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Fixtures for the 2021/22 RFU Championship season have been confirmed.
The competition will be played over 22 rounds, beginning on 18 September, with the final round scheduled for the weekend of 19-20 March next year.
The league will consist of 11 teams in the upcoming season after Saracens secured promotion back to the Premiership following a two-leg final against Ealing Trailfinders.
Cornish Pirates start their campaign with a home match against Richmond to be played on the weekend of Saturday 18th September, whilst on the same weekend London Scottish, who did not take part in the past season due to the pandemic, will also be at home against Jersey Reds.
A new title sponsor for the Championship is actively being sought as Greene King IPA’s sponsorship of the league finishes on 31 August 2021.
Championship chairman Steve Lloyd commenting on the new season said:
We’re delighted to be announcing a full list of fixtures after an atypical season due to the pandemic. I know clubs are delighted that they will be able to welcome fans back at full capacity next season.
RFU director of performance rugby Conor O’Shea added:
Clubs and the league’s organisers, did a brilliant job staging the Championship this season, given all the challenges presented by the pandemic. We’re all looking forward to the upcoming season and the fixtures comings out will provide a focus for clubs as they plan for their first games.
We are proud of our partnership with Greene King IPA which has been in place since June 2013. I’d like to thank them for their support of the Championship during this time as the first title partner of the league.
Conor also added:
Last season produced some fantastic performances and we’re all looking forward to more great rugby next season.
For more information visit www.championshiprugby.co.uk or @champrugby
Note: All chosen kick-off times and match dates to be agreed by the clubs will be announced as soon as practical after they have been officially confirmed. For the present, however, note weekend fixture dates for the Cornish Pirates are as follows:
Round 1 – Weekend 18th September 2021
Cornish Pirates v Richmond
Round 2 – Weekend 25th September 2021
Hartpury v Cornish Pirates
Round 3 – Weekend 2nd October 2021
Cornish Pirates v Ealing Trailfinders
Round 4 – Weekend 9th October 2021
Cornish Pirates – BYE
Weekend 16th October 2021 – A Reserve Weekend
Round 5 – Weekend 23rd October 2021
Nottingham v Cornish Pirates
Round 6 – Weekend 30th October 2021
Cornish Pirates v Coventry
Round 7 – Weekend 6th November 2021
London Scottish v Cornish Pirates
Weekend 13th November 2021 – A Reserve Weekend
Round 8 – Weekend 20th November 2021
Cornish Pirates v Bedford Blues
Round 9 – Weekend 27th November 2021
Jersey Reds v Cornish Pirates
Round 10 – Weekend 4th December 2021
Cornish Pirates v Doncaster Knights
Round 11 – Weekend 11th December 2021
Ampthill v Cornish Pirates
Round 12 – Weekend 18th December 2021
Richmond v Cornish Pirates
Round 13 – Weekend 25th December 2021
Cornish Pirates v Hartpury
Round 14 – Weekend 1st January 2022
Ealing Trailfinders v Cornish Pirates
Weekend 8th January 2022- No Rugby
Round 15 – Weekend 15th January 2022
Cornish Pirates – BYE
Round 16 – Weekend 22nd January 2022
Cornish Pirates v Nottingham
Round 17 – Weekend 29th January 2022
Coventry v Cornish Pirates
Weekend 5th February 2022 – A Reserve Weekend
Round 18 – Weekend 12th February 2022
Cornish Pirates v London Scottish
Round 19 – Weekend 19th February 2022
Bedford Blues v Cornish Pirates
Round 20 – Weekend 26th February 2022
Cornish Pirates v Jersey Reds
Weekend 5th March 2022 – A Reserve Weekend
Round 21 – Weekend 12th March 2022
Doncaster Knights v Cornish Pirates
Round 22 – Weekend 19th March 2022
Cornish Pirates v Ampthill
Weekend 26th March 2022 – A Reserve Weekend
Weekend 2nd April 2022 – Break Between League and Cup Fixtures
(Any postponed fixtures may be played over this weekend if required)
The Championship Cup will be played at the completion of the League, details of which will be announced in due course.
For regularly updated information please visit www.cornish-pirates.com
The Cornish Pirates can confirm that hooker Tom Channon is leaving the club to move to Melbourne in Australia with his partner Abbey.
Fixtures for the 2021/22 RFU Championship season have been confirmed. The competition will be played over 22 rounds, beginning on 18 September, with the final round scheduled for the weekend of 19-20 March next year.
A latest new squad member signed by the Cornish Pirates on a one-year contract is young backrower Bear Williams.