Get ready for the big kick-off! 1 Big Rugby Weekend

11th September 2013

Having secured a title sponsor in Greene King IPA, the Championship is set to begin its most exciting season to date on Saturday.

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, two of which will be broadcast on the opening weekend at Exeter's Sandy Park as part of the '1 Big Rugby Weekend' initiative.

The '1 Big Rugby Weekend' features a triple bill of double header fixtures played at three neutral venues. At Allianz Park, the new home of Saracens, London Scottish will look to make it a hat-trick of wins on the opening day of the season since promotion to the Championship in 2011.

Scottish have kicked off the last two seasons with narrow victories over Rotherham and will hope to add Championship newcomers Ealing to the list on Saturday, kick off 1.00pm.

2012 champions London Welsh will then face last year's beaten finalists Bedford Blues, kick off 3.30pm.

The sides played each other five times in the 2011/12 season, winning two games apiece in the league with Bedford taking the honours in a British and Irish Cup tie.

Supporters information:

– To book your ticket for the Allianz Park double header, click here

– Entry to the ground will be via gates A and C

– There will be a number of food and drink concessions open on the day in the concourse under the East Stand

– Parking will be available on the day at a cost of £10 per car

– Programmes will be sold through the ticket office

– All seating is in the East stand which is the newer stand

Meanwhile, taking place at the ground of former Championship club Doncaster Knights, Moseley will do battle with Rotherham Titans while last year's losing semi-finalists Nottingham Rugby and Leeds Carnegie will go head-to-head at Castle Park.

Rotherham won last season's home and away fixtures against Moseley by a margin of four points and are on a four-game winning streak against their Birmingham-based opponents.

Nottingham came away from Castle Park with the points on each of their last two visits to Doncaster, and will be looking to replicate their opening day 34-29 win over Leeds last season.

In the final double header, the West Country clubs come out in force at Sandy Park, home of inaugural Championship winners Exeter Chiefs.

Under the reigns of new head coach James Shanahan, Plymouth Albion will take to the field against Jersey in the first fixture of the day, before Andy Robinson's men from Bristol face Cornish Pirates.

Both fixtures are live on Sky Sports HD. Matches between Jersey and Plymouth were tight affairs in 2012/13 with Jersey claiming home and away wins by two and four points respectively.

The home side has won the last nine matches played between former finalists Cornish Pirates and Bristol, a run stretching back to May 1, 2010 when Bristol thumped the Pirates 60-15 in their own backyard in the Championship promotion play-offs.

Greene King IPA 1 Big Rugby Weekend fixtures:

Allianz Park, Saturday 14 September:
Ealing Trailfinders v London Scottish, KO 13.00
London Welsh v Bedford Blues, KO 15.15

Castle Park, Saturday 14 September:
Moseley v Rotherham Titans, KO 13.00
Nottingham Rugby v Leeds Carnegie, KO 15.15

Sandy Park, Sunday 15 September (Live on Sky Sports 2):
Plymouth Albion v Jersey RFC, KO 13.15
Cornish Pirates v Bristol Rugby, KO 15.30

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