Rugby


Hayle chairman Frank Partridge has called for leniency from the Rugby Football Union, with a proposed promotion to the Cornwall/Devon League putting the club’s existence under serious threat, writes Tom Howe. Speaking exclusively to The Independent, Partridge admitted Hayle was in danger of following in the footsteps left by neighbours St Ives and Lanner, who …

There is change under way at Old Redcliffians, as a new shift of familiar faces look to rebuild the club they grew up and fell in love with, writes Andrew Clayton. On the field, an unfortunate campaign in National League Two South this year saw the first team relegated down to South West Premier, based …

Bournemouth head coach and player Mike Pope feels his side would not have finished bottom of National League Two South had the full season been played – but admits that a lack of experience did not help their efforts, writes Andrew Clayton. The Lions were in last place with five fixtures remaining when the Rugby …

World Cup runner-up and Premiership star Jonny May will return to Gloucester at the end of the 2019-20 season. The wing, who hails from Chiseldon in Wiltshire, made the high-profile switch to Leicester Tigers after eight years at the Kingsholm Stadium. However, after a self-described ‘challenging’ period at Tigers, May will once again don the …

Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Jack Maunder has penned a new deal with the Devonians and hailed the winning mentality of his side as ‘amazing’. The 22-year-old follows fellow England internationals Harry Williams and Ben Moon by committing his future to the Chiefs, as the club stands on the cusp of becoming domestic rugby’s dominant force on …

With Championship rugby coming to an unsurprising, but totally justifiable halt recently, the Cornish Pirates have announced two departures. Firstly, it was revealed that director of rugby Chris Sterling was taking a sabbatical away from the Mennaye Field for the second time in recent years. After joining the Penzance based outfit in 2008 as a consultant, he …

The bracing impact of coronavirus upon grassroots sport has been felt by every individual involved, but particularly by those who also work in the medical field. Doctors, nurses, physicians and carers in the West Country, and the entire nation, have all been put under enormous strain in recent weeks as Covid-19 grips harder. As a …

Bristol Bears scrum-half Nic Stirzaker will leave the club to join Montauban in the French PROD2 at the end of the campaign, writes Andrew Clayton. The Australian made 18 appearances over two seasons at Ashton Gate, following a short spell at Saracens after four years with Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby. However, he has struggled …

League Tables

Premiership
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts.
Newcastle Falcons14140044315166
Ealing Trailfinders14111249125353
Cornish Pirates14100434722147
Ampthill1481535536740
Coventry1471636429239
Jersey Reds1460832035032
Nottingham1460830825432
Bedford Blues1460825328431
Doncaster Knights1460824231628
London Scottish1441929931427
Hartpury College14401022531724
Yorkshire Carnegie1400141927202
Championship
POS
TEAM
P
W
D
L
PTS
1Newcastle Falcons13130061
2Ealing Trailfinders13101249
3Cornish Pirates1390443
4Coventry1371539
5Ampthill1371536
6Jersey Reds1360732
7Nottingham1360731
8Doncaster Knights1360728
9Bedford Blues1350826
10Hartpury University1340924
11London Scottish1331922
12Yorkshire Carnegie1300131