The bracing impact of coronavirus upon grassroots sport has been felt by every individual involved, but particularly by those who also work in the medical field. Doctors, nurses, physicians and carers in the West Country, and the entire nation, have all been put under enormous strain in recent weeks as Covid-19 grips harder. As a …

Bristol Bears scrum-half Nic Stirzaker will leave the club to join Montauban in the French PROD2 at the end of the campaign, writes Andrew Clayton. The Australian made 18 appearances over two seasons at Ashton Gate, following a short spell at Saracens after four years with Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby. However, he has struggled …

Bristol Bears’ record-breaking win over Harlequins last Sunday marked a team in high spirits, writes Andrew Clayton. The West Country outfit saw off Quins 28-15 to rack up a fifth consecutive win for the first time in their Premiership history. Luke Morahan got his side off to a dream start with a try in the …

The sporting world is at a crossroads, that even by its standards of delivering the unexpected, very few would have been able to predict, writes Gareth Davies. Just how quickly the week has unfolded within sport is difficult to fathom, even harder to comprehend. It started off with caution, witnessed first-hand by this very newspaper …

Lydney Rugby Club have had their flood-repair fund boosted to the tune of £2,000 by Wales international George North, writes Gareth Davies. The Forest-of-Dean outfits Regentsholme ground was badly damaged by recent flooding caused by Storm Dennis. With the Severnsiders’ home base sitting on a flood plain, they are unable to get adequate insurance cover, …

Damage to Lydney Rugby Club due to floods brought by Storm Dennis are ‘catastrophic’ says the Severnsiders’ chairman Duncan Sleeman, writes Gareth Davies. However, despite the devastation, Sleeman revealed that Lydney have been astounded by the support from businesses and the rugby community, who have all thrown their weight behind the clean-up operation. Remarkably, Lydney’s …

Bristol Bears head coach Pat Lam is keen to put theory into practice when his side return to Premiership action at Northampton Saints today, writes Andrew Clayton. The Ashton Gate outfit ended their last block of games with a 34-16 win over rivals Gloucester back in January. Although the break for the Six Nations disrupted …

The Championship has become renowned as a perennial breeding ground for developing rugby stars of the future. In the case of Exeter Chiefs and Bristol Bears, clubs that are now regular diners at the top table of domestic competition in this country, they built the foundations for their recent success in the second tier, writes …

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