RUGBY Steenson relishes opportunity to play and coach

Steeno ExeterChiefs JMPExeter Chiefs fly-half Gareth Steenson is to take his first foray into coaching after accepting a new role with National League One outfit Plymouth Albion.

Chiefs fans need not panic that the club's all-time record points scorer is quitting Sandy Park, as he will still be very much part of Rob Baxter's plans for the 2019/20 campaign, but Steenson is to offer a helping hand to new Albion head coach Ben Gulliver.


SHOWTIME! Champions Okehampton target Shield victory

Devon RFU logoNewly crowned South West 1 West champions Okehampton RFC host Devonport Services RFC in the Devon RFU Senior Shield final at the Showground today (1500ko).

Plymouth based Services will aim to cause a Shield shock and overturn the odds after losing 41-7 at home to the league champions last weekend.



Cornwall visit Devon in the annual pre-county championship Tamar Cup fixture tonight. The cup tie takes place at Plymouth Albion’s Brickfields, 1930ko.

Cornwall won the cup 24-12 at St Austell RFC last season.


RUGBY UNION Hartpury hosts Six Nations U18s Festival

england rugby1Jim Mallinder has named his England squad for the Under 18s Six Nations Festival being staged in Gloucestershire until Sunday April 21.

The televised free-to-see festival is being hosted by England Rugby at Hartpury University and College and will feature sets of fixtures at Hartpury's Gillman’s Ground, Worcester's Sixways Stadium and Gloucester Rugby's Kingsholm - all screened live via FreeSports TV.


RESURGENT HARTPURY build on best win of season

Hartpury RFC director of rugby JOHN BARNES image courtesy Hartpury RFCRelegation haunted Hartpury beat third placed Jersey Reds away and yesterday beat fourth placed Bedford Blues at home 28-26 to maintain hopes of Championship survival.

The great escape is on as John Barnes' resurgent Gloucestershire side head into the final three games of the season boosted by four wins from five... and off the foot of the table again.


Exeter Chiefs vs Bath Rugby 12,800 sellout today

Exeter Chiefs fans celebrating - image courtesy Exeter Chiefs rugbySandy Park will be full to the rafters when Exeter Chiefs tackle local rivals Bath Rugby in the Gallagher Premiership today (1500ko).
The last few remaining tickets for the South West derby were sold in midweek ensuring a capacity crowd of 12,800 will be in attendance for the eagerly-anticipated Round 17 match-up.


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