Rugby


Gloucester Rugby have signed Australian international hooker James Hanson on a short-term deal. Director of Rugby David Humphreys welcomed Hanson addition to the squad. “We have been looking to add some experience and strength in depth to our squad in this position. It is our goal to create competition for every shirt, and a player …

Survival will be the number one aim for Falmouth after their promotion to Tribute Western Counties West as champions, according to one of their coaches, Chris Morgan, writes Nigel Walrond. The Eagles had a tremendous 2016-17 campaign, winning the Cornwall and Devon League in impressive style. But they were given a taste of what potentially …

FOUR tries from hooker Max Crumpton, two for scrum half Rhodri Williams and one from Dan Thomas steered Bristol to a bonus point victory over Richmond who had to settle for a late consolation try as the west country side move up to second in the table. Richmond, the semi-professional outfit, proved in the opening …

Bridgwater and Albion coach Simon Morrell has been busy plugging gaps in his squad to cope with a nightmare start to the season. Going into yesterday’s trip to Bideford there were 13 men on the injury list. Morrell hoped to have four new players in the side – some of them old faces returning to …

In their first home game of the season Exeter Chiefs, without ever hitting top gear, notched the all important first win of the campaign by seeing off the challenge of newly promoted London Irish. A clearly pleased Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter reflecting on game said, “We had control of the game and although …

Sarah Hunter, who led England to the final of the 2017 Women’s World Cup, is leaving Bristol Ladies to take up a post as a performance coach with the new Loughborough Lightning franchise in the Tyrrell’s Women’s Premier 15s. Hunter will also be heading up the university side in British Universities & Colleges Sports side …

Newton Abbot’s new player-coach Matt Jess said, after his first view of Level Five rugby, that the season is going to be a challenge. Jess was one of the last survivors of Exeter Chiefs’ Championship side to transition to the Premiership successfully when he left Sandy Park at the end of last season. Before joining …

Plymouth Albion will be heading into the unknown on Saturday as they make their first ever visit to Bishop’s Stortford. The Hertfordshire-based side won promotion at the end of last season as National Two South champions, and are now playing at the highest level in their 97-year history. They made an impressive start to life …

League Tables

Premiership
P
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts.
1Exeter3201994511
2Wasps3201956910
3Saracens3201105629
4Newcastle Falcons320155499
5Harlequins320181779
6Northampton320172729
7Bath320164688
8Sale310283707
9Leicester310258615
10Gloucester310255735
11London Irish3102531025
12Worcester3003281000
Championship
POS
TEAM
P
W
D
L
F
A
BP
PTS
1Ealing Trailfinders330010779315
2Bristol330010749214
3Doncaster32017939210
4Nottingham320110676210
5Bedford320110578210
6Jersey3201635819
7Yorkshire Carnegie3201626619
8London Scottish3102878937
9Hartpury College3102666726
10Cornish Pirates3003707944
11Richmond30033811911
12Rotherham Titans30033112200