Rugby


INJURY has ruled Exeter Chiefs winger Jack Nowell out of Saturday’s Quilter International match against Australia at Twickenham. The Cornishman has been struggling with a hamstring problem and his absence hands Bath’s Joe Cokanasiga a second start for his country. Nowell’s Exeter team-mates Henry Slade and Ben Moon do come back into England’s starting line-up …

CORNISH rugby player Merryn Doidge will start at full-back for England Women’s National Academy XV against Canada A at Cobham RFC on Wednesday (KO 7.30pm). Doidge moving from the bench to the starting line-up is one of three changes the England side make after narrowly losing 25-24 to USA last week.  The other changes see …

ENGLAND Women sealed a 27-19 victory over Canada, scoring five tries on the way to victory at Doncaster’s Castle Park in the second of their three Quilter Internationals. The Red Roses led 15-7 at the break, outscoring their opponents by three tries to one. Hooker Lark Davies scored two of England’s tries, with Poppy Cleall …

A LAST-gasp penalty try gave Exeter Chiefs a great comeback win over Bristol Bears that keeps them unbeaten and top of the Gallagher Premiership table. The Chiefs eventually triumphed 31-29 at Ashton Gate when referee Greg Macdonald ruled Bristol had illegally brought down a rolling maul. Exeter had been 26-12 down early in the second …

ENGLAND claimed a hard-fought four-try 35-15 victory over Japan to get back to winning ways and seal a second win in their November Quilter Internationals. Eddie Jones’ side trailed 15-10 at the break despite taking an early lead through Danny Care’s converted try. Japan got back into the game with Yu Tamura’s penalty while Ryoto …

BATH winger Joe Cokanasiga will make his England debut against Japan on Saturday as head coach Eddie Jones makes 11 changes for the third Quilter International at Twickenham Stadium (3pm). Exeter’s Jack Nowell (pictured) will get a chance to try and impress at centre, alongside Saracens’ Alex Lozowki, while Chris Ashton moves from the right …

EXETER Chiefs forward Sam Skinner will win his second cap for Scotland on Saturday after been named in their starting line-up  to face South Africa at Murrayfield. The 23-year-old earned his first cap last weekend as Scotland overcame a Fiji side that featured Cornish Pirates hooker Sam Matavesi 54-17. Skinner is one of five players …

AN England National Women’s Academy side narrowly lost 25-24 to a United States Select XV at Newbury RFC on Tuesday. England had gone 14-3 up with tries by tries from Saracens pair Bryony Cleall and Georgina Lingham both of which Ellie Green converted. But the visitors fought back through scores from Evan Hoese as well …

League Tables

Premiership
P
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts.
1Saracens990031418642
2Exeter980128817040
3Gloucester951324619828
4Wasps950422326024
5Harlequins940522220824
6Bath932418922019
7Bristol930621827218
8Leicester930621429218
9Worcester930621121417
10Northampton930620621417
11Sale931516020916
12Newcastle Falcons930616221015
Championship
POS
TEAM
P
W
D
L
F
A
BP
PTS
1London Irish9801326149739
2Ealing9702321256735
3Jersey RFC9603274173832
4Nottingham9603257221630
5Bedford Blues9603236234630
6Cornish Pirates95042802401030
7Coventry9405177245521
8London Scottish9306203260618
9Doncaster9306220245517
10Richmond9306201218416
11Hartpury College9207155270311
12Yorkshire Carnegie910813527437