Rugby


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 …

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 …

CRAIG LILLEY has been appointed as Bath Rugby’s new academy manager. Lilley is current head of rugby at King Edward’s School and will join the Premiership club in August ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. His role will be to lead the strategic direction and operational management of its regional player pathway. His appointment forms a …

DEVON RFU will begin their Bill Beaumont County Championship campaign on Saturday when they travel to Cinderford to take on Gloucestershire (3pm). The Green and Whites will be looking to build on last season when they got a long-awaited win in Cornwall. A large number of last season’s squad have returned for this year’s campaign, …

BACK Maliq Holden has signed a new one-year contract with the Cornish Pirates. The Liverpool-born player made 10 appearances for the club during the 2018/19 season, including four Championship starts. He was also a try-scorer when coming off the bench in the team’s victory at Doncaster Knights last Saturday. A former Hartpury College player, where …

CORNISH rugby player Joel Matavesi has agreed a new one-year contract with Newcastle Falcons. The 22-year-old centre has helped Newcastle Falcons’ A-team to win the Premiership Rugby Shield’s Northern Conference this season. Director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Joel is a talented young player who shows a lot of promise. “He is a good ball-player …

League Tables

Premiership
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts.
Ampthill0000000
Bedford Blues0000000
Cornish Pirates0000000
Coventry0000000
Doncaster Knights0000000
Ealing Trailfinders0000000
Hartpury College0000000
Jersey Reds0000000
London Scottish0000000
Newcastle Falcons0000000
Nottingham0000000
Yorkshire Carnegie0000000
Championship
POS
TEAM
P
W
D
L
F
A
BP
PTS
1Nottingham1100442015
2Bedford Blues1100341415
3Cornish Pirates1100301015
4Doncaster110020804
5Jersey Reds1100221504
6Newcastle1100171304
7London Scottish1001131711
8Coventry1001152211
9Hartpury RFC100182000
10Yorkshire Carnegie1001143400
11Ealing Trailfinders1001103000
12Ampthill1001204400