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2014-15 Greene King IPA Championship: Warriors face Bristol in season opener

23 June 2014

  • 2014-15 Greene King IPA Championship fixtures announced
  • Bristol Rugby to host Warriors at Ashton Gate Stadium
Worcester Warriors

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Worcester Warriors will kick off their 2014-15 Greene King IPA Championship campaign against Bristol Rugby at their new home, Ashton Gate Stadium.

The upcoming season marks the second time Worcester Warriors have competed in the Championship since its formation as a professional second tier in 2009, having secured an immediate return to the Premiership in 2010-11. Former Gloucester Rugby head coach and England back-row forward Dean Ryan took over the reins at Worcester in April 2013, since releasing 14 players and announcing 17 new additions in preparation for the Championship.

The Warriors' return to the Championship is marked by arguably one of the toughest opposition in 2013-14 runners-up, Bristol Rugby. The West Country men lost out on promotion last season, failing to overcome London Welsh across the two-leg Championship final, the second of which took place at the Memorial Stadium in the last game at the famous ground after 93 years. Bristol will welcome Worcester to Ashton Gate, now joint home with Bristol City FC, signalling their debut fixture at the 21,000-capacity stadium.

Doncaster Knights

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At the other end of the table, Doncaster Knights will make their return to the Championship with a home tie against Plymouth Albion, following promotion from National League 1. Like Worcester in 2011, Doncaster saw an immediate bounce back up the leagues after relegation in 2012-13, all under the stewardship of former Welsh international Clive Griffiths.

Commenting on the fixtures, RFU Professional Rugby Director Rob Andrew said: “We've worked very closely with the Championship clubs to produce a fixture calendar that reflects the growing demands of the professional league, specifically bringing the season end forward to allow for a longer rest and planning period between campaigns.

“The British & Irish Cup has also been brought forward, with the competition now finishing in early April to allow for less congestion during the Championship play-offs.”

Championship XV fixture returns

In a new addition to the fixture calendar, the Championship XV concept will be reignited following its 2012 success with the Maori All Blacks. At a Championship venue to be confirmed, the best XV from across the league will face Canada in a showpiece game designed to highlight the breadth of talent on offer in the second tier, while providing a unique international experience for players and spectators alike.

“We're delighted to be bringing the Championship XV game back into the league season”, commented Geoff Irvine, Chairman of the Championship Clubs Committee.

“As highlighted by the sell-out Maori All Blacks fixture at Castle Park, these games offer a great appeal for Championship supporters and players. To have a group of players come together who would otherwise be playing against each other is a unique experience, and to do that against an International touring side is very special. I hope supporters from across the Championship clubs will support the game in November and come cheer on our boys.”

2014-15 Greene King IPA Championship fixtures

Round 1 – September 5/6/7
London Scottish v Rotherham Titans
Nottingham Rugby v Bedford Blues
Doncaster Knights v Plymouth Albion
Moseley v Jersey RFC
Bristol Rugby v Worcester Warriors
Cornish Pirates v Leeds Carnegie

Round 2 – September 12/13/14
Bedford Blues v Rotherham Titans
Leeds Carnegie v Bristol Rugby
Worcester Warriors v Moseley
Jersey RFC v Doncaster Knights
Plymouth Albion v Nottingham Rugby
Cornish Pirates v London Scottish

Round 3 – September 19/20/21
London Scottish v Bedford Blues
Rotherham Titans v Plymouth Albion
Nottingham Rugby v Jersey RFC
Doncaster Knights v Worcester Warriors
Moseley v Leeds Carnegie
Bristol Rugby v Cornish Pirates

Round 4 – September 26/27/28
Jersey RFC v Rotherham Titans
Plymouth Albion v Bedford Blues
Cornish Pirates v Moseley RFC
Leeds Carnegie v Doncaster Knights
Worcester Warriors v Nottingham Rugby
Bristol Rugby v London Scottish

Round 5 – October 3/4/5
London Scottish v Plymouth Albion
Bedford Blues v Jersey RFC
Rotherham Titans v Worcester Warriors
Nottingham Rugby v Leeds Carnegie
Doncaster Knights v Cornish Pirates
Moseley v Bristol Rugby

Championship XV fixture: Championship XV v Canada – Sunday, November 2

Round 6 – November 7/8/9
Leeds Carnegie v Rotherham Titans
Worcester Warriors v Bedford Blues
Jersey RFC v Plymouth Albion
Bristol Rugby v Doncaster Knights
Cornish Pirates v Nottingham Rugby
Moseley v London Scottish

Round 7 –  November 14/15/16
London Scottish v Jersey RFC
Plymouth Albion v Worcester Warriors
Bedford Blues v Leeds Carnegie
Rotherham Titans v Cornish Pirates
Nottingham Rugby v Bristol Rugby
Doncaster Knights v Moseley RFC

Round 8 – November 21/22/23
Bristol Rugby v Rotherham Titans
Cornish Pirates v Bedford Blues
Leeds Carnegie v Plymouth Albion
Worcester Warriors v Jersey RFC
Moseley RFC v Nottingham Rugby
Doncaster Knights v London Scottish

Round 9 – December 19/20/21
London Scottish v Worcester Warriors
Jersey RFC v Leeds Carnegie
Plymouth Albion v Cornish Pirates
Bedford Blues v Bristol Rugby
Rotherham Titans v Moseley
Nottingham Rugby v Doncaster Knights

Round 10 – January 2/3/4
Doncaster Knights v Rotherham Titans
Moseley v Bedford Blues
Bristol Rugby v Plymouth Albion
Cornish Pirates v Jersey RFC
Leeds Carnegie v Worcester Warriors
Nottingham Rugby v London Scottish

Round 11 – January 9/10/11
London Scottish v Leeds Carnegie
Worcester Warriors v Cornish Pirates
Jersey RFC v Bristol Rugby
Plymouth Albion v Moseley
Bedford Blues v Doncaster Knights
Rotherham Titans v Nottingham Rugby

Round 12 – January 16/17/18
Rotherham Titans v Bedford Blues
Nottingham Rugby v Plymouth Albion
Doncaster Knights v Jersey RFC
Moseley v Worcester Warriors
Bristol Rugby v Leeds Carnegie
London Scottish v Cornish Pirates

Round 13 – January 30/31/1
Plymouth Albion v Rotherham Titans
Cornish Pirates v Bristol Rugby
Leeds Carnegie v Moseley
Worcester Warriors v Doncaster Knights
Jersey RFC v Nottingham Rugby
Bedford Blues v London Scottish

Round 14 – February 6/7/8
Bedford Blues v Plymouth Albion
Rotherham Titans v Jersey RFC
Nottingham Rugby v Worcester Warriors
Doncaster Knights v Leeds Carnegie
Moseley v Cornish Pirates
London Scottish v Bristol Rugby

Round 15 – February 13/14/15
Worcester Warriors v Rotherham Titans
Jersey RFC v Bedford Blues
Bristol Rugby v Moseley
Cornish Pirates v Doncaster Knights
Leeds Carnegie v Nottingham Rugby
Plymouth Albion v London Scottish

Round 16 – February 20/21/22
Plymouth Albion v Jersey RFC
Bedford Blues v Worcester Warriors
Rotherham Titans v Leeds Carnegie
Nottingham Rugby v Cornish Pirates
Doncaster Knights v Bristol Rugby
London Scottish v Moseley

Round 17 – March 6/7/8
Cornish Pirates v Rotherham Titans
Leeds Carnegie v Bedford Blues
Worcester Warriors v Plymouth Albion
Moseley v Doncaster Knights
Bristol Rugby v Nottingham Rugby
Jersey RFC v London Scottish

Round 18 – March 20/21/22
Jersey RFC v Worcester Warriors
Plymouth Albion v Leeds Carnegie
Bedford Blues v Cornish Pirates
Rotherham Titans v Bristol Rugby
London Scottish v Doncaster Knights
Nottingham Rugby v Moseley

Round 19 – March 27/28/29
Moseley v Rotherham Titans
Bristol Rugby v Bedford Blues
Cornish Pirates v Plymouth Albion
Leeds Carnegie v Jersey RFC
Doncaster Knights v Nottingham Rugby
Worcester Warriors v London Scottish

Round 20 – April 10/11/12
Worcester Warriors v Leeds Carnegie
Jersey v Cornish Pirates
Plymouth Albion v Bristol Rugby
Bedford Blues v Moseley
Rotherham Titans v Doncaster Knights
London Scottish v Nottingham Rugby

Round 21 –  April 17/18/19
Nottingham Rugby v Rotherham Titans
Doncaster Knights v Bedford Blues
Moseley v Plymouth Albion
Bristol Rugby v Jersey RFC
Cornish Pirates v Worcester Warriors
Leeds Carnegie v London Scottish

Round 22 – Saturday, April 25
Leeds Carnegie v Cornish Pirates
Worcester Warriors v Bristol Rugby
Jersey RFC v Moseley
Plymouth Albion v Doncaster Knights
Bedford Blues v Nottingham Rugby
Rotherham Titans v London Scottish

Play-offs: May 1/2/3 and May 8/9/10
Finals: w/c May 11 and w/c May 18

 

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