ROYAL MARINES Medics Rugby Challenge 2015

medics rugby challenge logoSouth West Sports News is supporting the 7th Medics Rugby Challenge in aid of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund which takes place at Plymouth Albion RFC, Brickfields, tonight.

The feast of rugby - organised by city-based surgeon Anthony Lambert - begins at 1730 with a grassroots game between Plymouth-based Devonport Services Under 16s and their Ivybridge counterparts (gates open 1630).

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PREMIERSHIP kicks off with Bath vs Exeter derby

Bath Rugby host South West rivals Exeter Chiefs at the Recreation Ground on the opening day of the new 2015-16 Aviva Premiership season, Saturday October 17.

Gloucester Rugby start the new season at Newcastle Falcons before hosting defending champions Saracens on the second Saturday of the new top flight term October 24.

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SW RUGBY Bath back Woodburn winging way to Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs have strengthened their back-three options ahead of the 2015/16 season with the capture of try-scoring winger Olly Woodburn from Aviva Premiership rivals Bath Rugby.

The 23-year-old Keynsham born back is one of two new arrivals confirmed by head coach Rob Baxter today, joining England and British Lions lock Geoff Parling in agreeing terms on a two-year deal with the Sandy Park outfit.

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CHIEFS Parling to begin "new chapter" at Exeter

Exeter Chiefs logoGeoff Parling is ready to start a new chapter of his playing career after today agreeing terms on a two-year contract with Exeter Chiefs.

The England and British Lions forward is Rob Baxter’s first major signing ahead of the 2015/16 season and joins Chiefs from Aviva Premiership rivals Leicester Tigers.

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GLOUCESTER RUGBY New front row signed-on

Gloucester Rugby crestGloucester Rugby have added to next season's front row options by signing Harlequins' Paul Doran-Jones, Aurillac's Paddy McAllister and Ospreys' Nicky Thomas.

The 2015-16 season will have a different structure than usual due to Rugby World Cup 2015. There will be no breaks in the fixture calendar once the Aviva Premiership kicks off so strength in depth will be even more important than usual.

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BATH RUGBY Ewels and Dunn step up

Bath rugby logoAcademy players Charlie Ewels and Tom Dunn have renewed their contracts to start as senior squad at Bath Rugby.

Ewels, 19, has enjoyed a meteoric rise this season which has seen the England U20s lock captain the first team and make his starting debut for Bath against European giants Toulouse.

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