CHIEFS SET PRE-SEASON PIRATES DATE

exeter chiefs rygby logoExeter head coach Rob Baxter says he is looking forward to his side's pre-season programme after the Chiefs today confirmed their three warm-up fixtures ahead of the 2011-2012 Aviva Premiership season.

The top Devon club will kick-off their programme with a trip to Irish Magners League outfit Connacht on Saturday August 13 (1500) before travelling to Championship side Cornish Pirates on Saturday August 20 (1700).

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EXETER GREAT IN BUCS SEVENS PLATE

Durham University edged out University of Wales Institute Cardiff in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Sevens Championship at Preston Grasshoppers.

The two-day Preston event was the product of five regional qualification festivals in which over 40 teams participated.

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RUGBY UNION Chiefs issue Gael Force update

Exeter Chiefs’ season ticket holders have until Friday October 23 to reserve their seats for the British & Irish Cup game against Scottish side Gael Force.

All seats not taken up by season ticket holders will be released to the general public for purchase.

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HULL TAKES OVER FROM HILL AT BRISTOL

Bristol Rugby chief executive officer Steve Gorvett has confirmed that head coach Richard Hill has left the club.

Gorvett explained: "We had already agreed with Richard that he would be leaving the club at the end of the season but given the position we are in believe it to be more appropriate for Richard to leave now and for Paul Hull to take over as head coach."

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