Rugby


SOUTH African-born Wilhelm Van Der Sluys has left Exeter Chiefs to take up a contract with Super Rugby outfit the Lions. The 27-year-old, who has been at Sandy Park for two seasons, said his goodbye to everyone at Sandy Park this week. Van Der Sluys initially arrived in Devon in 2017 on a one-year deal, …

EXETER Chiefs’ Rus Tuima will make his first England Under-20 start when they play Italy in the fourth round of the Six Nations Championship at Bedford’s Goldington Road on Friday (7.45pm). Tuima, who is dual-registered with his home-town club Plymouth Albion, will line-up at number eight as head coach Steve Bates makes three changes to …

ENGLAND Women are set to play in front of a record crowd when they take on Italy at Exeter Chiefs’ Sandy Park on Saturday (12.05pm). Already more than 9,000 tickets have been sold for the Six Nations match. That is record for a home fixture outside of the Women’s Rugby World Cup. England players Marlie …

EXETER’S Nic White insists Saturday’s victory over Sale Sharks was one to ‘cherish’ as the Chiefs continue to lead the way in the Gallagher Premiership. Rob Baxter’s side were made to fight all the way by a Sharks outfit, who hit back from a 15-0 half-time deficit before the Chiefs eventually ran out 20-14 winners …

BACK-ROW forward Matt Bolwell and winger Alex O’Meara are the latest Cornish Pirates to have signed new contracts with the club. Bolwell has penned a deal for a further two years and O’Meara for one. Injuries had unfortunately hampered Bolwell’s playing time after he made his debut for the Cornish Pirates at the start of …

EXETER ATHLETIC 10 NORTH TAWTON 23 North Tawton moved a massive step closer to securing the Devon One title by beating promotion rivals Exeter Athletic away on Saturday. The win means North Tawton, who only have three games left to play, are 11 points clear of Athletic, who do have four matches to play. There …

BRISTOL Bears claimed their first win in 11 years over their West Country rivals Gloucester on Friday night at Ashton Gate. Bristol won a thriller 28-24 to move up to ninth in the Premiership table and 13 points clear of bottom side Newcastle Falcons, while Gloucester stay in fourth, despite the defeat. Former Gloucester man …

BRISTOL Bears are able to welcome back Luke Morahan from injury for Friday’s highly-anticipated West Country derby against Gloucester at Ashton Gate (7.45pm). The Australian winger, who has been unavailable with a facial laceration, is one of five changes Bristol make to the side that picked up a valuable bonus point in their last outing …

League Tables

Premiership
P
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts.
1Exeter19150456636477
2Saracens19140554638868
3Gloucester19121649842360
4Harlequins19901048146550
5Wasps19901042546747
6Northampton19901050045446
7Bath1982941742645
8Sale1991939044044
9Bristol19701244152841
10Leicester19701240855438
11Worcester19701242347037
12Newcastle Falcons19601334746330
Championship
POS
TEAM
P
W
D
L
F
A
BP
PTS
1London Irish2018027563211789
2Ealing2016046674491781
3Bedford Blues2012085735361664
4Jersey Reds2012085113821462
5Cornish Pirates2080124774591850
6Yorkshire Carnegie2010010424495949
7Nottingham2091104715391048
8London Scottish2080124295461042
9Doncaster208012494530941
10Coventry2071124205811141
11Hartpury RFC206014351590630
12Richmond205015396541929