Rotherham first up for Championship return
Ealing Trailfinders begin their return to the Greene King IPA Championship away to Rotherham Titans, the last side they played in the second tier of English rugby.
Rotherham’s 36-29 win at Vallis Way in April 2013 meant Ealing Trailfinders’ were relegated back to National 1 by one point from Jersey and the sides will meet again in South Yorkshire on the weekend of 4/5/6 September.
The side then close out the season at Vallis Way on 23 April, 2016.
With 11 matches home and away and six group matches in the British and Irish Cup there will be plenty of entertainment on offer for Ealing Trailfinders fans in the coming season.
The first home match takes place on Saturday 12 September and it will be a London derby as London Scottish cross Kew Bridge to W13. With local bragging rights on offer and five former Exiles’ in the Ealing Trailfinders squad – Adam Preocanin, Andy Reay, James Love, Paul Spivey and Jamie Kilbane – it is sure to be a humdinger.
The sides then meet for the return match at the Athletic Ground in Richmond for a Christmas cracker over the Boxing Day weekend.
Ben Ward’s side face their fellow Exiles, London Welsh in a Firework’s Weekend sparkler on 7 November and then host the side relegated from the Premiership on Saturday 26 March.
Bristol Rugby head to Vallis way on Saturday 10 October fresh from having lost the Championship promotion play-off. The team then head down the M4 for a pre-Valentine’s day encounter on 13 February.
Old rivals Jersey welcome the side to the Channel Islands over the weekend of 4/5/6 December and the Islanders then travel to the capital for the penultimate match on 16 April.
Prior to the start of the 2015-16 season Ealing Trailfinders will play three pre-season friendlies; away to Pontypridd on 15 August, away to Hartpury College on 22 August and away to Coventry on 29 August.
Home matches will take place at 3pm on Saturdays and the times and dates of the away fixtures and the six British and Irish Cup matches will be confirmed in due course.
Ealing Trailfinders, Fixtures 2015-16
15 August Pontypridd Away (Pre-season friendly)
22 August Hartpury College Away (Pre-season friendly)
29 August Coventry Away (Pre-season friendly)
4/5/6 Sep Rotherham Titans Away
12 September London Scottish Home
20 September Yorkshire Carnegie Away
26 September Cornish Pirates Home
3 October Doncaster Knights Away
10 October Bristol Rugby Home
16/17/18 Oct Moseley Away
24 October Bedford Blues Home
6/7/8 Nov London Welsh Away
12/13/14 Nov B&I Cup
20/21/22 Nov B&I Cup
28 Nov Nottingham Home
4/5/6 December Jersey Away
11/12/13 Dec B&I Cup
18/19/20 Dec B&I Cup
26/27 December London Scottish Away
2 January Yorkshire Carnegie Home
15/16/17 Jan B&I Cup
22/23/24 Jan B&I Cup
29/30/31 Jan Cornish Pirates Away
6 February Doncaster Knights Home
12/13/14 Feb Bristol Rugby Away
27 February Moseley Home
4/5/6 March Bedford Blues Away
26 March London Welsh Home
1/2/3 April Nottingham Away
16 April Jersey Home
23 April Rotherham Titans Home