Bridgwater and Albion coach Simon Morrell has been busy plugging gaps in his squad to cope with a nightmare start to the season. Going into yesterday’s trip to Bideford there were 13 men on the injury list. Morrell hoped to have four new players in the side – some of them old faces returning to …

In their first home game of the season Exeter Chiefs, without ever hitting top gear, notched the all important first win of the campaign by seeing off the challenge of newly promoted London Irish. A clearly pleased Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter reflecting on game said, “We had control of the game and although …

Sarah Hunter, who led England to the final of the 2017 Women’s World Cup, is leaving Bristol Ladies to take up a post as a performance coach with the new Loughborough Lightning franchise in the Tyrrell’s Women’s Premier 15s. Hunter will also be heading up the university side in British Universities & Colleges Sports side …

Newton Abbot’s new player-coach Matt Jess said, after his first view of Level Five rugby, that the season is going to be a challenge. Jess was one of the last survivors of Exeter Chiefs’ Championship side to transition to the Premiership successfully when he left Sandy Park at the end of last season. Before joining …

Plymouth Albion will be heading into the unknown on Saturday as they make their first ever visit to Bishop’s Stortford. The Hertfordshire-based side won promotion at the end of last season as National Two South champions, and are now playing at the highest level in their 97-year history. They made an impressive start to life …

NEW Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann refused to get carried away after an opening-day 28-21 victory over Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs. An injury-time try by new signing Jason Woodward settled a remarkable West Country derby at Kingsholm on Friday night, leaving Exeter with only a losing bonus point to show for their efforts. ‘We couldn’t …

Prop Scott Andrews has joined Bath Rugby as short-term injury cover. Andrews arrives on loan from Cardiff Blues, where he has made over 142 appearances in his 12 years. He has also won 13 caps for Wales. The Club can also confirm that Australian international hooker Nathan Charles has also extended his contract until October. …

CORNISH Pirates coach Alan Paver is determined to make life difficult for Championship favourites Bristol when they visit the Mennaye Field next Sunday (2.30 pm). The Pirates lost their opening game of the season 29-28 at Ealing Trailfinders yesterday, but they famously beat Bristol 45-38 in 2015 – their only defeat in the regular season. …

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