Rugby


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 …

The sporting year of 2019 will be remembered as one where titles were won and lost by the finest of margins. Domestic rugby union was no different as a dramatic final to the Premiership season ensued – and once the 22 regular rounds were done and dusted, Exeter Chiefs came up against their old foes …

Isn’t this how it was supposed to be? Danny Cipriani, the most gifted English fly-half of his generation, the star attraction at Twickenham, the home of rugby on these shores, writes Gareth Davies. But sadly, for Cipriani, now 31, he wasn’t showcasing his skills in front of 82,000 supporters at Headquarters on Wednesday, on the …

Toby Fricker will make his competitive debut for the club when Bristol Bears kick off the new season with a Premiership Cup clash versus Harlequins on Friday (7.45pm KO). The winger – who arrived from Ebbw Vale in March – makes his first outing as Director of Rugby Pat Lam reveals his squad for the …

Exeter Chiefs newcomer Jacques Vermeulen has today spoken of his excitement at joining the Premiership club on a three-year deal. The 24-year-old forward heads to Devon from South African Super Rugby outfit, the Sharks, and is the latest addition Rob Baxter has made to his squad ahead of the 2019/20 season, which kicks-off this Saturday …

Since winning promotion to the Premiership, on a damp late May evening at Bristol’s Memorial Ground, nine years ago, Exeter Chiefs have grown accustomed to non-stop success. Establishing themselves as a Premiership side by right was something that came almost instantly and by 2016, they had reached the Twickenham play-off final. A year late, amidst …

CORNWALL have named their team to open their 2019 Bill Beaumont County Championship campaign at Kent on Saturday (2.30pm). The squad is selected from a range of clubs from level eight up to level three, with seven Redruth players in the 22-man team. Previous County Championship winner Matt Shepherd is available for the trip to …

League Tables

Premiership
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts.
Newcastle Falcons80002398537
Cornish Pirates860222810329
Ealing Trailfinders851223015925
Jersey Reds850319217925
Coventry841316017723
Ampthill841318919920
London Scottish831413515218
Hartpury College830513813517
Nottingham830514114515
Doncaster Knights830513219213
Bedford Blues820613016012
Yorkshire Carnegie80081163861
Championship
POS
TEAM
P
W
D
L
PTS
1Newcastle Falcons660027
2Ealing Trailfinders641121
3Cornish Pirates640220
4Jersey Reds640220
5Coventry Rugby631218
6Nottingham Rugby630315
7Hartpury University630315
8London Scottish621313
9Ampthill621312
10Doncaster Knights62048
11Bedford Blues61058
12Yorkshire Carnegie60061