With Liverpool, the dominant force in English football, romping home to the Premier League title on Thursday evening, Exeter Chiefs’ director of rugby Rob Baxter isn’t expecting similar to happen when elite oval-ball competition resumes in August, writes Gareth Davies. Although any restart for Premiership rugby is not set in stone, when it does roll …

New Clevedon director of rugby Dave Owen has bullishly predicted that his side will be pushing for promotion during their 2020-21 Western Counties North campaign, writes Ollie Young. Owen has recently taken the role after former boss Nick Hill stepped down after 10 years in charge at the club. The Somerset outfit struggled last season, …

Whatever the final outcome of the yet to be completed 2019-20, it appears the campaign will be remembered for all the wrong reasons, writes Gareth Davies. In terms of the coronavirus pandemic, this is, and still is a scenario that even your worst nightmare would fail to yield. Countless lives lost and damage to our …

Hartpury head coach, Mark Cornwell, says he was pleased by the club’s proactive approach in assembling a competitive squad for the 2020-21 season, writes Andrew Clayton. The Championship outfit, placed 11th for their recently truncated campaign, announced wholesale changes in a series of squad updates which sees 14 players depart and 12 new signings. In …

Community rugby will have to come back in stages, the Rugby Football Union has said this week, as club personnel consider how the sport will figure in a post-pandemic landscape, writes Andrew Clayton. Earlier this week, Premiership and Championship teams were given the green light to implement ‘stage one’ of their return to training in …

St Austell RFC are in for the long haul next season, with more than 3,500 miles to cover in away trips, writes Andrew Clayton. The Cornish outfit earned a return to South West One West for the first time in five years, and late on last week secretaries for the South West leagues announced a …

Exeter’s England star Luke Cowan-Dickie concludes his chat with Andrew Clayton regarding his journey to the top. At club level, last weekend marked a milestone in Exeter Chiefs’ history. A decade ago, the Devon outfit clinched the Championship title to earn a place in the Premiership and kick off a legacy. Among the new faces …

Exeter’s England star Luke Cowan-Dickie tells Andrew Clayton about his journey to the top. This year was shaping up to be a cracker for Luke Cowan-Dickie. The 26-year-old hooker has been a fixture in the Exeter Chiefs’ front row, leading the line for their charge to the top of the Premiership, as well as their …

League Tables

Newcastle Falcons14140044315166
Ealing Trailfinders14111249125353
Cornish Pirates14100434722147
Jersey Reds1460832035032
Bedford Blues1460825328431
Doncaster Knights1460824231628
London Scottish1441929931427
Hartpury College14401022531724
Yorkshire Carnegie1400141927202
1Newcastle Falcons13130061
2Ealing Trailfinders13101249
3Cornish Pirates1390443
6Jersey Reds1360732
8Doncaster Knights1360728
9Bedford Blues1350826
10Hartpury University1340924
11London Scottish1331922
12Yorkshire Carnegie1300131