Rugby


Wessex and Exeter Youth are waiting for confirmation from the RFU that their proposed merger can go through in time for next season. As revealed in this column last week, the adult-only Wessex club had been in talks with Exeter Youth about joining forces. Wessex has no youth section, despite trying to set one up, …

Gloucester Rugby will travel to Kingston Park to play Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership tonight at 19:45 GMT. Gloucester will be looking to continue their three match winning streak in the Aviva Premiership. Making four changes to the team that beat Saracens last week, Gloucester pair Jake Polledri and James Hanson will make their …

EXETER Chiefs returned to the top of the Aviva Premiership table, but they will no doubt play far better this season and lose. It was an error-strewn performance perhaps half expected from a group of players who had not faced a competitive game for three weeks, but to still produce a bonus-point win against a …

Steven Luatua returns to lead Bristol in Friday evening’s GKIPA Championship match away to Yorkshire Carnegie, kick off 8 pm, after being left on the bench throughout last week’s win over Rotherham Titans. Bristol head coach Pat Lam said that Luatua had been fitting fit and raring to go for the Titans match, if required, …

Exeter Chiefs centre Ollie Devoto is so pleased to be back playing again, after missing the opening two months of the season with a very frustrating injury, writes Nigel Walrond. The 24-year-old Yeovil-born back was relishing the start of the new campaign, having played a key part in helping Exeter win the Premiership title last …

The futures of the Championship and British & Irish Cup are always high up the agenda and today I can reveal there will be significant change next season. Whilst a proposal to expand the Championship from 12 to 14 teams from 2018-19 has been placed on temporary hold, the unloved British & Irish Cup will …

English rugby is littered with fly-halves who have been billed as the next big thing but, for whatever reason, fail to fulfil their potential at Test match level. Many people still despise Rob Andrew for keeping Bath’s gifted playmaker Stuart Barnes out of the Red Rose team, while more recently, Shane Geraghty, Ryan Lamb and …

CORNISH Pirates registered a fourth successive win in all competitions with a hard-fought victory over two-places-higher Hartpury at a sunny, but blustery, Mennaye Field. Winger Kyle Moyle’s eighth league try of the season sealed the triumph after Hartpury threatened with a second-half rally, having trailed 10-0 at the break. Pirates coach Gavin Cattle said: “We …

League Tables

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