Nigel Walrond

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Plymouth Albion head coach Kieran Hallett can look back on the past 12 months with a great deal of satisfaction. It was early in December 2016 that he took over the reins at Brickfields after Dan Parkes had stepped down from his position. Hallett had been player-backs coach after making the move from Greene King …

24th December 2017 in: Plymouth Albion

Plymouth Argyle’s away fans are renowned for being some of the most devoted in the country, and now they have received national recognition for their efforts. A new survey has revealed they will pay more to follow their side over the Christmas period than the supporters of any other League team. The Green Army will …

24th December 2017 in: Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth Albion will bring the curtain down on their 2017 action with a visit to mid-table Esher on Saturday. They will then enjoy a fortnight’s break over the festive period before entertaining Bishop’s Stortford at the Brickfields on Saturday, January 6. Albion went into Sunday’s home match with Old Albanian off the back of a …

22nd December 2017 in: Plymouth Albion

Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter said the defeat in Leinster had highlighted how much the mistakes you make and a lack of accuracy can hurt you. Exeter led 17-3 in the first half, but they allowed that advantage to slip away as Leinster made it back-to-back wins against the English champions. “I was …

17th December 2017 in: Exeter Chiefs
Cornish Pirates

Cornish Pirates should be able to make some more definite decisions over their hooker position in the next week or so. Tom Cowan-Dickie should have a firm diagnosis on his shoulder injury later this week, while the future of on-loan Taunton Titans front rower Dan Frost – who has scored two tries in two games …

17th December 2017 in: Cornish Pirates

Newton Abbot player-coach Matt Jess looks like being sidelined for at least six weeks after suffering a broken cheekbone in the 48-34 home defeat by Bournemouth. The former Chiefs winger, in his first season as a Newton player, was hurt when a Bournemouth knee caught him in the face. Jess went straight to hospital after …

17th December 2017 in: Rugby
Gillingham FC manager Goal line technology

Gillingham boss Steve Lovell called for goal line technology to be introduced to the lower leagues of English football after his side had what appeared to be a perfectly good goal ruled out in their 2-1 defeat at Plymouth Argyle. Former Yeovil Town striker Tom Eaves’ volley crossed the line after it escaped the clutches …

11th December 2017 in: Football

The fact Cornish Pirates have won six of their last seven games in all competitions, despite all of their injury problems, particularly at hooker, speaks volumes for the work being done by coaches Alan Paver and Gavin Cattle. Many a team would have crumbled over the past few weeks, given the number of members of …

10th December 2017 in: Cornish Pirates

Plymouth Albion’s 29-3 National League one victory over Hull Ionians last weekend at Brickfields came at a cost. Former Exeter Chiefs and Cornish Pirates winger Jack Arnott dislocated his shoulder and joins fellow back Robin Wedlake and No.8 Herbie Stupple on the sidelines as long- term casualties. “We couldn’t put the shoulder back in on …

10th December 2017 in: Plymouth Albion
Exeter Chiefs vs Bath Rugby

Four Bath tries in the final 14 minutes rather took the gloss off what had been an outstanding Exeter Chiefs performance as they stretched their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership table to eight points. Bath, who turned up at Sandy Park in third place in the table and with only one defeat …

5th December 2017 in: Bath Rugby, Exeter Chiefs