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Rotherham first up for Championship return

Ealing Trailfinders begin their return to the Greene King IPA Championship away to Rotherham Titans, the last side they played in the second tier of English rugby.

Rotherham’s 36-29 win at Vallis Way in April 2013 meant Ealing Trailfinders’ were relegated back to National 1 by one point from Jersey and the sides will meet again in South Yorkshire on the weekend of 4/5/6 September. 

The side then close out the season at Vallis Way on 23 April, 2016. 

With 11 matches home and away and six group matches in the British and Irish Cup there will be plenty of entertainment on offer for Ealing Trailfinders fans in the coming season. 

The first home match takes place on Saturday 12 September and it will be a London derby as London Scottish cross Kew Bridge to W13. With local bragging rights on offer and five former Exiles’ in the Ealing Trailfinders squad – Adam Preocanin, Andy Reay, James Love, Paul Spivey and Jamie Kilbane – it is sure to be a humdinger. 

The sides then meet for the return match at the Athletic Ground in Richmond for a Christmas cracker over the Boxing Day weekend. 

Ben Ward’s side face their fellow Exiles, London Welsh in a Firework’s Weekend sparkler on 7 November and then host the side relegated from the Premiership on Saturday 26 March. 

Bristol Rugby head to Vallis way on Saturday 10 October fresh from having lost the Championship promotion play-off. The team then head down the M4 for a pre-Valentine’s day encounter on 13 February. 

Old rivals Jersey welcome the side to the Channel Islands over the weekend of 4/5/6 December and the Islanders then travel to the capital for the penultimate match on 16 April. 

Prior to the start of the 2015-16 season Ealing Trailfinders will play three pre-season friendlies; away to Pontypridd on 15 August, away to Hartpury College on 22 August and away to Coventry on 29 August. 

Home matches will take place at 3pm on Saturdays and the times and dates of the away fixtures and the six British and Irish Cup matches will be confirmed in due course.

Ealing Trailfinders, Fixtures 2015-16

15 August                           Pontypridd                      Away (Pre-season friendly)
22 August                           Hartpury College            Away (Pre-season friendly)
29 August                           Coventry                         Away (Pre-season friendly)
4/5/6 Sep                            Rotherham Titans          Away
12 September                     London Scottish             Home
20 September                     Yorkshire Carnegie        Away
26 September                     Cornish Pirates              Home
3 October                           Doncaster Knights          Away
10 October                         Bristol Rugby                  Home
16/17/18 Oct                       Moseley                         Away
24 October                         Bedford Blues                 Home
6/7/8 Nov                            London Welsh                Away
12/13/14 Nov                      B&I Cup 
20/21/22 Nov                      B&I Cup
28 Nov                                Nottingham                     Home
4/5/6 December                  Jersey                             Away
11/12/13 Dec                      B&I Cup 
18/19/20 Dec                      B&I Cup
26/27 December                 London Scottish             Away
2 January                           Yorkshire Carnegie         Home
15/16/17 Jan                      B&I Cup
22/23/24 Jan                      B&I Cup
29/30/31 Jan                      Cornish Pirates               Away
6 February                          Doncaster Knights         Home
12/13/14 Feb                      Bristol Rugby                 Away
27 February                        Moseley                         Home
4/5/6 March                        Bedford Blues                Away
26 March                            London Welsh                Home
1/2/3 April                           Nottingham                    Away
16 April                               Jersey                            Home
23 April                               Rotherham Titans          Home