Open main menu

The 2018–19 RFU Championship, known for sponsorship reasons as the Greene King IPA Championship, is the tenth season of the professionalised format of the RFU Championship, the second tier of the English rugby union league system run by the Rugby Football Union. It is contested by eleven English clubs and one from Jersey in the Channel Islands. The competition is sponsored by Greene King for a sixth successive season.[1] Clubs in the league also competed in the inaugural RFU Championship Cup.[2]

2018–19 Greene King IPA Championship
Countries England
 Jersey
Date31 August 2018 – 27 April 2019
ChampionsLondon Irish (2nd title)
Runners-upEaling Trailfinders
RelegatedRichmond
Matches played132
Attendance226,061
(average 1,713 per match)
Highest attendance10,106
London Irish v Doncaster Knights
23 March 2019
Lowest attendance602
Richmond v Hartpury
29 September 2018
Tries scored913
(average 6.9 per match)
Top point scorerCanada Shane O'Leary
(Nottingham)
186 points
Top try scorerEngland Dean Adamson
(Bedford Blues)
16 tries

On 19 April 2019 London Irish were declared champions with a round to go, following an emphatic win away against struggling Richmond, claiming promotion back to the Premiership for the 2019–20 season, in what was their second Championship title in three seasons.[3] The next day (20 April), Richmond were relegated following relegation rivals Hartpury's victory at home against London Scottish.[4] Richmond would drop to the 2019–20 National League 1.

Coventry havd the best campaign of a promoted club since the Championship's inception back in 2009–10 (regular season only), amassing 51 points on way to an 8th place finish - surpassing London Scottish's 45 point, 8th place finish back in 2011–12.

Contents

StructureEdit

The Championship's structure has all the teams playing each other on a home and away basis. The first placed team in the competition is promoted to the Premiership; providing that club's ground fulfills the Rugby Football Union's Minimum Standards Criteria[5] while the bottom side is relegated to National League 1. As part of an agreement with the RFU, each club will receive £530,000 funding.[6][7] The British and Irish Cup, which the RFU Championship clubs played in with Welsh and Irish clubs, was scrapped due to the Championship clubs withdrawing and is to be replaced by a new cup competition – the RFU Championship Cup.[8][9]

TeamsEdit

On 24 March 2018 Rotherham Titans were relegated with three games to go, after losing away to Jersey Reds. Despite seeing some improvements in the second half of the season, the Yorkshire club were easily the weakest side in the division, dropping to 2018–19 National League 1, the lowest level the club have played for fourteen seasons.[10] Promoted in their place were the winners of 2017–18 National League 1, Coventry, who return to the second tier for the first time since being relegated at the end of the 2009–10 season.[11]

On 7 April 2018 Bristol were crowned champions of the 2017–18 season with two games to go following title rivals Ealing Trailfinders defeat that day to Doncaster Knights. They were therefore promoted to Premiership Rugby.[12] In winning the championship Bristol also became the most decorated tier 2 side in English league history with four league titles to-date. They are replaced by London Irish who return to the Championship after just one year in the Premiership.[13]

TableEdit

2018–19 RFU Championship Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
C London Irish 22 20 0 2 835 340 495 18 1 99
2 Ealing Trailfinders 22 17 0 5 733 503 230 16 2 86
3 Bedford Blues 22 13 0 9 632 603 29 11 6 69
4 Jersey Reds 22 12 0 10 554 442 112 9 6 63
5 Cornish Pirates 22 10 0 12 556 507 49 12 7 59
6 Yorkshire Carnegie 22 11 0 11 475 549 -74 8 3 55
7 Nottingham 22 10 1 11 508 597 -89 7 3 52
8 Coventry 22 9 1 12 497 637 -140 7 6 51
9 London Scottish 22 8 0 14 468 616 -148 7 4 43
10 Doncaster Knights 22 8 0 14 546 617 -71 6 4 42
11 Hartpury College 22 7 0 15 415 634 -219 4 4 36
R Richmond 22 6 0 16 430 604 -174 4 5 33
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Pink background is the relegation place.
Updated: 21 April 2019
Source: "Greene King IPA Championship". England Rugby.

Fixtures & ResultsEdit

Fixtures for the season were announced by the RFU on 22 June 2018.

Round 1Edit

31 August 2018
19:45
Hartpury College 16 – 5 Yorkshire Carnegie
Report
Gillman's Ground
Attendance: 876
Referee: Andrew Jackson
1 September 2018
15:00
Coventry 20 – 15 Jersey Reds (1 BP)
Report
Butts Park Arena
Attendance: 2,003
Referee: Christophe Ridley
1 September 2018
15:00
Richmond 24 – 19 London Scottish (1 BP)
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,506
Referee: Simon Harding
1 September 2018
19:15
Ealing Trailfinders 7 – 20 London Irish
Report
Trailfinders Sports Ground
Attendance: 2,205
Referee: Luke Pearce
2 September 2018
14:30
(1 BP) Cornish Pirates 31 – 24 Doncaster Knights (1 BP)
Report
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 1,591
Referee: Tom Foley
2 September 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Nottingham 21 – 27 Bedford Blues
Report
Lady Bay Sports Ground
Attendance: 1,145
Referee: Matthew O’Grady

[14]


Round 2Edit

8 September 2018
14:30
Doncaster Knights 28 – 17 Hartpury College
Report
Castle Park
Attendance: 888
Referee: John Meridith
8 September 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Bedford Blues 26 – 22 Jersey Reds (1 BP)
Report
Goldington Road
Attendance: 2,364
Referee: Dean Richards
8 September 2018
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish 52 – 20 Nottingham
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 2,985
Referee: Sara Cox
8 September 2018
15:00
(2 BP) London Scottish 31 – 36 Ealing Trailfinders (1 BP)
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,065
Referee: Michael Hudson
9 September 2018
14:30
(1 BP) Cornish Pirates 35 – 10 Coventry
Report
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 1,648
Referee: Simon Harding
9 September 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Yorkshire Carnegie 24 – 7 Richmond
Report
Emerald Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 1,568
Referee: Greg Macdonald

[15]


Round 3Edit

14 September 2018
19:45
(1 BP) Nottingham 29 – 19 London Scottish
Report
Lady Bay Sports Ground
Attendance: 1,135
Referee: Greg MacDonald
15 September 2018
14:30
Hartpury College 17 – 46 Cornish Pirates (1 BP)
Report
Gillman's Ground
Attendance: 973
Referee: Michael Hudson
15 September 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Coventry 34 – 27 Bedford Blues (2 BP)
Report
Butts Park Arena
Attendance: 2,058
Referee: John Meredith
15 September 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Ealing Trailfinders 39 – 24 Yorkshire Carnegie
Report
Trailfinders Sports Ground
Attendance: 933
Referee: Matt O'Grady
15 September 2018
15:00
Richmond 17 – 28 Doncaster Knights
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 697
Referee: Dean Richards
  • Postponed. Game to be rescheduled for 3 November 2018.[16]

[17]


Round 4Edit

22 September 2018
14:00
London Scottish 27 – 24 Jersey Reds (2 BP)
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,022
Referee: Simon Harding
22 September 2018
14:30
Doncaster Knights 22 – 38 Ealing Trailfinders (1 BP)
Report
Castle Park
Attendance: 926
Referee: Matt Carley
22 September 2018
14:30
Hartpury College 23 – 17 Coventry (1 BP)
Report
Gillman's Ground
Attendance: 953
Referee: Neil Chivers
23 September 2018
14:30
(1 BP) Cornish Pirates 29 – 19 Richmond
Report
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 1,467
Referee: John Stephens
23 September 2018
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish 29 – 20 Bedford Blues
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 2,632[18]
Referee: Matthew O'Grady
23 September 2018
15:00
Yorkshire Carnegie 17 – 36 Nottingham (1 BP)
Report
Emerald Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 1,372
Referee: Dean Richards

[19]


Round 5Edit

28 September 2018
19:45
(1 BP) Jersey Reds 36 – 19 Yorkshire Carnegie
Report
Stade Santander International
Attendance: 1,103
Referee: Adam Leal
28 September 2018
19:45
Nottingham 20 – 15 Doncaster Knights (1 BP)
Report
Lady Bay Sports Ground
Attendance: 1,337
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
29 September 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Bedford Blues 23 – 26 London Scottish
Report
Goldington Road
Attendance: 2,221
Referee: Christophe Ridley
29 September 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Coventry 17 – 21 London Irish
Report
Butts Park Arena
Attendance: 2,943
Referee: Michael Hudson
29 September 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Ealing Trailfinders 41 – 35 Cornish Pirates (2 BP)
Report
Trailfinders Sports Ground
Attendance: 954
Referee: John Meredith
29 September 2018
15:00
(1BP) Richmond 38 – 12 Hartpury College
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 602
Referee: Hamish Smales

[20]


Round 6Edit

6 October 2018
14:30
Doncaster Knights 22 – 47 Jersey Reds (1 BP)
Report
Castle Park
Attendance: 996
Referee: John Meredith
6 October 2018
14:30
(1 BP) Hartpury College 25 – 32 Ealing Trailfinders (1 BP)
Report
Gillman's Ground
Attendance: 637
Referee: Michael Hudson
6 October 2018
15:00
Richmond 22 – 5 Coventry
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 693
Referee: Ian Tempest
7 October 2018
14:30
(1 BP) Cornish Pirates 36 – 28 Nottingham (2 BP)
Report
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 1,639
Referee: Sara Cox
7 October 2018
15:00
London Scottish 17 – 54 London Irish (1 BP)
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 2,321
Referee: Karl Dickson
7 October 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Yorkshire Carnegie 21 – 28 Bedford Blues
Report
Emerald Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 1,362
Referee: Greg MacDonald

[21]


Round 7Edit

13 October 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Bedford Blues 29 – 28 Doncaster Knights (2 BP)
Report
Goldington Road
Attendance: 2,671
Referee: Adam Leal
13 October 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Coventry 29 – 27 London Scottish (2 BP)
Report
Butts Park Arena
Attendance: 2,127
Referee: Hamish Smales
13 October 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Ealing Trailfinders 38 – 32 Richmond (2 BP)
Report
Trailfinders Sports Ground
Attendance: 912
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
13 October 2018
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish 72 – 5 Yorkshire Carnegie
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 2,947
Referee: John Meredith
13 October 2018
15:00
Jersey Reds 33 – 10 Cornish Pirates
Report
Stade Santander International
Attendance: 1,660
Referee: Neil Chivers
14 October 2018
15:00
Nottingham 26 – 7 Hartpury College
Report
Lady Bay Sports Ground
Attendance: 930

[22]


Round 8Edit

19 October 2018
20:00
Yorkshire Carnegie 5 – 17 London Scottish
Report
Emerald Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 1,720
Referee: Anthony Woodthorpe
20 October 2018
14:30
Doncaster Knights 17 - 26 London Irish (1 BP)
Report
Castle Park
Attendance: 1,279
Referee: Neil Chivers
20 October 2018
14:30
Hartpury College 14 – 52 Jersey Reds (1 BP)
Report
Gillman's Ground
Attendance: 793
Referee: George Selwood
20 October 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Ealing Trailfinders 60 – 25 Coventry (1 BP)
Report
Trailfinders Sports Ground
Attendance: 740
Referee: Ben Wilde
20 October 2018
15:00
Richmond 21 – 35 Nottingham (1 BP)
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 977
Referee: Matt Turvey
21 October 2018
14:30
(2 BP) Cornish Pirates 29 – 30 Bedford Blues
Report
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 1,703
Referee: Michael Hudson

[23]


Round 9Edit

26 October 2018
19:45
(1 BP) Nottingham 42 – 27 Ealing Trailfinders
Report
Lady Bay Sports Ground
Attendance: 1,397
Referee: Anthony Woodthorpe
27 October 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Bedford Blues 26 – 24 Hartpury College (2 BP)
Report
Goldington Road
Attendance: 1,988
Referee: Matthew Carley
27 October 2018
15:00
Coventry 20 – 15 Yorkshire Carnegie (1 BP)
Report
Butts Park Arena
Attendance: 1,999
Referee: Matt O'Grady
27 October 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Jersey Reds 28 – 21 Richmond (1 BP)
Report
Stade Santander International
Attendance: 1,418
Referee: Karl Dickson
27 October 2018
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish 38 – 29 Cornish Pirates (1 BP)
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 4,624
Referee: Ian Tempest
27 October 2018
15:00
(1 BP) London Scottish 20 – 36 Doncaster Knights (1 BP)
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,230
Referee: Hamish Smales

[24]


Round 3 (rescheduled game)Edit

3 November 2018
14:00
Jersey Reds 17 – 14 London Irish (1BP)
Report
Stade Santander International
Attendance: 2,515
Referee: Luke Pearce
  • Game rescheduled from 16 September 2018.

[25]


Round 10Edit

22 December 2018
14:00
Ealing Trailfinders 19 – 14 Jersey Reds (1 BP)
Report
Trailfinders Sports Ground
Attendance: 1,114
Referee: Anthony Woodthorpe
22 December 2018
15:15
Richmond 11 – 27 Bedford Blues
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 2,098
Referee: Simon Harding
23 December 2018
15:00
Nottingham 15 – 15 Coventry
Report
Lady Bay Sports Ground
Attendance: 1,515
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
28 December 2018
19:45
Hartpury College 5–38 London Irish (1 BP)
Report
Gillman's Ground
Attendance: 1,531
Referee: Greg MacDonald
29 December 2018
14:30
Doncaster Knights 22–30 Yorkshire Carnegie (1 BP)
Report
Castle Park
Attendance: 2,006
Referee: Michael Hudson
30 December 2018
14:30
(1 BP) Cornish Pirates 27–0 London Scottish
Report
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 2,963
Referee: Dean Richards

[26][27]


Round 11Edit

11 January 2019
19:45
London Scottish 25 – 8 Hartpury College
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,111
Referee: Simon Harding
12 January 2019
15:00
Bedford Blues 23 – 18 Ealing Trailfinders (1 BP)
Report
Goldington Road
Attendance: 2,392
Referee: Michael Hudson
12 January 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Coventry 17 – 23 Doncaster Knights
Report
Butts Park Arena
Attendance: 2,147
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
12 January 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Jersey Reds 41 – 16 Nottingham
Report
Stade Santander International
Attendance: 1,337
Referee: Dean Richards
13 January 2019
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish 47 – 12 Richmond
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 3,002
Referee: Neil Chivers
13 January 2019
15:00
Yorkshire Carnegie 18 – 12 Cornish Pirates (1 BP)
Report
Emerald Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 1,637
Referee: Matthew O'Grady

[28]


Round 12Edit

18 January 2019
19:45
(2 BP) Nottingham 29 – 35 London Irish (1 BP)
Report
Lady Bay Sports Ground
Attendance: 1,576
Referee: Matthew O'Grady
19 January 2019
14:00
(1 BP) Jersey Reds 29 – 13 Bedford Blues
Report
Stade Santander International
Attendance: 1,579
Referee: Sara Cox
19 January 2019
14:30
Hartpury College 21 – 48 Doncaster Knights (1 BP)
Report
Gillman's Ground
Attendance: 957
Referee: Michael Hudson
19 January 2019
15:00
Coventry 18 – 17 Cornish Pirates (1 BP)
Report
Butts Park Arena
Attendance: 2,273
Referee: Neil Chivers
19 January 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Ealing Trailfinders 34 – 26 London Scottish (1 BP)
Report
Trailfinders Sports Ground
Attendance: 782
Referee: John Meredith
19 January 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Richmond 16 – 22 Yorkshire Carnegie
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,015
Referee: Fergus Kirby

[29]


Round 13Edit

26 January 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Doncaster Knights 34 – 7 Richmond
Report
Castle Park
Attendance: 868
Referee: Andrew Jackson
26 January 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Bedford Blues 53 – 52 Coventry (2 BP)
Report
Goldington Road
Attendance: 2,787
Referee: JP Doyle
26 January 2019
15:00
(1 BP) London Scottish 31 – 10 Nottingham
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,271
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
27 January 2019
13:45
(1 BP) London Irish 27 – 3 Jersey Reds
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 3,058
Referee: Ian Tempest
27 January 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Cornish Pirates 41 – 24 Hartpury College
Report
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 1,448
Referee: Tom Foley
27 January 2019
15:00
Yorkshire Carnegie 7 – 29 Ealing Trailfinders (1 BP)
Report
Emerald Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 1,490
Referee: Greg Macdonald

[30]


Round 14Edit

8 February 2019
19:45
Nottingham 15 – 33 Yorkshire Carnegie (1 BP)
Report
Lady Bay Sports Ground
Attendance: 1,124
Referee: Sara Cox
9 February 2019
14:00
Jersey Reds 14 – 24 London Scottish
Report
Stade Santander International
Attendance: 1,034
Referee: Adam Leal
9 February 2019
15:00
Bedford Blues 23 – 26 London Irish (1 BP)
Report
Goldington Road
Attendance: 2,851
Referee: Tom Foley
9 February 2019
15:00
Coventry 24 – 17 Hartpury College (1 BP)
Report
Butts Park Arena
Attendance: 2,098
Referee: JP Doyle
9 February 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Ealing Trailfinders 33 – 24 Doncaster Knights
Report
Trailfinders Sports Ground
Attendance: 685
Referee: Karl Dickson
9 February 2019
15:00
Richmond 10 – 23 Cornish Pirates (1 BP)
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,175
Referee: Greg MacDonald

[31]


Round 15Edit

15 February 2019
19:45
(1 BP) Hartpury College 36 – 12 Richmond
Report
Gillman's Ground
Attendance: 1,011
Referee: Andrew Jackson
16 February 2019
14:30
Cornish Pirates 8 – 28 Ealing Trailfinders (1 BP)
Report
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 1,629
Referee: Michael Hudson
16 February 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Doncaster Knights 23 – 25 Nottingham
Report
Castle Park
Attendance: 1,347
Referee: Simon Harding
16 February 2019
14:45
(1 BP) London Irish 52 – 22 Coventry
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 2,666
Referee: Alivereti Veitokani
16 February 2019
15:00
London Scottish 17 – 36 Bedford Blues (1 BP)
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,438
Referee: Sara Cox
17 February 2019
15:00
Yorkshire Carnegie 10–28 Jersey Reds
Report
Emerald Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 1,726
Referee: Matthew O'Grady

[32]


Round 16Edit

1 March 2019
19:45
(2 BP) Bedford Blues 44 – 45 Yorkshire Carnegie (1 BP)
Report
Goldington Road
Attendance: 2,356
Referee: Matt Turvey
1 March 2019
19:45
(1 BP) Jersey Reds 41 – 21 Doncaster Knights
Report
Stade Santander International
Attendance: 1,722
Referee: Neil Chivers
1 March 2019
19:45
Nottingham 20 – 18 Cornish Pirates (1 BP)
Report
Lady Bay Sports Ground
Attendance: 1,190
Referee: Andrew Jackson
2 March 2019
15:00
Coventry 20 – 16 Richmond (1 BP)
Report
Butts Park Arena
Attendance: 2,409
Referee: Christophe Ridley
2 March 2019
15:00
Ealing Trailfinders 22 – 14 Hartpury College
Report
Trailfinders Sports Ground
Attendance: 707
Referee: Sara Cox
2 March 2019
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish 52 – 21 London Scottish
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 2,067
Referee: Greg Macdonald

[33]


Round 17Edit

8 March 2019
19:45
Hartpury College 21 – 20 Nottingham (1 BP)
Report
Gillman's Ground
Attendance: 835
Referee: Hamish Smales
8 March 2019
19:45
London Scottish 15 – 14 Coventry (1 BP)
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,155
Referee: Matt Turvey
9 March 2019
14:00
Richmond 24 – 22 Ealing Trailfinders (2 BP)
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 998
Referee: Simon Harding
9 March 2019
14:30
Doncaster Knights 27 – 20 Bedford Blues (1 BP)
Report
Castle Park
Attendance: 1,004
Referee: Anthony Woodthorpe
10 March 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Cornish Pirates 7 – 8 Jersey Reds
Report
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 1,547
Referee: Dean Richards
10 March 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Yorkshire Carnegie 26 – 12 London Irish
Report
Emerald Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 1,670
Referee: Jack Makepeace

[34]


Round 18Edit

23 March 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Bedford Blues 32 – 14 Cornish Pirates
Report
Goldington Road
Attendance: 2,862
Referee: Michael Hudson
23 March 2019
15:00
Coventry 20 – 61 Ealing Trailfinders (1 BP)
Report
Butts Park Arena
Attendance: 2,522
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
23 March 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Jersey Reds 7 – 10 Hartpury College
Report
Stade Santander International
Attendance: 1,611
Referee: Andrew Jackson
23 March 2019
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish 49 – 12 Doncaster Knights
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 10,106
Referee: Dean Richards
23 March 2019
15:00
London Scottish 20 – 42 Yorkshire Carnegie (1 BP)
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,151
Referee: Neil Chivers
24 March 2019
15:00
Nottingham 13 – 35 Richmond (1 BP)
Report
Lady Bay Sports Ground
Attendance: 1,216
Referee: Greg MacDonald[35]

[36]


Round 19Edit

30 March 2019
14:15
Richmond 17 – 38 Jersey Reds (1 BP)
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 822
Referee: Hamish Smales
30 March 2019
14:30
Cornish Pirates 7 – 35 London Irish (1 BP)
Report
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 2,722
Referee: JP Doyle
30 March 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Doncaster Knights 28 – 21 London Scottish (1 BP)
Report
Castle Park
Attendance: 1,309
Referee: John Meredith
30 March 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Hartpury College 28 – 26 Bedford Blues (2 BP)
Report
Gillman's Ground
Attendance: 895
Referee: Adam Leal
30 March 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Ealing Trailfinders 35 – 19 Nottingham
Report
Trailfinders Sports Ground
Attendance: 731
Referee: Fergus Kirby
31 March 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Yorkshire Carnegie 35 – 10 Coventry
Report
Emerald Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 1,271
Referee: Simon Harding

[37]


Round 20Edit

13 April 2019
14:00
Jersey Reds 14 – 45 Ealing Trailfinders (1 BP)
Report
Stade Santander International
Attendance: 1,806
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
13 April 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Bedford Blues 41 – 35 Richmond (2 BP)
Report
Goldington Road
Attendance: 2,436
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
13 April 2019
15:00
(2 BP) Coventry 31 – 32 Nottingham (1 BP)
Report
Butts Park Arena
Attendance: 2,802
Referee: Alex Thomas
13 April 2019
15:00
(1 BP) London Scottish 26 – 22 Cornish Pirates (1 BP)
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,184
Referee: Andrew Jackson
14 April 2019
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish 57 – 12 Hartpury College
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 2,318
Referee: Matthew O’Grady
14 April 2019
15:00
Yorkshire Carnegie 21 – 12 Doncaster Knights
Report
Emerald Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 1,283
Referee: Karl Dickson

[38]


Round 21Edit

19 April 2019
15:00
Richmond 7 – 46 London Irish (1 BP)
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 2,743
Referee: Karl Dickson
  • London Irish are champions.[3] Richmond are relegated following Hartpury's victory on 20 April.[4]
19 April 2019
19:45
Nottingham 24 – 20 Jersey Reds (1 BP)
Report
Lady Bay Sports Ground
Attendance: 1,307
Referee: Ian Tempest
20 April 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Doncaster Knights 33 – 41 Coventry (1 BP)
Report
Castle Park
Attendance: 1,073
Referee: Neil Chivers
20 April 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Hartpury College 43 – 22 London Scottish (1 BP)
Gillman's Ground
Attendance: 1,291
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
20 April 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Ealing Trailfinders 54 – 21 Bedford Blues
Report
Trailfinders Sports Ground
Attendance: 1,636
Referee: Dean Richards
21 April 2019
14:30
Cornish Pirates 33 – 29 Yorkshire Carnegie (2 BP)
Report
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 1,833
Referee: Matt Turvey

[39]


Round 22Edit

27 April 2019
14:30
Doncaster Knights 19 – 46 Cornish Pirates (1 BP)
Report
Castle Park
Attendance: 1,065
Referee: Ian Tempest
27 April 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Bedford Blues 38 – 13 Nottingham
Report
Goldington Road
Attendance: 2,872
Referee: Greg MacDonald
27 April 2019
15:00
Jersey Reds 23 – 36 Coventry (1 BP)
Report
Stade Santander International
Attendance: 2,155
Referee: Matt Turvey
27 April 2019
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish 33 – 12 Ealing Trailfinders
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 5,070
Referee: Christophe Ridley
27 April 2019
15:00
London Scottish 17 – 27 Richmond
Report
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 2,158
Referee: Fergus Kirby
27 April 2019
15:00
Yorkshire Carnegie 22 – 21 Hartpury College (1 BP)
Report
Emerald Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 960
Referee: Andrew Jackson

[40]

AttendancesEdit

Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Bedford Blues 11 27,800 2,527 2,872 1,988 42%
Cornish Pirates 11 20,190 1,835 2,963 1,448 46%
Coventry 11 25,381 2,307 2,943 1,999 58%
Doncaster Knights 11 12,761 1,160 2,006 868 23%
Ealing Trailfinders 11 11,399 1,036 2,205 685 32%
Hartpury College 11 10,752 977 1,531 637 49%
Jersey Reds 11 17,940 1,631 2,515 1,034 41%
London Irish 11 41,475 3,770 10,106 2,067 16%
London Scottish 11 15,106 1,373 2,321 1,022 31%
Nottingham 11 13,872 1,261 1,576 930 42%
Richmond 11 13,326 1,211 2,743 602 27%
Yorkshire Carnegie 11 16,059 1,460 1,726 960 7%

[41]

Individual statisticsEdit

  • Note that points scorers includes tries as well as conversions, penalties and drop goals. Appearance figures also include coming on as substitutes (unused substitutes not included).

Season recordsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Trailfinders Sports Ground capacity raised from 3,020 (1,200 seats) to 4,000 (2,200 seats) on 3 February 2019.
  2. ^ Although Madejski's full capacity is 24,161, for most matches only the West Stand will be open with capacity of 7,579.
  3. ^ Jersey Reds' round 3 home game against London Irish was re-scheduled to 3 November due to its proximity to Jersey International Air Display making availability of air transport and accommodation difficult.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Greene King to be title sponsors of RFU Championship". The Rugby Paper. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Championship Cup competition announced". RFU. 22 June 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "London Irish: Club secure Championship title and promotion with win at Richmond". BBC Sport. 19 April 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Pack power gets Hartpury across the line to safety". The RUGBYPaper (553). Rugby Paper Ltd. 21 April 2019. p. 22.
  5. ^ "Premiership: RFU Championship promotion play-off scrapped". BBC Sport. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  6. ^ Last Updated: 03/03/17 5:43pm. "Championship play-offs to be scrapped with top team promoted automatically". Sky Sports. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  7. ^ "'The RFU Championship has become the wild west of professional rugby'". The Guardian. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Indy exclusive: British and Irish Cup to be binned and replaced with a new cup". Independent. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  9. ^ "British and Irish Cup to be scrapped as English Championship clubs withdraw". BBC Sport. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Titans officially relegated after defeat". Rotherham Advertiser. 24 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Coventry defeat Caldy to claim National League one title and secure Championship rugby next season". Coventry Telegraph. 17 March 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Champions! Bristol Rugby win promotion to the Aviva Premiership". Bristol Post. 7 April 2018.
  13. ^ "London Irish relegated from Premiership after one season back in top flight". BBC Sport. 28 April 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  14. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (520). Rugby Paper Ltd. 2 September 2018. pp. 26–27 & 40.
  15. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (521). Rugby Paper Ltd. 9 September 2018. pp. 26–27 & 38.
  16. ^ a b "Reds confirm home fixture dates". Jersey Reds. Jersey Reds. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  17. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (522). Rugby Paper Ltd. 16 September 2018. pp. 28–29 & 37.
  18. ^ "London Irish VS Bedford Blues". Rugby Statbunker. 23 September 2018.
  19. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (523). Rugby Paper Ltd. 23 September 2018. pp. 26–27 & 38.
  20. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (524). Rugby Paper Ltd. 30 September 2018. pp. 26–27 & 38.
  21. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (525). Rugby Paper Ltd. 8 October 2018. pp. 28–29 & 38.
  22. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (526). Rugby Paper Ltd. 14 October 2018. pp. 30–31 & 40.
  23. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (527). Rugby Paper Ltd. 21 October 2018. pp. 28–29 & 40.
  24. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (528). Rugby Paper Ltd. 28 October 2018. pp. 27–29 & 38.
  25. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (529). Rugby Paper Ltd. 4 November 2018. pp. 28 & 38.
  26. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (536). Rugby Paper Ltd. 23 December 2018. pp. 24–25 & 34.
  27. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (537). Rugby Paper Ltd. 30 December 2018. pp. 22–23 & 26.
  28. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (539). Rugby Paper Ltd. 13 January 2019. pp. 26–27 & 38.
  29. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (540). Rugby Paper Ltd. 20 January 2019. pp. 26–28 & 38.
  30. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (541). Rugby Paper Ltd. 27 January 2019. pp. 14–15 & 40.
  31. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (543). Rugby Paper Ltd. 10 February 2019. pp. 26–27 & 38.
  32. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (544). Rugby Paper Ltd. 17 February 2019. pp. 28–29 & 38.
  33. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (546). Rugby Paper Ltd. 3 March 2019. pp. 28–29 & 38.
  34. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (547). Rugby Paper Ltd. 10 March 2019. pp. 28–29 & 38.
  35. ^ "Weekend referees, ARs and TMOs – 22-24 March". RugbyReferee.net. 21 March 2019.
  36. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (549). Rugby Paper Ltd. 24 March 2019. pp. 28–29 & 46.
  37. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (550). Rugby Paper Ltd. 31 March 2019. pp. 16–17 & 30.
  38. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (552). Rugby Paper Ltd. 14 April 2019. pp. 28–29 & 38.
  39. ^ "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (553). Rugby Paper Ltd. 21 April 2019. pp. 22–23 & 26.
  40. ^ a b c "RFU Championship". The RUGBYPaper (554). Rugby Paper Ltd. 28 April 2019. pp. 24–25 & 34.
  41. ^ a b "Championship 18/19 Home attendances". Rugby Statbunker. 27 April 2019.
  42. ^ "Championship 18/19 Leading top scorers". Rugby Statbunker. 27 April 2019.
  43. ^ "Championship 18/19 Leading try scorers". Rugby Statbunker. 27 April 2019.
  44. ^ "Championship 18/19 Most tries in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 21 April 2019.
  45. ^ "Championship 18/19 Most conversions in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 21 April 2019.
  46. ^ "Championship 18/19 Most penalties in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 21 April 2019.
  47. ^ "Championship 18/19 Most drop goals in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 21 April 2019.
  48. ^ "Championship 18/19 Most points in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 21 April 2019.
  49. ^ "Championship 18/19 Most tries in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 21 April 2019.
  50. ^ "Championship 18/19 Most conversions in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 21 April 2019.
  51. ^ "Championship 18/19 Most penalties in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 21 April 2019.
  52. ^ "Championship 18/19 Most drop goals in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 21 April 2019.