Carnegie first and last for 2016-17
Ealing Trailfinders will open and close their 2016-17 Greene King IPA Championship season against Yorkshire Carnegie.
Ben Ward’s team will start the season in front of their home fans at Vallis Way on Saturday 3 September and then travel to Headingley for the closing day of the season on 15 April.
“Although we have been back a few weeks, the announcement of the fixtures always provides players and supporters with excitement,” Director of Rugby Ben Ward said.
“There are some cracking fixtures and a number of London derbies that our supporters will be able to enjoy. Pre-season is going well and the fixtures give us even more focus as we head towards our pre-season games in August.”
The majority of home matches will kick off on Saturday at 3pm and there are four capital city derbies to enjoy against relegated London Irish, London Welsh, London Scottish and Richmond, who won the National 1 title.
London Welsh are the first to visit Vallis Way on 26 November and London Irish arrive early in the New Year for a match on 28 January. Richmond cross Kew Bridge on 18 February, while London Scottish are the last team to visit W13 for the penultimate round of matches on 8 April.
Cornish Pirates will provide the festive opposition on Christmas Eve, with a match that kicks off at 2pm, while old rivals Jersey Reds visit on 17 September kicks and fans will be hoping for a repeat of the 30-24 victory that secured their place in this season’s Championship.
Pirates will provide the opposition for the second weekend of the season, while Ealing Trailfinders take to the skies to visit Jersey on the final weekend of 2016.
Greene King IPA Championship fixtures 2016-17
Round 1 – 3 September - Ealing Trailfinders v Yorkshire Carnegie
Round 2 – 9/10/11 September - Cornish Pirates v Ealing Trailfinders
Round 3 – 17 September - Ealing Trailfinders v Jersey Reds (2pm)
Round 4 – 23/24/25 September - London Irish v Ealing Trailfinders
Round 5 – 1 October - Ealing Trailfinders v Doncaster Knights
Round 6 – 7/8/9 October - Richmond v Ealing Trailfinders
Round 7 – 29 October - Ealing Trailfinders v Bedford Blues
Round 8 – 5 November - Ealing Trailfinders v Rotherham Titans
Round 9 – 18/19/20 November - Nottingham v Ealing Trailfinders
Round 10 – 26 November - Ealing Trailfinders v London Welsh
Round 11 – 2/3/4 December - London Scottish v Ealing Trailfinders
Round 12 – 24 December - Ealing Trailfinders v Cornish Pirates (2pm)
Round 13 – 30/31/1 January - Jersey Reds v Ealing Trailfinders
Round 14 – 28 January - Ealing Trailfinders v London Irish
Round 15 – 3/4/5 February - Doncaster Knights v Ealing Trailfinders
Round 16 – 18 February - Ealing Trailfinders v Richmond
Round 17 – 24/25/26 February – Bedford Blues v Ealing Trailfinders
Round 18 – 3/4/5 March - Rotherham Titans v Ealing Trailfinders
Round 19 – 18 March - Ealing Trailfinders v Nottingham
Round 20 – 24/25/26 March - London Welsh v Ealing Trailfinders
Round 21 – 8 April - Ealing Trailfinders v London Scottish
Round 22 – 15 April - Yorkshire Carnegie v Ealing Trailfinders
Play off semi-final Leg 1 April 29
Play off semi-final Leg 2 May 6
Greene King IPA Championship Final Leg 1 w/c May 13
Greene King IPA Championship Final Leg 2 w/c May 20