EXETER CHIEFS Armand and Welch back in pack

exeter chiefs rugby crestExeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter keeps faith in an unchanged, exciting back division but makes four changes in the pack for today’s eagerly anticipated Aviva Premiership game at London Irish (1500ko).

Props Carl Rimmer and Tomas Francis come into the front-row, Damian Welch returns in the second row, while Don Armand - who missed last weekend’s game due to the birth of his first son – is recalled at openside flanker.


BATH RUGBY Attwood to make 100th appearance

Bath rugby logoInternational second row forward Dave Attwood is set to make his 100th Bath Rugby appearance in today’s eagerly anticipated Aviva Premiership match at home to Wasps at the Recreation Ground, 1500ko.

Bristol born Attwood, one of England Rugby’s standout players in the recent Autumn series, is named at lock alongside Bath Rugby skipper Stuart Hooper. 


GLOUCESTER RUGBY Dawidiuk and May hit centuries

gloucester rugby shieldCornish hooker Darren Dawidiuk and England wing Jonny May are set to make their 100th competitive appearance for Gloucester Rugby against Saracens at Kingsholm tonight (1945ko).

Truro-born Dawidiuk, 27, and Swindon-born May, 24, are named in an unchanged starting XV from the Cherry & Whites side that edged a Westcountry Premiership thriller 26-25 at Exeter.


U20 COUNTY RUGBY Gloucestershire name starting XV

Gloucestershire Rugby Football Union shieldCinderford RFC second row forward Angus Hodges leads Gloucestershire in a must-win National Under 20 Championships game against Devon at his home club on Sunday (1430ko). 

The University of Gloucestershire student will be hoping his county U20 team-mates survive Saturday’s league games as defeat to Devon will see Gloucestershire fail to reach the knock-out stages for the first time.


EXETER CHIEFS starting XV vs Gloucester

Exeter Chiefs Rugby crestFourth placed Chiefs retain unchanged back division for 12,500 Sandy Park sell-out Premiership clash against ninth placed Gloucester.

Knock to Damian Welch’s knee means he misses out and is replaced by Mitch Lees in second row.


EXETER CHIEFS starting XV vs La Rochelle

Exeter Chiesf Rugby crestHead coach Rob Baxter believes Exeter Chiefs' European Challenge Cup encounter at La Rochelle could prove to be a defining game in pool two.

Sitting top after the opening two rounds, the Chiefs will be looking to record only their second-ever victory on French soil when they tackle Patrice Collazo’s side at the Stade Marcel Deflandre.


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