Rugby


Bath Rugby has announced that head coach Tabai Matson will be leaving to return to New Zealand for family reasons. Tabai Matson leaves with the support of Bath Rugby. Director of Rugby Todd Blackadder said, “Tabs has done an exceptional job preparing the team for the new season. I know this has been a tough …

Exeter Chiefs’ Italian centre Michele Campagnaro is scheduled to be sidelined for up to nine months with knee ligament damage and could miss the rest of the season. Campagnaro picked up the injury in a pre-season game against Cardiff. Exeter boss Rob Baxter said of the situation “Campo looks relatively serious. I think he’s going …

BATH have announced that tight-head prop Anthony Perenise will be rejoining the club in time for the start of the 2017/18 season. Perenise, who spent three years with Bath between 2011-2014, is a vastly experienced front row, with excellent set-piece skills and a dynamic playing style in the loose. He made 85 appearances in his …

GLOUCESTER have confirmed that scrum-half Willi Heinz has been named as the club’s new captain ahead of the new 2017/18 season. The scrum-half assumes the role having captained the side a number of times during his time at the club, taking over from Greig Laidlaw. Heinz arrived at the Cherry and Whites from the Crusaders …

FORME Cornish Pirates fly-half Kieran Hallett has hung up his boots to concentrate on his head coach role at Plymouth Albion. The 32-year-old joined the National League One club as player-backs coach last summer after four years at the Mennaye Field, but he was promoted to head coach after Dan Parkes stood down from the …

EXETER Chiefs back rower Don Armand admitted it had been a ‘tough’ workout as they went down 21-20 to Cardiff Blues in their last pre-season friendly before their Premiership opener at Gloucester on Friday night. It was the first time the Chiefs have lost a pre-season game in several years, and it was their first …

FORGET the sunshine of the training camps in places like Portugal, Italy, Spain, Cyprus, France and Tenerife, because head coach Pat Lam took his Bristol squad to the nearby facilities at Clifton College for their final preparations. After pre-season games against two Aviva Premiership sides and two from the Guinness Pro14 league, Bristol now turn …

EXETER Chiefs forwards coach Rob Hunter admitted he was ‘pretty pleased’ after pre-season friendly victories over Cornish Pirates (47-15) and Dragons (50-24). The Chiefs split their squad between the back-to-back games, with a much stronger side taking on the Pro14 Welshmen. ‘There was a lot of stuff we were looking to get into the Dragons …

League Tables

Premiership
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Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts.
1Exeter22170563043886
2Saracens22160664444078
3Gloucester22131858751568
4Northampton221101159052156
5Harlequins221001254452856
6Bath221021048148056
7Sale22112946250455
8Wasps221001248355251
9Bristol22911250358051
10Worcester22901349155746
11Leicester22701547863241
12Newcastle Falcons22601639554131
12London Irish22301938565122
Championship
POS
TEAM
P
W
D
L
F
A
BP
PTS
1London Irish2220028353401999
2Ealing2217057335031886
3Bedford Blues2213096326031769
4Jersey Reds22120105544421563
5Cornish Pirates22100125565071959
6Yorkshire Carnegie22110114755491155
7Nottingham22101115085971052
8Coventry2291124976371351
9London Scottish2280144686161143
10Doncaster2280145466171042
11Hartpury RFC227015415634836
12Richmond226016430604933