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    Posted: 21 Dec 2020 at 11:10

The Greene King IPA Championship will commence the 2020/21 season on the weekend of 6th March, 2021.

Operating under the elite sport framework, the Greene King IPA Championship league will be split into two conferences. Teams will play home and away within their conference producing 10 competition rounds, subsequent to which there will be a two leg play off final between the winner of each league to determine the team that will earn promotion to the Gallagher Premiership for the 2021/22 season.

 

The conferences will be determined by standings when the 2019/2020 season ended in March 2020; with Saracens taking the place of Newcastle Falcons and Richmond replacing Yorkshire Carnegie.

 

Therefore, the two Conferences will be:

 

Conference A:    

Saracens, Cornish Pirates, Ampthill, Jersey Reds, London Scottish, Hartpury.

 

Conference B:    

Ealing Trailfinders, Coventry, Nottingham, Bedford Blues, Doncaster Knights, Richmond.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote KnightsBoy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2020 at 11:17
Desperate to get Sarries back in the Prem.
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Good news. Fingers crossed all will be well by March and we can support our teams home and away.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Standing On The 40 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2020 at 11:25
Originally posted by KnightsBoy KnightsBoy wrote:

Desperate to get Sarries back in the Prem.


Too right they are.

What does that small print say?
In the event of Saracens still being behind after a 2 legged final there will be a 3rd leg.)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote castleparknight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2020 at 11:37
No mention of relegation......? I suppose with no fixtures below that is a given for the Champioship but will there be relegation from the Premiership?

Hardly any games to be played either - in proposed structure it showed 1 leg against the other pool teams (either home or away).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kempstonblue Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2020 at 11:47
So the Jan 16th restart, understandably off.

Sorry i think that should read restart September 2021


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2020 at 11:48
Originally posted by castleparknight castleparknight wrote:

No mention of relegation......? I suppose with no fixtures below that is a given for the Champioship but will there be relegation from the Premiership?

Hardly any games to be played either - in proposed structure it showed 1 leg against the other pool teams (either home or away).

There was a 16-game draft, which would have involved starting late January - this became impossible. The slimmed-down version seems to be about the maximum possible in the circumstances. Given that there will be no level 3 rugby, I think we can safely assume no club will go down from level two to three next May/June. It remains to be seen whether any club will be relegated from the Prem at the same point...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote castleparknight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2020 at 11:58
This is on the premise that the League finishes in May - if it went on for a few more weeks to late June it is feasible. And then the next season starts a tad later finishes a tad later then balance is restored
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Albert Fishwick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2020 at 12:35
With so few games the dreaded Covid 28-0 could foul this up as it is at Premiership level.
That's easy for you to say.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Thatbloke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2020 at 13:18
Be very interesting if Saracens cop for a handful of 28-0 defeats - Won't matter about the rest of course! 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LJ from Roth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2020 at 13:25
Also implied in the statement is the ongoing question of funding testing - or not testing! TRP yesterday quoting £20k a week for it - not many Champ clubs can afford that. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pappashanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2020 at 13:39
Surely the vaccines will be available by March?
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My bet is still a 14 Team Premiership.That is the only way that 100% secures Saracens back in the Premiership where their flare is missed in this dull season.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote WEvans Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2020 at 14:33
Originally posted by stadium stadium wrote:

My bet is still a 14 Team Premiership.That is the only way that 100% secures Saracens back in the Premiership where their flare is missed in this dull season.

Is that the flare they used to burn the salary cap rules for each of the prior six seasons?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Raider999 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2020 at 15:23
Originally posted by Pappashanga Pappashanga wrote:

Surely the vaccines will be available by March?


Current estimate is for all over 65s and clinically at risk persons will be vaccinated by end of March.

Not many of those playing rugby as far as I am aware
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Originally posted by Standing On The 40 Standing On The 40 wrote:

Originally posted by KnightsBoy KnightsBoy wrote:

Desperate to get Sarries back in the Prem.


Too right they are.

What does that small print say?
In the event of Saracens still being behind after a 2 legged final there will be a 3rd leg.)

Cynical, Lou.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Robb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2020 at 16:10
Originally posted by KnightsBoy KnightsBoy wrote:

Desperate to get Sarries back in the Prem.

Still, it will be entertaining to see the likes of Farrell and Vunipola running through the Ampthill woods. It will force the elites to face those they left behind. 
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Saracens are among those involved in trying to set up a pre-season cup competition, according to the last para of this Sky Sports story...

https://www.skysports.com/rugby-union/news/19133/12169481/new-look-championship-to-begin-in-march-as-saracens-seek-top-flight-return
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The way things are going the 6 March is optimistic. Can’t see many areas being ready in Feb for some pre-season friendlies, especially with more areas expected to go to Tier 4.
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By hook or by crook, Sarries are going up.
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