New season's league fixtures are published25/06/2013
The RFU Championship fixtures for 2013/14 have been released.
Jersey will kick off the league campaign on neutral territory,
with a match against Plymouth Albion at Exeter
Chiefs' Sandy Park ground on the weekend of September 14/15. This
will be part of a trio of double header events to launch the
season. Each club will play a total of 23 league games, with 11
home and 11 away games to follow the launch weekend.
Round 1 - September 13/14/15 - Double Header Launch Weekend (days/ ko times tbc)
- Allianz Park (Saracens): Ealing Trailfinders v London Scottish, London Welsh v Bedford Blues
- Castle Park (Doncaster Knights): Moseley v Rotherham Titans, Nottingham Rugby v Leeds Carnegie
- Sandy Park (Exeter Chiefs): Plymouth Albion v Jersey, Cornish Pirates v Bristol Rugby
Jersey will then have successive home games, with
Bedford Blues and Bristol
visiting the Island on the remaining weekends of September. The
first away match follows, against Nottingham at
Meadow Lane, before the opening pair of British & Irish Cup
fixtures - the Cup draw will be announced at a future date.
The fixture list includes confirmation that the second tier of the English game is to be sponsored by the brewer Greene King and will now be known as the Greene King IPA Championship.
Among the other notable fixtures for Jersey are the renewal of rivalries with Ealing Trailfinders at the end of November, plus a first ever competitive encounter with London Welsh on the first weekend of 2014.
The 'regular season' of the Greene King IPA Championship will conclude for Jersey with an Easter weekend home game against London Scottish, followed by the return match against Bedford at Goldington Road.
Days of fixtures, and kick-off times
The fixtures are all scheduled for designated weekends, as shown below with a weekend (W/E) note and the Saturday date. Games may take place on Friday evening, Saturday, or Sunday, with the home club having the right to nominate their preferred day and time. Some fixtures may also be moved to accommodate live coverage on Sky Sports - Sky will also show matches from the launch weekend.
Although Jersey are likely to play the majority of their home fixtures in the Saturday afternoon slot, this remains to be confirmed, and there are likely to be exceptions to this rule. Away matches could take place on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Supporters should make allowances for the variation in kick-off times when booking travel, or wait for confirmation of exact times, which will be issued as soon as possible.
Fixtures for all clubs may be obtained from the official
Jersey RFC, 1st XV Fixtures 2013-14
Sat 24 Aug - Leicester Tigers (Home - Friendly)
Sat 31 Aug - Coventry (Home - Friendly)
W/E 7 Sep - Blank Weekend
W/E 14 Sep - Plymouth (at Sandy Park, Exeter)
W/E 21 Sep - Bedford (Home)
W/E 28 Sep - Bristol (Home)
W/E 5 Oct - Nottingham (Away)
W/E 12 Oct - British & Irish Cup
W/E 19 Oct - British & Irish Cup
W/E 26 Oct - Plymouth (Home)
W/E 2 Nov - Rotherham (Away)
W/E 9 Nov - London Scottish (Away)
W/E 16 Nov - Cornish Pirates (Home)
W/E 23 Nov - Leeds (Away)
W/E 30 Nov - Ealing (Home)
W/E 7 Dec - British & Irish Cup
W/E 14 Dec - British & Irish Cup
W/E 21 Dec - Moseley (Away)
W/E 28 Dec - Blank Weekend
W/E 4 Jan - London Welsh (Home)
W/E 11 Jan - British & Irish Cup
W/E 18 Jan - British & Irish Cup
W/E 25 Jan - Rotherham (Home)
W/E 1 Feb - Bristol (Away)
W/E 8 Feb - Nottingham (Home)
W/E 15 Feb - Plymouth (Away)
W/E 22 Feb - Blank Weekend
W/E 1 Mar - Cornish Pirates (Away)
W/E 8 Mar - Leeds (Home)
W/E 15 Mar - Blank Weekend
W/E 22 Mar - Ealing (Away)
W/E 29 Mar - Moseley (Home)
W/E 5 Apr - London Welsh (Away)
W/E 12 Apr - B&I Quarter-Finals
W/E 19 Apr - London Scottish (Home)
W/E 26 Apr - Bedford (Away)
* Semi-finals and final of B&I Cup, and play-offs for the top four teams in the Championship, take place May 3rd - June 4th inclusive.