Rugby


Newton Abbot’s JJ Taulagi has been included in the Samoa squad of 33. The squad size will be reduced later to 28 for the Autumn Internationals against England and Scotland. Newton Abbot played 24-year-old New Zealand born Taulagi on the wing in Saturday’s 48-42 win over Exmouth, where Taulagi managed to score a try. The …

A LATE try double earned Cornish Pirates two unexpected bonus points as they suffered their fifth defeat in six games. Despite the closeness of the final scoreline though, the Pirates were well beaten by a very impressive Nottingham side. The Pirates paid dearly for having two players sin-binned, with the Midlanders scoring 19 points while …

Taunton Titans’ Hyde Park home will now be called the Commsplus Stadium – after the club’s main sponsor. Commsplus, who are based in Weston-super-Mare, have supported the club for a number of years. Titans spokesman Dick Macey said: “Steve Collard, the owner and CEO, has declared his conviction that Taunton and the Titans are growing …

Bridgwater have signed a young prop with a bright future to bolster their South West One squad. Tight-head Craig Blyde, who hails from New Zealand’s North Island, was on the Bridgwater bench for yesterday’s meeting with front runners Drybrook. Blyde has played for Bay of Plenty U19s in the Jock Hobbs New Zealand National U19 …

Referees at all levels have a difficult job, especially those lower down the pyramid where there are no television match officials or assistant referees, so it is good to hear a head coach praise the work they undertake. Bristol’s Pat Lam did that after last Sunday’s Greene King IPA Championship game at Ashton Gate, and …

Exeter Chiefs forwards coach Rob Hunter hailed the performance of young back rower Sam Simmonds as he scored yet another try in the 34-24 home win over Newcastle Falcons. The 22-year-old scored his fifth Premiership try of the season, his eighth in 12 league games, and his 12th in 17 matches in all competitions. “Sam …

Wellington are showing they have plenty of strength in depth this season. They are being forced to make several changes for each game in the Cornwall and Devon Division, but this has not prevented them winning handsomely recently. Last weekend they triumphed 50-0 away to Plymouth Argaum, despite being forced to make four changes and …

Women’s NC South West One unbeaten leaders St Mary’s Old Boys travel to Bournemouth to face Oakmeadians, while North Petherton host second-placed Ellingham and Ringwood. Yeovil are finding life tough since their promotion as they have yet to register a league point ahead of today’s home game against unbeaten Topsham, who are third in the …

League Tables

Premiership
P
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts.
1Exeter17140349531871
2Saracens17130449935362
3Gloucester17101643136950
4Harlequins1790844541749
5Northampton1780944939541
6Sale1781834538440
7Bath1772836838039
8Wasps17701037143237
9Bristol17601139948136
10Leicester17601136148034
11Worcester17601136842532
12Newcastle Falcons17601131341029
Championship
POS
TEAM
P
W
D
L
F
A
BP
PTS
1London Irish1816026643021579
2Ealing1814045874161571
3Jersey Reds1811074593201357
4Bedford Blues1811075064731357
5Cornish Pirates1880104483981749
6Nottingham18819420473943
7Yorkshire Carnegie188010368473840
8Coventry187110379514939
9Doncaster187011454488836
10London Scottish187011382496836
11Richmond185013344462727
12Hartpury RFC185013311507525