Greene King IPA Championship confirms match live-streaming plans

Great news for supporters of all Championship clubs as it is announced today that all fixtures in the 2020-21 season will be available to watch online.

Confirmation comes in the form of an RFU statement which is shown in full, below:

“As the 2020/21 Greene King IPA Championship season kicks off this weekend, the Championship Clubs Committee today confirmed that up to five matches each round will be live-streamed for fans.

Available via, fans will be able to live-stream matches on a pay-per-view basis (tickets also accessible via this link).

The opening round (1) of the league sees all five matches streamed for fans as follows:

  • Hartpury University RFC v Richmond – Sat 6 March, KO 13:15
  • Cornish Pirates  v Saracens – Sat 6 March, KO 15:00
  • Coventry v Bedford Blues – Sat 6 March, KO 15:00
  • Ampthill v Doncaster Knights – Sun 7 March, KO 13:00
  • Nottingham v Ealing Trailfinders – Sun 7 March, KO 13:00

Greene King IPA Championship Clubs Committee chair Steve Lloyd said: “It is almost a year ago that “Covid stopped play” in the GK Championship and since that time many people have been working hard to re-establish a league competition in the face of restrictions, lockdowns and no income.

 “After months of meetings and clubs’ own plans to get back to the fray, we are delighted that the Championship will commence a shortened but no less competitive season on Saturday, 6th March 2021.

 “A big thank you is due to everyone concerned for making the season possible and the whole league now looks forward to good rugby and rekindled bonhomie within the sport we love. Let battle commence!”

In addition, confirmed kick-off times for Rounds 1 to 10 are available here. Championship Fixtures 2020.21 – KO Times

Details relating to the final will be released at a later date.”

There will be a small charge for tickets to view each game.  Details of this and the process by which supporters can obtain access will be announced shortly.




  1. Hi Guys any idea when supporters will be allowed back to watch rugby at this level?Cheers Rich

    • Hi Rich

      According to government timetables, it’s unlikely that we’ll be able to have a crowd of any sort until later in May. Realistically, that may give us one home game this season (vs Jersey Reds) in which a crowd may be possible, but we still might face restrictions on overall numbers, etc. Rest assured, we’ll be letting everybody know as and when it’s allowed!

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