Rugby


Unusually all ten Tyrrells Premier 15s League sides were in action yesterday afternoon before the competition takes a break over the festive period and returns in mid-January with the final seven rounds before the play-offs. Bristol closed the gap on third-placed Wasps to six points with a 89-0 home victory, their third win in a …

Keynsham have been on a sharp learning curve from the word go in their first sea- son back in South West One. It’s 13 seasons since the Crown Field outfit were last in South West One – and there are no survivors of that last incarnation still playing first XV rugby. The side named to …

Newton Abbot player-coach Matt Jess looks like being sidelined for at least six weeks after suffering a broken cheekbone in the 48-34 home defeat by Bournemouth. The former Chiefs winger, in his first season as a Newton player, was hurt when a Bournemouth knee caught him in the face. Jess went straight to hospital after …

Tight-head prop Nicky Thomas, who has been on loan at Bristol from Scarlets, has joined Dragons until the end of January as cover after Brok Harris was ruled out for four months following shoulder surgery, writes John Harding. Swansea born Thomas, 23, played for Wales under-20s for two seasons and returned to Wales from Gloucester …

Bristol Rugby Community Foundation’s award-winning Eagle Project celebrated the end of term with a school rugby festival at North Bristol RFC on Tuesday. More than 50 girls from three Bristol schools – Abbeywood Community School, Winterbourne International Academy and Colston’s – took part in the festival, where they were joined by England international, Bristol Ladies …

The manner of Exeter’s comprehensive demolition of Bath at Sandy Park last week drew praise from many quarters, not least of all from within the visiting camp, with rugby director Todd Blackadder sportingly admitting his side had been “schooled” by the champion Chiefs. Despite a spirited late comeback that earned them a try-bonus point in …

Jordan Williams is the latest Bristol player to have confirmed his departure at the end of the season to join Guinness PRO14 side Dragons, formerly Newport-Gwent Dragons, with the hope of launching his international career with Wales. Williams, 24, has joined the Drag- ons on a two-year deal, having made 20 appearances for Bristol since …

The fact Cornish Pirates have won six of their last seven games in all competitions, despite all of their injury problems, particularly at hooker, speaks volumes for the work being done by coaches Alan Paver and Gavin Cattle. Many a team would have crumbled over the past few weeks, given the number of members of …

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