ENGLAND Women are set to play in front of a record crowd when they take on Italy at Exeter Chiefs’ Sandy Park on Saturday (12.05pm). Already more than 9,000 tickets have been sold for the Six Nations match. That is record for a home fixture outside of the Women’s Rugby World Cup. England players Marlie …

EXETER’S Nic White insists Saturday’s victory over Sale Sharks was one to ‘cherish’ as the Chiefs continue to lead the way in the Gallagher Premiership. Rob Baxter’s side were made to fight all the way by a Sharks outfit, who hit back from a 15-0 half-time deficit before the Chiefs eventually ran out 20-14 winners …

BACK-ROW forward Matt Bolwell and winger Alex O’Meara are the latest Cornish Pirates to have signed new contracts with the club. Bolwell has penned a deal for a further two years and O’Meara for one. Injuries had unfortunately hampered Bolwell’s playing time after he made his debut for the Cornish Pirates at the start of …

EXETER ATHLETIC 10 NORTH TAWTON 23 North Tawton moved a massive step closer to securing the Devon One title by beating promotion rivals Exeter Athletic away on Saturday. The win means North Tawton, who only have three games left to play, are 11 points clear of Athletic, who do have four matches to play. There …

BRISTOL Bears claimed their first win in 11 years over their West Country rivals Gloucester on Friday night at Ashton Gate. Bristol won a thriller 28-24 to move up to ninth in the Premiership table and 13 points clear of bottom side Newcastle Falcons, while Gloucester stay in fourth, despite the defeat. Former Gloucester man …

BRISTOL Bears are able to welcome back Luke Morahan from injury for Friday’s highly-anticipated West Country derby against Gloucester at Ashton Gate (7.45pm). The Australian winger, who has been unavailable with a facial laceration, is one of five changes Bristol make to the side that picked up a valuable bonus point in their last outing …

CORNISH Pirates will be hoping to return to winning ways when they travel to Lady Bay on Friday evening to face Nottingham in the Greene King IPA Championship (7.45pm). The Pirates have suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of Ealing Trailfinders in the last two weeks, including in the Championship Cup semi-finals last Sunday. It …

BRISTOL Bears’ Alapati Leiua has been banned for four weeks for striking Harlequins’ Marcus Smith in a match on February 16. Leiua appeared before an independent disciplinary panel on Wednesday night. The Bristol player contested the charge of striking with arm contrary to Law 9.12, but was given a four-week suspension by the panel comprising …

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