Bristol Bears’ record-breaking win over Harlequins last Sunday marked a team in high spirits, writes Andrew Clayton. The West Country outfit saw off Quins 28-15 to rack up a fifth consecutive win for the first time in their Premiership history. Luke Morahan got his side off to a dream start with a try in the …

The sporting world is at a crossroads, that even by its standards of delivering the unexpected, very few would have been able to predict, writes Gareth Davies. Just how quickly the week has unfolded within sport is difficult to fathom, even harder to comprehend. It started off with caution, witnessed first-hand by this very newspaper …

Lydney Rugby Club have had their flood-repair fund boosted to the tune of £2,000 by Wales international George North, writes Gareth Davies. The Forest-of-Dean outfits Regentsholme ground was badly damaged by recent flooding caused by Storm Dennis. With the Severnsiders’ home base sitting on a flood plain, they are unable to get adequate insurance cover, …

Damage to Lydney Rugby Club due to floods brought by Storm Dennis are ‘catastrophic’ says the Severnsiders’ chairman Duncan Sleeman, writes Gareth Davies. However, despite the devastation, Sleeman revealed that Lydney have been astounded by the support from businesses and the rugby community, who have all thrown their weight behind the clean-up operation. Remarkably, Lydney’s …

Bristol Bears head coach Pat Lam is keen to put theory into practice when his side return to Premiership action at Northampton Saints today, writes Andrew Clayton. The Ashton Gate outfit ended their last block of games with a 34-16 win over rivals Gloucester back in January. Although the break for the Six Nations disrupted …

The Championship has become renowned as a perennial breeding ground for developing rugby stars of the future. In the case of Exeter Chiefs and Bristol Bears, clubs that are now regular diners at the top table of domestic competition in this country, they built the foundations for their recent success in the second tier, writes …

BATH hooker Tom Dunn could make his England debut on Saturday when England play Scotland at Murrayfield. Dunn has been named on the bench after Exeter Chiefs’ Luke Cowan-Dickie had to leave the squad as his partner had gone into laboour. Gloucester scrum-half come in to start in place of Ben Youngs, while Bath’s Jonathan …

Rugby started off this week hitting the headlines for all the right reasons. But sadly, the last few days has seen the oval-ball sport once again dragged through the gutter because of Saracens and the salary cap, writes Gareth Davies. Although the reigning champions’ financial mismanagement had abated rather than disappeared totally, amidst all the …

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