- Yorkshire host Irish in first leg on Wednesday night
- Watch the match live on Sky Sports 5
- Kick-off is at 8pm
The Greene King IPA Championship play-off final is upon us and sees the only two sides still standing go head-to-head in a two-legged showdown to reach the Aviva Premiership.
London Irish are hoping to make a return to English rugby's top flight at the first time of asking and, so far, have lost just once in the league this season.
But they will have to travel to Yorkshire Carnegie for the first leg to face a side that has made it to the play-off final for the first time, and are looking to make the jump back to the Premiership for the first time since 2011.
Story of the season
Irish have dominated the Championship this term, with their only defeat coming last month against Jersey Reds - who stunned them 15-11 at St Peter - and have cruised into the final, despatching Doncaster Knights in a 75-24 aggregate victory.
Carnegie meanwhile lost last time out in the semi-final second-leg to Ealing Trailfinders but won the tie 52-36 on aggregate.
The Leeds-based side suffered two defeats against Nick Kennedy’s men in the regular season, going down 41-17 at Madejski Stadium before losing 14-20 at Headingley in March.
One to watch – Seb Stegmann, Yorkshire Carnegie
The Yorkshiremen will need a wealth of experience to help them tackle a strong London Irish side, and in Seb Stegmann they have a man who knows what it takes to win the play-offs.
The winger helped guide London Welsh to promotion in 2014, defeating Bristol, and after being named in the starting line-up for Wednesday’s match, Stegmann is confident of repeating his success.
"I played in the final with London Welsh and we achieved promotion against Bristol,” the 28-year-old said. "We need to focus to be at our best to give ourselves the best chance.”
“I had a back spasm in the first leg so missed most of that game, but returned for the second leg and it was a fantastic experience.
“The lessons I can take from that experience going into this final is we need to stick to our systems and do what we are good at.
“Anything can happen in a final, so there's all to play for. There will be nerves but once that whistle goes we need to focus to be at our best to give ourselves the best chance.”
Under the Headingley lights, captain Ryan Burrows believes his side can put their disappointing performance against Ealing behind them and show their quality.
“We are in a positive mood heading into the final two games. Although we were disappointed with the performance in the second leg of the semi-final against Ealing, we have learned a lot of lessons from that game and are confident we can put that behind us and improve in the final two games.
“Irish have played well all season. They have a very good set piece and are patient and can force errors.
“We know they are a very good side and have been consistent all year. But we are confident in our own abilities and we know we have it in us to put in two big performances.”
And while London Irish boss Nick Kennedy has already orchestrated two wins over Wednesday’s hosts this term, he is under no illusions that this will be the trickiest encounter yet.
He said: “The extra two days of training has certainly helped us as it was a fairly quick turnaround for the semi-final.
“It will be an extremely tough game and I think the tie is going to come down to the wire. The league table doesn’t lie and it’s between two of the best teams in the league.”
Carnegie Head Coach Bryan Redpath has made four changes to the starting line up from the team who played against Ealing Trailfinders in the semi-final.
Tom Casson returns for the first time since the league fixture against Doncaster and comes in for Andy Forsyth, who is ruled out through injury, while Seb Stegmann is preferred on the wing in place of Stevie McColl, who is named on the bench.
In the forwards, Charlie Beech will replace the injured Lewis Boyce whilst Mike Mayhew also returns to the starting line up, stepping in for Phil Nilsen who misses out this week.
The visitors have made one enforced change with club record try-scorer Topsy Ojo replacing the injured Joe Cokanasiga on the wing, as the Exiles look to gain the initiative in Leeds.
Match day squads
Yorkshire Carnegie: Chris Elder, Jonah Holmes, Pete Lucock, Tom Casson, Seb Stegmann, Joe Ford, Alex Davies, Charlie Beech, Mike Mayhew, Sione Faletua, Matt Smith, Ben West, Ollie Stedman, Richard Mayhew, Ryan Burrows (c)
Replacements: Ross Graham, Lewis Boyce, Rob O'Donnell, Mike Myerscough, Richard Beck, Max Green, Stevie McColl
London Irish: Tommy Bell, Alex Lewington, Aseli Tikoirotuma, Fergus Mulchrone, Topsy Ojo, James Marshall, Brendan McKibbin, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, David Paice (c), Ben Franks, Sebastian De Chaves, Jebb Sinclair, Mike Coman, Blair Cowan, Ofisa Treviranus
Replacements: Dave Porecki, Tom Court, Ollie Hoskins, George Robson, Luke Narraway, Scott Steele, Greig Tonks