2020–21 RFU Championship

The 2020–21 RFU Championship, will be the twelfth season of the RFU Championship, the professional second tier of rugby union in England. It features eleven English teams and one from Jersey.

2020–21 Greene King IPA Championship
Countries England
 Jersey
Date4 September 2020 - 8 May 2021 (tentative)
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StructureEdit

The playoff system to determine which team gets promoted to Premiership Rugby may return this season after being scrapped for three seasons. Promotion is subject to the club meeting the RFU Minimum Standards Criteria. The team that finishes last will be relegated to National League 1.


RFU Funding ChangeEdit

Each club will receive approximately £375,000 in funding from the RFU in a return to the level of funding provided prior to 2016–17 season.[1][2]

Following news of the funding change, several clubs announced their intention to switch to a semi-professional business model.[3][4]

TeamsEdit

Yorkshire Carnegie were relegated to National League 1 after finishing bottom of the 2019-20 RFU Championship. They are replaced by Richmond who were promoted from 2019-20 National League 1 after just one year away from the Championship. Newcastle Falcons were promoted back to Premiership Rugby at the first attempt.[1] They are replaced in the RFU Championship by Saracens who were relegated after finishing bottom of the 2019-20 Premiership Rugby table due to several points deductions throughout the season.[5][6]

TableEdit

2020–21 RFU Championship Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Tries for Tries against Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Ampthill 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Bedford Blues 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Cornish Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Coventry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Doncaster Knights 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Ealing Trailfinders 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Hartpury University 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Jersey Reds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 London Scottish 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Nottingham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Richmond 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Saracens 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • 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.
Source: "Greene King IPA Championship". England Rugby.

Fixtures & ResultsEdit

AttendancesEdit

Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Ampthill 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bedford Blues 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cornish Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coventry 0 0 0 0 0 0
Doncaster Knights 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ealing Trailfinders 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hartpury 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jersey Reds 0 0 0 0 0 0
London Scottish 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nottingham 0 0 0 0 0 0
Richmond 0 0 0 0 0 0
Saracens 0 0 0 0 0 0

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. ^ Goldington Road's capacity down from 6,000 to 5,000.
  2. ^ Saracens will also play a home game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Update on RFU Funding of Greene King IPA Championship". Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  2. ^ "Update on RFU Funding of Greene King IPA Championship". Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  3. ^ "RFU funding cut update". London Scottish Rugby. 2020-02-28. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  4. ^ "PLANNING FOR NEXT SEASON". Nottingham Rugby. 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  5. ^ "Saracens relegated from Premiership at end of 2019-20 season for salary cap breaches". 2020-01-19. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  6. ^ "Saracens: Edward Griffiths resigns as interim CEO as club docked further 70 points". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.