A Statement from the RFU

Double header festival set to kick off Greene King IPA’s title partnership of the RFU Championship

Greene King IPA is today confirmed as the first title partner of the RFU Championship, the second tier of professional rugby in England, consolidating its position as one of the key supporters of rugby at all levels of the game.

The competition, now titled the Greene King IPA Championship to reflect the new four year partnership, has seen rapid growth since its inception in 2009. The league continues to become increasingly competitive and is a showcase for exciting rugby, whilst providing a strong pathway for a number of England players including seven from the current squad, five of whom are on the 2013 Lions Tour.

Extending the league season from 22 to 23 rounds, the 2013-14 season will begin with a triple bill of double headers to kick-off Greene King IPA’s new partnership on the weekend of September 14, taking place at the neutral venues of Allianz Park, Sandy Park and Castle Park.

RFU Chief Commercial Officer Sophie Goldschmidt commented:

“We are delighted to have reached agreement with Greene King IPA to become the title partner of the RFU Championship. The Championship has developed significantly thanks to the continued commitment of the clubs and the Union. It has led the way with innovations such as RefCam and live Twitter streaming for fans, which have helped it become the fantastic competition it is today.

“We would like to thank the Championship clubs for their support during the negotiations. We look forward to the new Greene King IPA Championship season, which will also see Sky Sports broadcast 18 live games.”

Chris Houlton, Managing Director of Greene King Brewing & Brands, added:

“Greene King IPA has been a supporter of rugby union at all levels for many years and we are looking forward to an exciting partnership with the Championship over the next four seasons and bringing the great taste of quality cask ale to rugby fans across the country.  The Championship is a fantastic division and a proven hotbed of emerging rugby talent – we see this as the perfect time to commit to a long term agreement and help raise its profile.”

Following the announcement of the Greene King IPA Championship today, Championship Clubs Chairman Geoff Irvine commented,

“This announcement is a fantastic step forward for the competition and on behalf of the Championship clubs, I would like to welcome Greene King IPA. To have such an established brand like Greene King IPA invest in the second tier of professional rugby is a real credit to the clubs and all the hard work they have put in since the Championship formed in 2009.”

The 2013-14 season will kick-off a week later than usual to avoid the start of the Aviva Premiership campaign. With the inclusion of two reserve weekends, and continuing the excitement of knock-out rugby in the two legged semi-finals and final, the Championship season will conclude on Wednesday June 4 2014.

Greene King IPA Championship 2013-14 fixtures

Round 1 – September 13/14/15 – Double Header
Allianz Park: Ealing Trailfinders v London Scottish, London Welsh v Bedford Blues
Castle Park: Moseley v Rotherham Titans, Nottingham Rugby v Leeds Carnegie
Sandy Park: Plymouth Albion v Jersey RFC , Cornish Pirates v Bristol Rugby

Round 2 – September 20/21/22
Jersey RFC v Bedford Blues
Bristol Rugby v London Scottish
Nottingham Rugby v London Welsh
Plymouth Albion v Moseley
Rotherham Titans v Ealing Trailfinders
Cornish Pirates v Leeds Carnegie

Round 3 – September 27/28/29
Jersey RFC v Bristol Rugby
Ealing Trailfinders v Cornish Pirates
Moseley v Rotherham Titans
London Welsh v Plymouth Albion
London Scottish v Nottingham Rugby
Bedford Blues v Leeds Carnegie

Round 4 – October 4/5/6
Bristol Rugby v Bedford Blues
Nottingham Rugby v Jersey RFC
Plymouth Albion v London Scottish
Rotherham Titans v London Welsh
Cornish Pirates v Moseley
Leeds Carnegie v Ealing Trailfinders

Round 5 – October 25/26/27

Jersey RFC v Plymouth Albion
Bristol Rugby v Nottingham Rugby
Moseley v Leeds Carnegie
London Welsh v Cornish Pirates
London Scottish v Rotherham Titans
Bedford Blues v Ealing Trailfinders

Round 6 – November 1/2/3

Nottingham Rugby v Bedford Blues
Plymouth Albion v Bristol Rugby
Rotherham Titans v Jersey RFC
Cornish Pirates v London Scottish
Leeds Carnegie v London Welsh
Ealing Trailfinders v Moseley

Round 7 – November 8/9/10

Cornish Pirates v Bedford Blues
Leeds Carnegie v Rotherham Titans
Ealing Trailfinders v Plymouth Albion
Moseley v Nottingham Rugby
London Welsh v Bristol Rugby
London Scottish v Jersey RFC

Round 8 – November 15/16/17
Jersey RFC v Cornish Pirates
Bristol Rugby v Rotherham Titans
Nottingham Rugby v Plymouth Albion
London Welsh v Ealing Trailfinders
London Scottish v Leeds Carnegie
Bedford Blues v Moseley

Round 9 – November 22/23/24
Plymouth Albion v Bedford Blues
Rotherham Titans v Nottingham Rugby
Cornish Pirates v Bristol Rugby
Leeds Carnegie v Jersey RFC
Ealing Trailfinders v London Scottish
Moseley v London Welsh

Round 10 – November/December 29/30/1
Jersey RFC v Ealing Trailfinders
Bristol Rugby v Leeds Carnegie
Nottingham Rugby v Cornish Pirates
Plymouth Albion v Rotherham Titans
London Scottish v Moseley
Bedford Blues v London Welsh

Round 11 – December 20/21/22
Rotherham Titans v Bedford Blues
Cornish Pirates v Plymouth Albion
Leeds Carnegie v Nottingham Rugby
Ealing Trailfinders v Bristol Rugby
Moseley v Jersey RFC
London Welsh v London Scottish

Round 12 – January 3/4/5
Jersey RFC v London Welsh
Bristol Rugby v Moseley
Nottingham Rugby v Ealing Trailfinders
Plymouth Albion v Leeds Carnegie
Rotherham Titans v Cornish Pirates
Bedford Blues v London Scottish

Round 13 – January 24/25/26
Jersey RFC v Rotherham Titans
Bristol Rugby v Plymouth Albion
Moseley v Ealing Trailfinders
London Welsh v Leeds Carnegie
London Scottish v Cornish Pirates
Bedford Blues v Nottingham Rugby

Round 14 – January/February 31/1/2

Bristol Rugby v Jersey RFC
Nottingham Rugby v London Scottish
Plymouth Albion v London Welsh
Rotherham Titans v Moseley
Cornish Pirates v Ealing Trailfinders
Leeds Carnegie v Bedford Blues

Round 15 – February 7/8/9
Jersey RFC v Nottingham Rugby
Ealing Trailfinders v Leeds Carnegie
Moseley v Cornish Pirates
London Welsh v Rotherham Titans
London Scottish v Plymouth Albion
Bedford Blues v Bristol Rugby

Round 16 – February 14/15/16

Nottingham Rugby v Bristol Rugby
Plymouth Albion v Jersey RFC
Rotherham Titans v London Scottish
Cornish Pirates v London Welsh
Leeds Carnegie v Moseley
Ealing Trailfinders v Bedford Blues

Round 17 – February/March 28/1/2

Plymouth Albion v Nottingham Rugby
Rotherham Titans v Bristol Rugby
Cornish Pirates v Jersey RFC
Leeds Carnegie v London Scottish
Ealing Trailfinders v London Welsh
Moseley v Bedford Blues

Round 18 – March 7/8/9
Jersey RFC v Leeds Carnegie
Bristol Rugby v Cornish Pirates
Nottingham Rugby v Rotherham Titans
London Welsh v Moseley
London Scottish v Ealing Trailfinders
Bedford Blues v Plymouth Albion

Round 19 – March 21/22/23
Rotherham Titans v Plymouth Albion
Cornish Pirates v Nottingham Rugby
Leeds Carnegie v Bristol Rugby
Ealing Trailfinders v Jersey RFC
London Welsh v Bedford Blues
Moseley v London Scottish

Round 20 – March 28/29/30

Jersey RFC v Moseley
Bristol Rugby v Ealing Trailfinders
Nottingham Rugby v Leeds Carnegie
Plymouth Albion v Cornish Pirates
London Scottish v London Welsh
Bedford Blues v Rotherham Titans

Round 21 – April 4/5/6

Cornish Pirates v Rotherham Titans
Leeds Carnegie v Plymouth Albion
Ealing Trailfinders v Nottingham Rugby
Moseley v Bristol Rugby
London Welsh v Jersey RFC
London Scottish v Bedford Blues

Round 22 – April 18/19/20

Jersey RFC v London Scottish
Bristol Rugby v London Welsh
Nottingham Rugby v Moseley
Plymouth Albion v Ealing Trailfinders
Rotherham Titans v Leeds Carnegie
Bedford Blues v Cornish Pirates

Round 23 – April 25/26

Leeds Carnegie v Cornish Pirates
Ealing Trailfinders v Rotherham Titans
Moseley v Plymouth Albion
London Welsh v Nottingham Rugby
London Scottish v Bristol Rugby
Bedford Blues v Jersey RFC

Semi-finals –May 9/10/11th and May 16/17/18
Finals – Thursday May 29 and Wednesday June 4

Reserve weekends:
February 21/22/23
March 14/15/16

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About Greene King

Greene King was founded in 1799 and is headquartered in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. It currently employs 21,000 people across its main trading divisions: Retail, Pub Partners, Brewing Company and Belhaven.

Greene King brews quality ale brands from its Bury St. Edmunds and Dunbar breweries. Its leading ale brands are Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, the No.1 premium ale in the UK and Belhaven Best, the No.1 ale brand in Scotland.

It also operates c.2300 pubs and restaurants across England, Wales and Scotland, of which c.1000 are managed pubs and restaurants and c.1300 are tenanted, leased or franchised pubs. Its leading retail brands are Hungry Horse, Old English Inns, Loch Fyne Restaurants and Eating Inn.