Bristol Rugby fell to a 19-33 defeat to Harlequins in an entertaining affair at Cleve RFC on Saturday. In the opening pre-season fixture of the campaign, Pat Lam’s side scored three tries as Sam Jeffries, Ross McMillan and Reiss Cullen went over for the home side. Lam will have learned a lot about his squad …

Bath Rugby’s Tom Dunn, Charlie Ewels, Sam Underhill and Anthony Watson have been named in the England training squad to take part in a pre-season camp at the Lensbury Hotel this weekend. 37 players will attend the three-day camp in Teddington, which begins on Saturday 5 August. Dan Cole, Owen Farrell, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, Jack Nowell, …

Alan Paver and Gavin Cattle took time out from their busy coaching schedule to lead last Sunday’s CRFU Coaches & Officials Day at Newquay Sports Centre. With the general theme ‘Coaching and Officiating the Breakdown’, the inspirational pair, along with Match Officials Panel Manager Steve Harland, delivered sessions incorporating practical demonstrations to help improve the …

EXETER Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter hopes that Wilhelm van der Sluys’ stay at Sandy Park will be longer than the initial one-year contract they have given him. The 25-year-old South African has effectively joined the Chiefs as injury cover for the back-five of the scrum, with back rower Dave Ewers facing a lengthy …

Exeter Chiefs have bolstered their squad ahead of the new 2017/18 season with the acquisition of powerful South African lock Wilhelm van der Sluys. The 25-year-old forward heads to Sandy Park on a one-year deal from Super Rugby side, the Kings, and becomes Rob Baxter’s sixth new addition of the summer, joining the English champions …

Rob Baxter insists there is a “burning desire” amongst the Exeter Chiefs coaching staff to take the Devon club onto even greater things in the future, after he and his three trusty lieutenants – Ali Hepher, Rob Hunter and Ricky Pellow – today all agreed new three-year deals with the Aviva Premiership champions. Baxter will …

Newly-crowned champions Exeter Chiefs will help kick-off the new 2017-18 Aviva Premiership Rugby season, featuring in the opening game on Friday, September 1. The first weekend of the season will see Rob Baxter’s side begin the defence of their title with a mouth-watering encounter against Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm (7:45pm), live on BT Sport. Just …

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