Rugby Union


GLOUCESTER’S Ollie Thorley has been named Gallagher Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for November. The wing was in exceptional form in November, scoring a brace of unforgettable tries as his side established themselves in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby top four. Thorley was presented with his award by Gallagher Community Hero, Ron Etheridge, who works …

FORMER Gloucester favourite Akapusi Qera has joined Championship side Hartpury for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. The Fijian international, universally known as ‘Q’, has been a free agent since the end of last season when he left French Top14 club Agen. He has been training with Hartpury for the last few weeks and is …

A HOST of West Country players have been named in the England Under-20 training squad for the 2018/19 season. Head coach Steve Bates has selected 45 players to attend a development camp. The camp will take place at Loughborough University from this Friday until Sunday. It will give pathway coaches an opportunity to assess players …

INJURY has ruled Exeter Chiefs winger Jack Nowell out of Saturday’s Quilter International match against Australia at Twickenham. The Cornishman has been struggling with a hamstring problem and his absence hands Bath’s Joe Cokanasiga a second start for his country. Nowell’s Exeter team-mates Henry Slade and Ben Moon do come back into England’s starting line-up …

ENGLAND Women sealed a 27-19 victory over Canada, scoring five tries on the way to victory at Doncaster’s Castle Park in the second of their three Quilter Internationals. The Red Roses led 15-7 at the break, outscoring their opponents by three tries to one. Hooker Lark Davies scored two of England’s tries, with Poppy Cleall …

EXETER Chiefs scrum-half Jack Maunder could be excused for feeling miffed right now. After playing a huge hand in Chiefs’ Premiership title success last season and being capped on England’s subsequent tour of Argentina, the 20-year-old home-grown pivot has tasted just 21 minutes of league action this season – in the first game at Gloucester! …