SAM MATAVESI returns to the Cornish Pirates’ starting line-up for their big home match against league leaders London Irish on Saturday (2.30pm). The teams have already played each other three times this season. In the October away league match, the Pirates lost 38-29 and they were beaten again at the Madejski Stadium in November, going down …

MAX CLARK has signed a new contract with Premiership club Bath. The academy product has made nearly 50 appearances for the club after making his first team debut in the 47-7 victory against London Welsh in 2014. A powerful and agile runner, Clark has made 12 appearances in all competitions this season and brings a …

FORMER Cornish Pirates, Bristol and Cornwall prop Jamal Ford-Robinson will join Gloucester in the summer from fellow Premiership club Northampton. The 25-year-old, who can play on both sides of the front-row, moved to Franklin’s Gardens from Bristol at the start of last season. He was a regular in his first season at the Saints, making …

HOOKER Dan Frost and back-row forward John Stevens are the latest Cornish Pirates players to sign new contracts with the Championship club. Frost, 21, has signed for a further year after making 26 appearances for the Pirates, while Stevens, a product of Penzance & Newlyn’s youth section, has penned a new two-year deal. Co-coach Alan …

EXETER Chiefs have bolstered their squad for next season by signing Tom Price from the Scarlets. The 26-year-old lock is Rob Baxter’s third confirmed new arrival ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, joining on a two-year deal. He will further bolster Baxter’s options in the second-row, coming just days after the Chiefs also confirmed the arrival …

TAVISTOCK rugby player Luke Northmore has been handed a chance at the big time after signing for Premiership giants Harlequins. The 22-year-old former Tavistock College pupil has caught the attention of Quins after impressing for Cardiff Met University. The centre will moved to the Stoop this summer ahead of the 2019/20. Northmore starred in Tavistock …

SOUTH African-born Wilhelm Van Der Sluys has left Exeter Chiefs to take up a contract with Super Rugby outfit the Lions. The 27-year-old, who has been at Sandy Park for two seasons, said his goodbye to everyone at Sandy Park this week. Van Der Sluys initially arrived in Devon in 2017 on a one-year deal, …

EXETER Chiefs’ Rus Tuima will make his first England Under-20 start when they play Italy in the fourth round of the Six Nations Championship at Bedford’s Goldington Road on Friday (7.45pm). Tuima, who is dual-registered with his home-town club Plymouth Albion, will line-up at number eight as head coach Steve Bates makes three changes to …

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