RFU English Clubs Championship

  • RFU and Championship Clubs Committee Reach Funding Agreement

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Championship Clubs Committee have agreed a new funding structure which will run from the 2012/13 season up to and including 2015/16. The funding will increase steadily on the condition that the Clubs continue to participate in the English Qualified Players scheme, which rules that a club must field 15 English qualified players in a match day 22. Additional funding will be provided for the British and Irish Cup through travel assistance and for the first tim...

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  • Championship Clubs Sign New Five-Year Deal With RFU

    The Greene King IPA Championship Clubs have agreed a new five-year deal with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) that will see the amount of central funding they receive increase. The new agreement, which replaces the final year of the current deal and begins ahead of the 2015/16 season before running until 2019/20, requires Clubs to allocate a percentage of funding to developing their facilities and is designed to further enhance the second tier of professional rugby. The RFU will now contribute tow...

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  • Championship Clubs Challenge RFU

    RFU Championship Clubs are in dispute with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) over the failure to provide funding they claim was promised to them in an agreement following the makeover of the second tier of English rugby. According to the Daily Telegraph, the Clubs say they are each owed £77,000 for the last three seasons, but the RFU has said that the figures, £295,000 per club in 2009-10 increasing to £400,000 in 2015-16, were only estimates. The newspaper also reported that the Clubs were expe...

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  • Lancashire Clubs Favour Local Leagues

    A meeting held at Wigan RUFC last week has resulted in 24 Lancashire Clubs proposing to resign from the RFU English Clubs Championship according to the Talking Rugby Union website. The proposal has come about due to certain Clubs at Level 7, 8 and 9 having to travel upwards of six-hour round trips within the RFU leagues. At the demand of several Clubs, a two-league structure has been proposed to accommodate these Clubs and assist them in playing more local rugby against Clubs within the Lancashi...

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  • Player Welfare Failings Highlighted In Championship

    Player welfare failings for full-time players in English rugby union’s second tier, the Greene King IPA Championship, have been exposed with the Clubs, the RFU and the players’ union the RPA all coming under fire. Poor treatment of second tier pros has been alleged by Yorkshire Carnegie prop Ben Hooper in a Guardian article this week (Tuesday May 17th). Hooper claims that the Championship has become the “wild west of professional rugby” with players taking the same risks as Premiership...

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  • Championship Offer Needs More Thrust

    The RFU Championship looks likely to soldier on next season as a sponsor-less entity, as it has done since its inception in 2009. The inability to secure a title backer for the second most important league in English rugby has frustrated its member Clubs, and puzzled sponsorship industry experts. “The RFU Championship provides the right partner with a host of opportunities to create value, potential exposure via live broadcast on Sky Sports being just one of them,” says independent sports ma...

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  • Rotherham Sign Kit Deal With Canterbury

    Rotherham Titans have agreed a deal for Canterbury to supply the club’s kit for the coming three seasons. The manufacturer, which currently has contracts with the likes of England, South Africa, Leicester and Leinster, is taking a greater interest in the RFU Championship and was keen to have a presence in the north after signing deals with Moseley and London Scottish. The increased interest may be, at least in part, as a result of Sky reportedly intending to show more Championship matches in f...

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  • PRL To Lead Championship's Commercial Progress?

    The Rugby Paper has reported that Aviva Premiership chief executive Mark McCafferty has floated the prospect of a takeover of the Championship after accusing the Rugby Football Union of neglecting the second-tier league. McCafferty claims that Championship Clubs are not being adequately rewarded for their role in developing the league and providing players for the Premiership. Teams in the Championship currently receive annual funding of £365,000 from a central pot of £4.4m. The RFU contribute...

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  • First Pick To BT Sport In Historic New European Agreement With Sky

    BT Sport will have the first choice on broadcasting matches involving teams from the Aviva Premiership in next season's new elite European tournament, reveals Gavin Mairs in The Telegraph. It is thought that the new competition will involve teams from all of the Six Nations' countries and will run alongside a challenge cup, to replace the existing Amlin Challenge Cup, and a developmental tournament. The historic new broadcasting agreement between BT Sport and Sky Sports has been agreed after l...

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  • Championship Play-Offs Set To Be Scrapped

    The controversial Championship play-offs are set to be discarded as part of a new £220m, eight-year agreement between Premiership Rugby and the RFU, according to The Rugby Paper. As first reported in April, the new deal will see top-flight Clubs double their existing £110m RFU funding deal which was brokered in 2008. Academy boundary disputes involving Wasps, Worcester, London Irish and Saracens have been resolved and Premiership Rugby’s desire to bin the Championship play-offs in favour of...

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