SW RUGBY SHORTS Clifton and Exmouth into cup finals

Devon 1 rugby shirt South West Sports News imagesClifton RFC will meet Cleve RFC in the Bristol & District Rugby Combination Cup final a week today at Cleve RFC.

Clifton beat Old Redcliffians 25-5 last night to seal their place in next Wednesday’s final.

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SW RUGBY SHORTS New Bath Combination finals date

Combination Finals night at Bath Rugby’s Recreation Ground has been rescheduled Wednesday April 25 following “adverse weather conditions over the last few days”.

The finals – Chippenham RFC vs Keynsham RFC in the cup and Corsham RFC vs Stothert & Pitt RFC in the vase – were originally scheduled to take place on April 11.

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RUGBY ROUND-UP Exeter surge clear at summit

Defending champions Exeter Chiefs surged seven points clear of Wasps at the Premiership summit following a 24-14 top of the table win over play-off rivals Saracens at Sandy Park.

Three first half penalties from fly half Joe Simmonds and a try from full back Phil Dollman gave the hosts a slender 14-12 half time advantage as the visitors countered with tries from Schalk Brits and Ben Earl, converted by Ben Spencer.

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ENGLAND RUGBY first call up for Devon's Simmonds

england rugby logoExeter Chiefs’ Sam Simmonds has had his first call up into the England Rugby squad ahead of next month’s autumn internationals series.

The 22-year-old Torquay-born back row forward from Teignmouth has made 27 Exeter first team appearances, scoring 13 tries and was a key member of the Chiefs' Premiership title winning side earlier this year. 

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EXETER CHIEFS Aussie ace: Champions can kick on

Exeter Chiefs logoExeter Chiefs new scrum half Nic White is hoping Exeter Chiefs can kick-on at Worcester on Friday after beating London Irish 37-3 on his home debut for the defending Premiership champions.

“We concentrated a lot this week on defence and I thought our defence won us the game today,” said the 27-year-old Australian international, who swapped life in France with Montpellier this summer for a new start in Devon.

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EXETER CHIEFS driven by different desire - Steenson

Exeter Chiefs Rugby crest/logo/badgeGareth Steenson insists Exeter Chiefs are a much different outfit to a year ago as they gear up for tomorrow’s Aviva Premiership Final against table topping Wasps at Twickenham (1430ko).

Rob Baxter’s side booked a return trip to English Rugby HQ by sinking reigning Premiership and European champions Saracens 18-16 in a pulsating encounter in front of 12,436 at Sandy Park.

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