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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote corporalcarrot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 2019 at 09:25
More likely Charter plane to Newquay which Jersey have done for a few years.
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Originally posted by JonDee JonDee wrote:

Originally posted by castleparknight castleparknight wrote:

Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Originally posted by No 7 No 7 wrote:

Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

I am liking the Cup coming first. Lets teams have more time to gel before the serious games start.


I like the fact that we do not have to play the demoted team in the first match of the league season. Playing London Irish was possibly Ealing Trailfinders downfall.......plus losing the other games against Nottingham, Bedford and Richmond etc.

You can not afford to under estimate any team in the Championship, any team on their day can beat any other team , including the mighty Falcons.

It may be a tad pessimistic but I feel the forthcoming season will be the very last chance for any Championship side to squeeze into the Premiership. I for one, truly hope that if it is not Ealing Trailfinders, another Championship side makes it other than the demoted Newcastle Falcons.



I am massively worried about the trip to Cornwall to start the league season. With the new coaches and players from Leeds, I think Pirates will be formidable. Still, I would love to see a league where one loss isnt a disaster and the winner ends with 16 or 17 wins, so I welcome the strengthening of Pirates. That trip is rough for Ealing (brokendown bus), should be murder from Newcastle.

There is a train from Newcastle all the way to the ends of the earth.......well Penzance. So they could go that way, but I reckon they will go down the day before and stop in a hotel, making it slightly less stressful on the body and the mind.
 
Newcastle to Exeter by plane then coach the rest of the way ?

Or private charter to Newquay, then coach
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote JonDee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 2019 at 09:35
Originally posted by knightandday knightandday wrote:

Originally posted by JonDee JonDee wrote:

Originally posted by castleparknight castleparknight wrote:

Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Originally posted by No 7 No 7 wrote:

Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

I am liking the Cup coming first. Lets teams have more time to gel before the serious games start.


I like the fact that we do not have to play the demoted team in the first match of the league season. Playing London Irish was possibly Ealing Trailfinders downfall.......plus losing the other games against Nottingham, Bedford and Richmond etc.

You can not afford to under estimate any team in the Championship, any team on their day can beat any other team , including the mighty Falcons.

It may be a tad pessimistic but I feel the forthcoming season will be the very last chance for any Championship side to squeeze into the Premiership. I for one, truly hope that if it is not Ealing Trailfinders, another Championship side makes it other than the demoted Newcastle Falcons.



I am massively worried about the trip to Cornwall to start the league season. With the new coaches and players from Leeds, I think Pirates will be formidable. Still, I would love to see a league where one loss isnt a disaster and the winner ends with 16 or 17 wins, so I welcome the strengthening of Pirates. That trip is rough for Ealing (brokendown bus), should be murder from Newcastle.

There is a train from Newcastle all the way to the ends of the earth.......well Penzance. So they could go that way, but I reckon they will go down the day before and stop in a hotel, making it slightly less stressful on the body and the mind.
 
Newcastle to Exeter by plane then coach the rest of the way ?

Or private charter to Newquay, then coach
 
Agree with their budget it would make sense
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stalwart Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 2019 at 09:51


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I am massively worried about the trip to Cornwall to start the league season. With the new coaches and players from Leeds, I think Pirates will be formidable. Still, I would love to see a league where one loss isnt a disaster and the winner ends with 16 or 17 wins, so I welcome the strengthening of Pirates. That trip is rough for Ealing (brokendown bus), should be murder from Newcastle.[/QUOTE]

But just consider how spectacular Cornwall be at that time of year!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote corporalcarrot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 2019 at 11:36
Originally posted by Stalwart Stalwart wrote:





I am massively worried about the trip to Cornwall to start the league season. With the new coaches and players from Leeds, I think Pirates will be formidable. Still, I would love to see a league where one loss isnt a disaster and the winner ends with 16 or 17 wins, so I welcome the strengthening of Pirates. That trip is rough for Ealing (brokendown bus), should be murder from Newcastle.[/QUOTE]

But just consider how spectacular Cornwall be at that time of year!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Woody Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 2019 at 14:06
Greene King IPA championship chairman Geoff Irvine commenting on the new season said: “We’re delighted to welcome Newcastle Falcons and Ampthill to the 11th season of the Greene King IPA Championship.

“The Championship continues to thrive and we look forward to another highly competitive season starting in two months’ time.”

Sorry what? How can Mr Irvine in all conscience say that the Championship is thriving?!?

Look at last season:
The golden parachuted Prem boys bounced straight back up and realistically never looked like not doing so.
Ealing. The only club with a chance of competing were matched up in the first match vs Irish making the end of the season flat.
The season was interrupted horribly by the pointless cup knocking the wind out of the league just when it was getting up and running. Also resulted in clubs playing the same opposition over and over again. Nottingham played Covenrty 3 times in 5 weeks!
The one club who (arguably) cut their cloth according to their means was relegated due to the cynical exploitation of the competition rules by Leeds and Hartpury.
Leeds bankrupted themselves in a desparate bid to maintain Champ status and Hartpury played a Prem select 15 for the second half of the season.

The games are seldom shown on the TV and the league has minimal wider exposure or funding. Crowds are not increasing anywhere to my knowledge.

SO how is the Championship continuing to thrive Mr Irvine?
What is your measure for thriving?

Not only that but now the RFU and presumably Mr Irvine and Company are presiding over the slow death of Yorkshire Carnigie while pretending everything is fine. How can a club which has no team, no coach and no prospect of any money being injected in the short term expected to fulfil all of these announced fixtures?

Between the venture capitalists taking over the Premiership, the imminent ringfencing and the contempt shown for the Championship by those with the power to safeguard our game; I am rapidly losing hope for the future.

Sorry to be negative but it all smacks of fiddling while Rome burns to me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote corporalcarrot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 2019 at 14:24
Cheer up Woody Notts & jersey usually serve up good close matches.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Woody Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 2019 at 14:47
Yes you are right Corp. I am not sad, just disappointed.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote castleparknight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 2019 at 15:39
You raised valid points Woody - clearly Mr Irvine has his head deposited somewhere where the sun doesn't shine or is suffering from delusions. Things might be rosey in Bedford, I suspect not so much rosey as potentially ok (ish), but elsewhere in the Championship it is pretty grim.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote JonDee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 2019 at 17:01
Originally posted by castleparknight castleparknight wrote:

You raised valid points Woody - clearly Mr Irvine has his head deposited somewhere where the sun doesn't shine or is suffering from delusions. Things might be rosey in Bedford, I suspect not so much rosey as potentially ok (ish), but elsewhere in the Championship it is pretty grim.
 
I agree with you,  love Bedford and their supporters they have a great set up which only works as long as there are sufficient teams to play if we start seeing clubs go to the wall and there are less teams of a standard to compete the whole system will come tumbling down.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kimbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 2019 at 21:28
Don't know about the rest of the league Woody, but they certainly increased at Cov (from a very healthy NL1 base) and I expect them to continue to do so.
Agree with most of the rest of your missive.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Blues Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 2019 at 22:02
It was obviously a Press Release and you've got to try and make the product sound better than the reality.  Mr Irvine could hardly say...

The Championship is trying to be shafted by the Premiership and RFU, Blues seem to be coping well at the moment, but Carnegie are a disaster, Jersey were helped by some extra cash from their Government, Hartpury only survived by having a Barbarians Representative team, Irish didn't care about the RFU funding as they had a parachute payment by fielding less English players than ever and now we have a club whereby the ambulance cannot turn up. ;)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote castleparknight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jun 2019 at 07:18
Aren't press releases an opportunity to highlight some of the issues being experienced? I think Mr Irvine could have used his opportunity better, rather than putting a false veneer on things a la "thriving". 

As the Championship Clubs Chairman I think he missed an opportunity and has basically negated the need for a debate into what needs to be resolved in rugby below the Premiership, and how PRL and their self preservation shenanigans are going to kill off the sport if they are not reigned in, and soon. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote No 7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jun 2019 at 17:40
2019/20 Fixtures - exact dates and kick off times to be confirmed:


Greene King IPA Championship: 


11/12/13 October - Cornish Pirates v Ealing Trailfinders


18/19/20 October - Ealing Trailfinders v Jersey Reds


25/26/27 October - Bedford Blues v Ealing Trailfinders


1/2/3 November - Ealing Trailfinders v Coventry 


8/9/10 November - Yorkshire Carnegie v Ealing Trailfinders


15/16/17 November - Doncaster Knights v Ealing Trailfinders


20/21/22 - 27/28/29 December - Ealing Trailfinders v Newcastle Falcons 


10/11/12 January - Nottingham v Ealing Trailfinders 


17/18/19 January - Ealing Trailfinders v Ampthill


24/25/26 January - London Scottish v Ealing Trailfinders 


1/2 February - Ealing Trailfinders v Hartpury 


7/8/9 February - Jersey Reds v Ealing Trailfinders


14/15/16 February - Ealing Trailfinders v Bedford Blues 


28/29 February - Coventry v Ealing Trailfinders 


13/14/15 March - Ealing Trailfinders v Yorkshire Carnegie 


20/21/22 March - Ealing Trailfinders v Doncaster Knights


27/28/29 March - Newcastle Falcons v Ealing Trailfinders


3/4/5 April - Ealing Trailfinders v Nottingham 


10/11/12 April - Ampthill v Ealing Trailfinders 


24/25/26 April - Ealing Trailfinders v London Scottish 


1/2/3 May - Hartpury v Ealing Trailfinders 


8/9/10 May - Ealing Trailfinders v Cornish Pirates 


Championship Cup: 


20/21/22 September - Bedford Blues v Ealing Trailfinders 


27/28/29 September - Ealing Trailfinders v Ampthill


4/5/6/ October - Coventry v Ealing Trailfinders 


29/30 November - Ealing Trailfinders v Bedford Blues


6/7/8 December - Ampthill v Ealing Trailfinders 


13/14/15 December - Ealing Trailfinders v Coventry 

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Jersey Reds' confirmed dates/times for home league & cup fixtures are available at
www.jerseyreds.je/fixtures-results (sorry, won't link for me right now for some reason)...

Other clubs have confirmed their home dates, or will do so over next 48 hrs. Have been advised the full set will be posted on englandrugby.com at 12noon on Monday.

We've also been told that the England Rugby (RFU as was) site will be relaunched on Monday, and at the same time the Championship site will be taken down for work prior to being relaunched ahead of the new season in September.
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The Cornish Pirates have announced today that due to a new playing surface being laid at the Mennaye, the Championship Cup home game against London Scottish will now be played away on Saturday 21st September.
This means that the first competitive home match for the Pirates will be the league match against Ealing on Sunday 13th October.
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Originally posted by Pirate Pig Pirate Pig wrote:

The Cornish Pirates have announced today that due to a new playing surface being laid at the Mennaye, the Championship Cup home game against London Scottish will now be played away on Saturday 21st September.
This means that the first competitive home match for the Pirates will be the league match against Ealing on Sunday 13th October.
 
Was really hoping for a Saturday game - not able to get back home at a reasonable hour after the game on a Sunday, so won't be able to make it this year either. For a Saturday game I'd have booked a room and put a bit of extra money into the local economy.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stalwart Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jul 2019 at 13:08
Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Originally posted by Pirate Pig Pirate Pig wrote:

The Cornish Pirates have announced today that due to a new playing surface being laid at the Mennaye, the Championship Cup home game against London Scottish will now be played away on Saturday 21st September.
This means that the first competitive home match for the Pirates will be the league match against Ealing on Sunday 13th October.
 
Was really hoping for a Saturday game - not able to get back home at a reasonable hour after the game on a Sunday, so won't be able to make it this year either. For a Saturday game I'd have booked a room and put a bit of extra money into the local economy.

Fri/Sat/Sun games - always contentious. The problem with Saturdays is that those who play or support other Cornish clubs can't do Saturdays at The Mennaye. Unfortunately it makes it more difficult for away supporters or exiles like yourself. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dotcom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jul 2019 at 14:38
Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Was really hoping for a Saturday game - not able to get back home at a reasonable hour after the game on a Sunday, so won't be able to make it this year either. For a Saturday game I'd have booked a room and put a bit of extra money into the local economy.

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