MAT PROTHEROE and Ryan Edwards have committed their futures to Bristol Bears. Both pen new one-year deals as Pat Lam continues to build his exciting squad for the 2019/20 campaign. Edwards, one of the longest serving members of the squad, made his debut in 2011, while Protheroe joined in 2017 ahead of the club’s promotion …

A HOST of West Country youngsters have been named in the England squad for this U18 Six Nations Festival which starts on Thursday. The festival is being hosted by England Rugby at Hartpury University and College will see three sets of fixtures at Gillman’s Ground, Sixways Stadium and Kingsholm. England will face Wales on Saturday, …

WALES international Rhys Priestland has signed a new two-year contract with Bath Rugby. Fly-half Priestland, who has 50 caps for his country, joined Bath ahead of the 2015/16 season and has made 74 appearances for the club, scoring more than 350 points. “This has always been an incredibly important contract for me at this stage of …

TWO former Cornish Pirates players will be returning to the Championship club this summer Centre Nicolas De Battista and prop Jay Tyack have both signed two-year contracts. Argentine De Battista is returning to Mennaye Field after a spell playing for Zebre in Italy. The 28-year-old made 53 appearances for the Pirates in his first two …

PLYMOUTH Albion backs Dan Powell and Josh Skelcey have signed new one-year contracts with the National One club. Full-back Powell has been at Albion for the past three seasons after moving to Brickfields from Exmouth, but he did spend the end of last term playing in Australia. He is now looking forward to next year’s …

FLY-HALF Danny Cipriani has signed a new contract with Premiership side Gloucester. The 31-year-old is believed to have had offers from other English clubs and from abroad but has committed his long-term future to Gloucester by agreeing a new three-year deal. Cipriani moved to Kingsholm last summer from Premiership rival Wasps and has been in …

BRISTOL back Jack Tovey will make the switch to Championship side Ealing Trailfinders at the end of the season after 10 years with the club. The academy graduate has made nearly 200 appearances for Bristol since making his debut as an 18-year-old in November 2009. Bristol head coach Pat Lam said: “Everybody at the Bears …

DEVON JUNIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL TORRINGTON 15 NORTH TAWTON 44 North Tawton moved a step closer to a league and cup double after securing their place in the Devon Junior Cup final with victory over a hard-working Torrington side. Devon One champions North Tawton will now play league runners-up Exeter Athletic in the final on April …

League Tables

Newcastle Falcons11110033913651
Ealing Trailfinders1181240821640
Cornish Pirates1180329215638
Jersey Reds1160528324631
Doncaster Knights1150618925023
Bedford Blues1140720022622
Hartpury College1140718924222
London Scottish1131720424522
Yorkshire Carnegie1000111535401
1Newcastle Falcons13130061
2Ealing Trailfinders13101249
3Cornish Pirates1390443
5Jersey Reds1360732
8Doncaster Knights1360728
9Bedford Blues1350826
10Hartpury University1340924
11London Scottish1331922
12Yorkshire Carnegie1200121