Double header festival set to kick off Greene King IPAs 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.”

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

Rotherham Titans v Ealing Trailfinders

Round 3 – September 27/28/29

Moseley v Rotherham Titans

Round 4 – October 4/5/6

Rotherham Titans v London Welsh

Round 5 – October 25/26/27

London Scottish v Rotherham Titans

Round 6 – November 1/2/3

Rotherham Titans v Jersey RFC

Round 7 – November 8/9/10

Leeds Carnegie v Rotherham Titans

Round 8 – November 15/16/17

Bristol Rugby v Rotherham Titans

Round 9 – November 22/23/24

Rotherham Titans v Nottingham Rugby

Round 10 – November/December 29/30/1

Plymouth Albion v Rotherham Titans

Round 11 – December 20/21/22

Rotherham Titans v Bedford Blues

Round 12 – January 3/4/5

Rotherham Titans v Cornish Pirates

Round 13 – January 24/25/26

Jersey RFC v Rotherham Titans

Round 14 – January/February 31/1/2

Rotherham Titans v Moseley

Round 15 – February 7/8/9

London Welsh v Rotherham Titans

Round 16 – February 14/15/16

Rotherham Titans v London Scottish

Round 17 – February/March 28/1/2

Rotherham Titans v Bristol Rugby

Round 18 – March 7/8/9

Nottingham Rugby v Rotherham Titans

Round 19 – March 21/22/23

Rotherham Titans v Plymouth Albion

Round 20 – March 28/29/30

Bedford Blues v Rotherham Titans

Round 21 – April 4/5/6

Cornish Pirates v Rotherham Titans

Round 22 – April 18/19/20

Rotherham Titans v Leeds Carnegie

Round 23 – April 25/26

Ealing Trailfinders v Rotherham Titans

Semi-finals –May 9/10/11th and May 16/17/18

Finals – Thursday May 29 and Wednesday June 4

Confirmed match days and kick-off times will be announced in due course.