Dons handed tough start to 2015 Championship

Dons coach Paul Cooke (left) and chief executive Carl Hall.

Dons coach Paul Cooke (left) and chief executive Carl Hall.

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Doncaster will start their 2015 Kingstone Press Championship campaign at London Broncos.

The trip to the Hive Stadium on Sunday, February 15, helps to kick off a new era for rugby league in England - and also represents the start of a tough-looking few weeks for Paul Cooke’s side.

The Dons’ first home game, on Sunday February 22, is against Featherstone Rovers who finished the regular 2014 season in second place. Doncaster then face a tricky trip to Workington Town before hosting reigning champions Leigh Centurions.

The Easter period will see rivals Sheffield Eagles visit the Keepmoat Stadium on Good Friday (April 3) before Doncaster visit Whitehaven on Easter Monday (April 6).

The 2015 season will see promotion to the Super League re-introduced, the introduction of the ‘Super 8s’, ‘Summer Bash’ and the ‘Million Pound Game’.

Each team will play 23 games in the regular season - home and away against the other 11 clubs plus one additional fixture in the Summer Bash at Bloomfield Road in Blackpool over the Bank Holiday weekend of May 23-24.

The top four Championship clubs will join the bottom four of Super League in a Super 8 pool called the Qualifiers.

The remaining eight Championship clubs will play in Super 8 pool called the Championship Shield.

After playing each other once, the top three Qualifiers will be awarded Super League status in 2016 with the final promotion spot determined by the Million Pound Game involving team four and five.