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Greene King IPA Championship Launch

Brent Champ Launch 1 SmallThe Greene King IPA Championship season launch took place yesterday (3rd September) at St Margarets Pub & Dine in Oxfordshire.

The Greene King pub played host to all twelve captains from the second tier of professional rugby, as well as former England and Scotland head coach Andy Robinson, now in charge at Bristol Rugby.

Having secured a title sponsor in Greene King IPA, the Championship is set to begin its most exciting season to date. Continuing to lead the way in innovation, having debuted Ref Cam, half-time interviews and changing room access in the second tier, the Championship and Sky Sports extend their partnership to include 18 games this season.

Speaking at the launch today, RFU Professional Rugby Director Rob Andrew said:

"Only five years ago, we were launching the first season of the Championship at Twickenham, signalling a new second tier of professional rugby. Now we are approaching the fifth season of the competition and under a new sponsor in Greene King IPA.

"The Championship continues to produce exciting young talent, and we have seen a number of those players go onto the international stage, with the 2013 British & Irish Lions and  England U20s Junior World Championship squads both claiming Championship players. It is clear to see the positive impact the second tier of professional rugby has on the game in this country."

The fifth season of the Championship will kick-off with the Greene King IPA 1 Big Rugby Weekend, a triple bill of double headers taking place across three neutral venues on September 14 & 15. Designed to start the new season with a festival of Championship rugby, the 1 Big Rugby Weekend will see last year's losing semi-finalists Nottingham Rugby and Leeds Carnegie go head-to-head at Doncaster's Castle Park on 14 September.

Tickets are available to purchase by calling the ticket office on 0115 9070070.  Nottingham Rugby are urging all of their fans to purchase their tickets from the club rather than on the day as this means that the club benefits from your purchase.

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