Doncaster Knights to face Saracens as Championship conference system is scrapped

The Greene King Championship fixtures have been announced – and Doncaster Knights WILL tackle Saracens.

Monday, 8th February 2021, 3:55 pm
Updated Monday, 8th February 2021, 4:12 pm
Doncaster Knights have returned to action in the Trailfinders Challenge Cup - a traingular tournament with Ealing and Saracens - ahead of the new league season.

Plans announced in December to split the division into two conferences – which kept Doncaster and the former European champions apart – have been scrapped.

That decision appears to have been made as a result of London Scottish opting not to participate this season for financial reasons.

Each team will now play each other home or away – a total of ten competitive matches – before a two-legged play-off final between the top two sides in June.

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Saracens will visit Castle Park on the weekend of April 17 – raising very faint hopes that fans may still be able to attend.

The two sides are due to meet in a warm-up fixture this weekend at the StoneX Stadium in the Trailfinders Challenge Cup.

Doncaster will start the truncated season at Ampthill on the weekend of March 6.

Knights’ first home game will be against Coventry on the weekend of March 13.

They will finish the season at home to Nottingham on the weeknd of May 29, with the play-off final scheduled for the weekends of June 12 and 19.

An RFU statement confirmed that, despite concerns that more clubs may be forced to withdraw from the competition, the 11 remaining clubs have agreed to invest in Covid testing following loan assurances from government as part of the Winter Sports Survival Package.