Rugby

Members of the Withycombe RFC Under-15s are taking to their saddles to raise money for the charity YoungMinds, writes Adam Curtis.

Exmouth RFC are seeking to recruit additional players to their colts’ team.

With the rugby season ending early and now in the official off season, the boys of Withycombe Under-14 missed the last two months of valuable playing and learning game time.

Withycombe will undertake 13 away trips in their 2020/21 Devon and Cornwall campaign covering a total of 1,622 miles, spending 32 hours and 54 minutes ‘on the road’.

So who travels the furthest in terms for the four East Devon-based rugby clubs playing next season in their respective leagues.

The Cockles will travel just over 200 fewer miles in the coming season than they did last season and, for the 2020/21 South West Premier campaign, they will make one more journey.

Premiership rugby is making every effort to return to action with Saturday, August 15 the proposed ‘restart date’.

Premiership and Championship clubs have been given provisional authorisation to begin non-contact training amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Exmouth will face new opposition next season in the South West Premier division following an announcement of the make-up of the South West rugby divisions for the 2020/21 season.

Exeter Rugby Club chief executive, Tony Rowe OBE, insists there is a ‘real desire’ from within the club and from Premiership Rugby to ensure the 2019/20 season is completed, writes Mark Stevens

Withycombe Under-14s have completed what has been arguably their biggest challenge of the lockdown to date.

Withycombe Under-14s have embarked on their latest challenge to keep them active and fit, ready for whenever rugby returns.

The 2019/20 season was ended some time ago owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

With the rugby season cut short by the Coronavirus pandemic, it meant that not only this seasons remaining games, but also upcoming tours were cancelled.

The players, coaches, members of Withycombe and the general rugby community were invited to a Sunday morning session with a difference last weekend.

Withycombe Rugby Club dug deep for the Exmouth Community Larder by asking members to donate anything they could to help the local community in this strangest of times.

The current Withycombe RFC Under-14s have enjoyed another fine season, one brought to a premature end by the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Tom O’Flaherty insists he and his Exeter Chiefs team-mates will be ‘raring to go’ as and when the season resumes for the Devon club.

Withycombe RFC are launching a recruiting drive to find new players for next season’s Under-14 and Under-15 teams.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) have published the final tables for a 2019/20 league season that was cut short by the Covid-19 crisis.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) have published the ‘final league tables’

Exeter Chiefs ladies’ net success in bid to join Tyrrells Premier 15 for next season

Dave Ewers has been part and parcel of the Exeter Chiefs mix for over ten years, but the African-born forward will be extending his stay a little longer after he became the latest member of Rob Baxter’s squad to commit their future to the Devon club, writes Mark Stevens.

Cockles set to meet Hornets next season after final rugby tables are published.

Exmouth RFC junior section chairman looks back on another successful season

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