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 …

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

Newcastle Falcons14140044315166
Ealing Trailfinders14111249125353
Cornish Pirates14100434722147
Jersey Reds1460832035032
Bedford Blues1460825328431
Doncaster Knights1460824231628
London Scottish1441929931427
Hartpury College14401022531724
Yorkshire Carnegie1400141927202
1Newcastle Falcons13130061
2Ealing Trailfinders13101249
3Cornish Pirates1390443
6Jersey Reds1360732
8Doncaster Knights1360728
9Bedford Blues1350826
10Hartpury University1340924
11London Scottish1331922
12Yorkshire Carnegie1300131