 3                                   4/5/6 October   

London Scottish            vs         Yorkshire Carnegie

Round 4                       29/30 Nov / 1 December           

Yorkshire Carnegie       vs         London Scottish                       

Round 5                                   6/7/8 December

Cornish Pirates            vs         Yorkshire Carnegie                       

Round 6                                   13/14/15 December      

Yorkshire Carnegie       vs         Nottingham