JACK BACK! Nowell returns for champions Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs crestEngland and British Lions wing Jack Nowell makes his first Exeter Chiefs start of the season against London Irish at an expectant Sandy Park this afternoon (1500).

Nowell – a key, try-scoring figure in helping Exeter win the Premiership for the first time last term - replaces fellow Cornishman Max Bodilly, who starts on the bench.

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PERENISE fronts up against European champions

Bath Rugby crestAnthony Perenise makes his first Premiership start since rejoining Bath against European champions Saracens at the Rec today 1400.

The Samoan international – who returned to Bath in summer - replaces Kane Palma-Newport, injured during last Sunday’s thrilling 27-23 win over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

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GLOUCESTER make four changes to winning XV

Gloucester Rugby crestGloucester make four changes to their opening winning line-up for today's Premiership clash at Harlequins.

Three of the changes are in the pack that kicked off the campaign with a pulsating 28-21 home victory over champions Exeter.

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BATH STARTING XV versus Bristol RFC at Clifton

Bath Rugby crestJosh Lewis and James Phillips make their Bath Rugby debuts in today’s pre-season opener against derby rivals Bristol at Clifton RFC (1430).

Lewis, who joined Bath this summer from Welsh Premiership Ebbw Vale will sport the number 10 jersey, while Phillips faces his former club in the second row alongside Elliott Stooke.

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FINAL STARTING XV Chiefs recall player of year

Exeter Chiefs club crest/badge/logoExeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter makes one change to his super semi final winning team for today’s eagerly anticipated Premiership final against table topping Wasps at Twickenham (1430). 

Chiefs supporters player of the year Olly Woodburn returns from a hamstring injury to replace James Short on the wing following last Saturday’s breath-taking 18-16 Sandy Park win over Saracens.

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Joe Simmonds set for Chiefs Premiership debut

Exeter Chiefs logoExeter Chiefs international centres Henry Slade and Michele Campagnaro along with tight-head prop Tomas Francis are on 6 Nations duty and miss today’s home Premiership clash against Newcastle Falcons (1500).

Fellow international Jack Nowell remains unavailable due to England commitments, while leading points-scorer Gareth Steenson (hamstring) is ruled out.

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