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If Exeter’s 14-7 defeat of Saracens at Sandy Park on December 29 was indeed a victory for rugby principals, then the Chiefs further demonstrated how they are market leaders in promoting values and ethics within the oval ball game this week, writes Gareth Davies. The Devon side, who have been directly hamstrung by Saracens’ shoddy …

Your late teens are often when some of life’s biggest choices are made. What do you want to do as a career? Where do you want to live? In what direction are you going to go? For one former Yeovil Town player, the answer was ‘down under,’ upping sticks and moving from a sleepy Leicestershire …

Bristol Bears kept up their flawless record in Europe this season, but not in the easiest of circumstances as they edged out Stade Francais in Paris 18-16. The Pink Shirts enjoyed a wealth of penalty kicks that, coupled with some tight defence, should have sealed the result. However, Pat Lam’s men pushed to the bitter …

It only comes around every four years, but for professional rugby players from Britain and Ireland, being selected for the Lions is an achievement that is often considered the pinnacle of their careers. Legends are made, dreams are shattered, but more importantly, despite the ever-changing climate that world rugby finds itself in, the Lions have …

A transgender footballer has been telling The Independent how moving to Bristol and joining an LGBT inclusive football team has helped her rebuild her life. Sammy Walker, originally from London, moved to the West Country city in the summer, joining the Bristol Panthers in the process to reignite her love of football. Explaining how the …

It is almost 13 years since Truro City became the first ever Cornish football club to win a national competition when, under Dave Leonard and with the backing of Kevin Heaney, they won the 2007 FA Vase by defeating AFC Totton 3-1 in a Wembley final. Since then, the White Tigers have been no stranger …

We are now into the second week of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign which encourages sport clubs across the country to come out in support for LGBT people and to make sport everyone’s game. To celebrate this, the Independent’s Craig Bratt is talking to LGBT sports personalities from around our region and sharing their stories to …

This weekend marks the second weekend of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign which encourages sport clubs across the country to come out in support for LGBT people and to make sport everyone’s game. To celebrate this, the Independent’s Craig Bratt is talking to LGBT sports personalities from around our region and sharing their stories to raise …