Rugby


CORNISH Pirates lock Brett Beukeboom is set to miss at least the first two months of the season after undergoing neck surgery. The 27-year-old former Plymouth Albion forward suffered the injury playing for Canada in their World Cup qualifiers earlier this summer. He is facing 10 to 12 weeks out of action and his injury …

SIGNING New Zealand international Charlie Piutau from Ulster on a two-year deal from the start of the 2018/19 season is a clear indication of the power that having Pat Lam as their head coach is giving Bristol’s recruitment. Bristol have clear ambitions under Lam of making a quick return to the Aviva Premiership, which should …

ENGLAND’S women fell agonisingly short of lifting rugby’s World Cup last night. They were relentlessly reeled in by New Zealand after leading 17-5 at one stage in the first half. The Black Ferns overcame a first half yellow card to close the gap on England by half-time, and stepped up the pace after the break. …

The Red Roses were beaten in the Women’s Rugby World Cup final 32-41 to New Zealand at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. As the top two ranked sides in the world, both teams produced an engaging game, where the lead changed between them five times. Emily Scarratt said of the final “Gutted is an understatement …

The Red Roses have reached the 2017 Woman’s World Cup Final after overcoming France 20-3. They will face off against New Zealand on Saturday at the Ulster’s Kingspan Stadium. England have now reached the last five finals. Their upcoming opponents, New Zealand have won three of those finals against the Red Roses. England: 15. Danielle …

TWO down and two to go with Harlequins and Bath having provided Premiership opposition for Bristol in pre-season friendlies, but now the action has a Celtic flavour with Scarlets visiting Clifton RFC on Saturday (2.30 pm). Bristol’s new head coach Pat Lam will take his side to Galway for their final pre-season game to face …

PLYMOUTH Albion back row favourite Eoghan Grace predicts his return to the club will coincide with one of the tightest National League One title races ever as the Brickfields outfit look to reclaim the place in the Championship they lost in 2015. Grace spent last season at promotion rivals Coventry following the financial problems that …

SOUTH African back row forward Ruan Ackermann is set to join Gloucester from Super Rugby finalists the Lions, subject to visa clearance. Ackermann has been an ever-present in a strong and dominant back row for the Johannesburg based outfit, and moves to Kingsholm after helping the Lions finish as runners-up in this season’s Super Rugby …

League Tables

Premiership
P
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