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23/24 Fixtures Announced

Posted: June 29, 2023
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Fixtures for the 2023-24 RFU Championship league season have been confirmed.

The league competition will be played over 22 rounds, beginning over the weekend of 20-22 October, with the final round scheduled for the weekend of 24-26 May next year. A two-leg play-off for promotion to the Premiership will then take place on the weekends of 31 May-2 June and 7-9 June between the top placed team in the Championship (provided it meets the minimum standards criteria) and the last placed team in the Premiership.

The league will consist of 12 teams in the upcoming season after Cambridge RUFC secured promotion to the Championship for topping National 1.
2022-23 season league winners Jersey Reds kick off their first match at home to Coventry and newcomers Cambridge take on Ampthill away in their first-round game. Ealing Trailfinders who finished second in the league last season, play Bedford at Goldington Road, while elsewhere in the competition Doncaster Knights face Hartpury at home, Caldy play Nottingham at Paton Field and London Scottish travel to the South-West to face Cornish Pirates.
The pool stages of the Premiership Cup, in which Championship sides will play this season, will kick off the season starting on the weekend of 8-10 September with the semi-finals held between 16-18 February and the final over the weekend of 15-17 March. The fixture details for the Cup will be announced soon.
RFU director of performance rugby Conor O’Shea added: “The 2022-23 season finale went down the wire with only two points ultimately separating the top two teams in the table, showcasing the drama of the Championship, and we can expect more of the same in the upcoming season.

“We’re really pleased to welcome Cambridge, who had a fantastic season in National 1, and will be a great addition to the Championship.”

Championship committee chairman, Simon Halliday, said: “This is a hugely important year for all Championship clubs, and I wish each of them the very best for the coming season.

“I would particularly like to welcome Cambridge who achieved a wonderful promotion and I know that they will add greatly to the league as did Caldy last year.
“As the incoming chairman I look forward to helping build on the work already done as the English game looks towards the future and a sustainable recovery.”

To see the full RFU Championship fixture list click here. [link to fixtures on ER.com]
For more information visit www.championshiprugby.co.uk or @champrugby

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


The Fixture List, as it presently stands, for Friendly, Premiership Cup and Championship League home and away games is as below.

It is important to note that it is only a general guide.

An official update to provide further information on the Cup Fixtures is awaited, whilst the Cornish Pirates have at present just chosen the days when they expect to play their home league games. News will follow from opposition teams with their choice of weekend dates (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday), as will kick-off times for all matches to be played.


Friendly 1 – Saturday 19th August

Cornish Pirates v Plymouth Albion – ko 2.30pm

Friendly 2 – Saturday 26th August

Plymouth Albion v Cornish Pirates – ko 3pm


Cup Round 1 – weekend Saturday 9th September


Cup Round 2 – weekend Saturday 16th September


Cup Round 3 – weekend Saturday 23rd September


Cup Round 4 – weekend Saturday 30th September


Cup Round 5 – weekend Saturday 7th October


League Round 1 – Saturday 21st October

Cornish Pirates v London Scottish – ko TBC


League Round 2 – Saturday 28th October

Cornish Pirates v Bedford Blues – ko TBC


League Round 3 – weekend Saturday 4th November

Jersey Reds v Cornish Pirates – ko TBC


Weekend 11th November – A ‘Reserve’ Weekend


Round 4 – Saturday 18th November

Cornish Pirates v Caldy – ko TBC


Round 5 – weekend Saturday 25th November

Ampthill v Cornish Pirates – ko TBC


Round 6 – Sunday 3rd December

Cornish Pirates v Doncaster Knights – ko TBC


Weekend 9th December – A ‘Reserve’ Weekend


Round 7 – weekend Saturday 16th December

Ealing Trailfinders v Cornish Pirates – ko TBC


Round 8 – Saturday 23rd December

Cornish Pirates v Hartpury – ko TBC


Weekend 30th December – A Free Weekend


Weekend 6th January – A ‘No Rugby’ Weekend


Round 9 – weekend Saturday 13th January

Cambridge v Cornish Pirates – ko TBC


Round 10 – Saturday 20th January

Cornish Pirates v Nottingham – ko TBC


Round 11 – weekend Saturday 27th January

Coventry v Cornish Pirates – ko TBC


Round 12 – weekend Saturday 3rd February

Bedford Blues v Cornish Pirates – ko TBC


Weekend 10th February – A ‘Reserve’ Weekend


Saturday 17th February – Cup Semi-Final


Round 13 – Friday 23rd February

Cornish Pirates v Jersey Reds – ko TBC


Round 14 – weekend Saturday 2nd March

Caldy v Cornish Pirates – ko TBC


Round 15 – Sunday 10th March

Cornish Pirates v Ampthill – ko TBC


Weekend 16th March – Cup Final


Round 16 – weekend Saturday 23rd March

Doncaster Knights v Cornish Pirates – ko TBC


Weekend 30th March – A ‘No Rugby’ Weekend


Round 17 – Friday 5th April

Cornish Pirates v Ealing Trailfinders – ko TBC


Round 18 – weekend Saturday 13th April

Hartpury v Cornish Pirates – ko TBC


Round 19 – Sunday 21st April

Cornish Pirates v Cambridge – ko TBC


Weekend 27th April – A ‘Reserve’ Weekend


Round 20 – weekend Saturday 4th May

Nottingham v Cornish Pirates – ko TBC


Round 21 – Saturday 11th May

Cornish Pirates v Coventry – ko TBC


Weekend 18th May – A ‘Reserve’ Weekend


Round 22 – weekend Saturday 25th May

London Scottish v Cornish Pirates – ko TBC


Weekend 1st June – Play-Off (1st Leg)

Weekend 8th June – Play-Off (2nd Leg)


For regularly updated information please visit www.cornish-pirates.com