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Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter says his emotions were ‘all over the place’ after his side’s thrilling Heineken Champions Cup final victory against Racing 92. The Sandy Park men were crowned kings of Europe for the first time following a 31-27 success at Ashton Gate that saw the teams share eight tries. Chiefs captain Joe Simmonds settled the nerves with an 80th-minute penalty. We’ve had our first go at a European semi-final and a final, and we’ve won them both. It is great for this group of players – Rob Baxter“My emotions are all over the place, really,” said Exeter…

Exeter Chiefs are the new champions of Europe.  The men from Sandy Park completed their meteoric rise over a decade, climbing from the Championship into the Premiership. And now they are the proud holders of the Heineken Champions Cup after they defeated French side Racing 92 31-27 in a compelling final played at the Ashton Gate, Bristol. There were no Chiefs fans in the ground owing to the on-going pandemic, but those that will have watched the game in pubs, clubs, and sitting rooms, the length and breadth of East Devon will no doubt have bitten their nails as the…

Cranbrook Football Club were beaten 3-1 in their home Joma Devon and Exeter League Division Two East meeting with Millwey Rise. Cranbrook enjoyed much the better of the opening third of the contest and deservedly took the lead just before the break with a superb strike from Paddy O’Loughlin. Indeed, heading into the break with just a 1-0 lead was harsh on them. But for some excellent goalkeeping from the visiting glovesman and some resolute and determined defending – coupled with the goal enjoying a charmed life at times – there would surely have been further home goals in the…

Cranbrook Football Club sit third in the early-season Joma Devon and Exeter League Division Two East table after a 10-0 victory at Axmouth United. In a powerful all-round show, Dan MacDonald and Reece Saunders each scored a treble while there was a first goal for the club Stephen O’Connor. Tom Taylor and Paddy O’Loughlin were also on the scoresheet and the other was courtesy of an own goal. I was delighted with the manner in which we scored out goals… Cranbrook boss Jon Martin was very pleased with the win, adding: “They (Axmouth) were clearly understrength, but you can only…

Exeter City Football Club is to explore whether it should leave its St James Park home of more than a century and relocate elsewhere.  The Grecians have agreed to a feasibility study to examine the benefits and disadvantages of a potential move and what, if any, possible opportunities there are for a new stadium and sporting facility. It is all part of Exeter City Council starting preparations for a new Local Plan which will guide developments over the next 20 years, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. The club has played at St James Park since its formation in 1904 and recently…

New details of the Devon leg of the Tour of Britain – from Sherford to Exeter – have been revealed a year ahead of the race coming to the county. The second stage of the nation’s biggest professional cycling event will take in the South Hams, Dartmoor and climax with a city centre finish in Queen Street. Top athletes from around the world will take on the 115-mile route on Monday, September 6, 2021. Next year’s stage should be a good challenge for the world’s best riders… Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member with responsibility for cycling, said: “We’ve…

The Joma Devon and Exeter Football League – featuring teams from across East Devon – is set to release the fixtures for the 2020/21 campaign later this week. The divisional make-up for the season is as follows: Premier Division East Beer Albion; Chard Town; Colyton; Dawlish United; Feniton; Kentisbeare; Lyme Regis; Seaton Town; Sidmouth Town; University; Upottery; Whipton and Pinhoe. Premier Division West Alphington; Bampton; Chagford; Crediton United; Elmore; Exwick Villa; Hatherleigh Town; Lapford; Newtown; Thorverton; Winchester. Division One East Beer Albion; Clyst Valley; Dunkeswell Rovers; East Budleigh; Exmouth Rovers; Exmouth Spartans; Honiton Town; Lyme Regis; Lympstone; Otterton; Teignmouth; Tipton…

Exeter Chiefs return to Gallagher Premiership Rugby action tomorrow (Saturday, August 15) – 161 days after the season was put on hold. Covid-19 halted the side’s campaign with them sat on the summit of English rugby’s top flight and in the last eight of Europe’s Champions Cup. Their last game was a 57-20 victory over Bath in early March. Leicester Tigers, under the guidance of new boss and former England forwards coach Steve Borthwick, will be the visitors to Sandy Park with a 2pm kick-off. Supporters have been asked to stay away from the ground. Rob Baxter, the Chiefs’ director…

Fans have helped Exeter City Football Club net a £9,000 new storage facility at its Cliff Hill Training Ground. The new addition has replaced ‘out-of-date’ sheds which were no longer deemed fit-for-purpose. It has been funded thanks to £4,500 from the club’s supporters’ trust and the equivalent sum as a loan. Another a donation of £400 from the Grecian Goal group has ensured an essential footpath has also been completed. The club had to pause any expenditure when the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. Exeter City FC director Elaine Davis, who also runs Grecian Goal,…

The CEO of Premiership Rugby table-toppers Exeter Chiefs says there is a ‘real desire’ to ensure the 2019/20 season is finished. Tony Rowe OBE is confident that, despite the Sandy Park side not having played a competitive fixture since early March, a return to action is not far off. Of course, we will adhere to the advice of the Government and the various medical professionals, but as a club we have a real desire to finish this season – Tony Rowe OBE His optimism comes after the Government and health bosses agreed elite combat and team sport can resume full-contact…

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