An 11-team Greene King IPA Championship will kick off on March 6 with a two-legged play-off final to decide the title in June, the RFU has confirmed. London Scottish’s decision to sit out the season means one team each round will have a bye week, with every other team playing 10 matches and the top two going into the final.
“Following loan assurances from Government as part of the Winter Sports Survival Package, 11 Greene King IPA Championship Clubs have elected to invest in Covid testing under the elite sport guidance framework to allow a start to the season on the weekend of 6 March 2021,” an RFU statement said.
“Operating under the elite sport framework, teams will play each other home or away producing 10 competitive matches over 11 league rounds.” the statement added. “This will be followed by a two-leg play-off final (home and away) between the top two placed teams in the league to determine which will earn promotion to Gallagher Premiership Rugby for the 2021/22 season provided it meets the current minimum standards criteria.”