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Sidmouth Rugby Club is set to serve up a full weekend of fun after the game’s governing body ruled it can move a step closer to competitive action.  The Rugby Football Union (RFU) said late last month that, from Tuesday, September 1, clubs can to start limited and restricted contact training and organise inter-club non-contact fixtures. As a result, Sidmouth Chiefs have announced a big weekend of activities from Friday, September 11 to Sunday, September 13. A busy weekend for the club is launched on the Friday (September 11) with ‘Seniors’ Fun’ all getting under way from 7pm. It includes…

Exmouth Rugby Football Club has held its 2019/20 awards evening. The Cockles’ ceremony is usually held in early summer with the previous season’s action still very much fresh in the mind. However, this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the awards had to be held back and have only just taken place after the relaxation of lockdown restrictions. Social distance was the order of the day as players stepped forward to be honoured with various awards from the 2019/20 campaign. The Players’ Player award for the 1st XV went to Lewis Geran, who also went home with the award of…

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…

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…

Sidmouth RFC Under-15s girls converted defeat into victory with a last-gasp try in a 14-12 win over Crediton in the Devon Cup. Crediton had the advantage of a significant slope in the first half and sustained pressure led to them scoring twice to lead 12-0 at the break. In the second half it was Sidmouth’s turn to benefit from the slope. However, for all the pressure that they were able to exert the home defence held firm and it was not until there were just six minutes left when Sidmouth set up a chance with an overlap that sent Lottie Reed clear.…

Sidmouth RFC Under-18s girls were good value for the 43-25 that saw them make Devon Cup progress at the expense of Exeter Saracens. There was an excellent turnout of support at the Blackmore for the game and the girls served up a superb all-round performance with skipper Lauren Chown at the heart of everything. From the first whistle the Sidmouth team played with genuine composure and on the front foot applying plenty of early pressure and, as a result of the pressure, errors were made in the Saracens back line and the first try of the contest was on the…

There is rugby action this Saturday (August 24) for both Exmouth RFC and Withycombe RFC. Exmouth entertain Barnstaple (2.30pm) while Withycombe have stepped in to provide opposition for Sidmouth after the Chiefs were left disappointed by the late cry-off of scheduled opponents Wellington. Exmouth, who launch a new South West Premier League season with a home game against Ivybridge on September 7, were 34-19 winners in their opening warm-up game; a visit to Bridgwater and Albion last Saturday. Withycombe, relegated from the Tribute Cornwall and Devon League back in May, start life in Tribute Devon One on September 14 at…

Honiton Rugby Club, which is riding on the crest of a wave following an all-out successful season, is recruiting the next generation of players.  It is searching for boys and girls to join its under-nines teams, and will be staging a taster session later this month. The club says the sport teaches youngsters teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship. It also promotes respect and offers enjoyment. Members of the club were recently honoured by East Devon District Council in recognition of their outstanding achievements over the past season. After a string of high-profile wins, which saw the club notch up its all-time…

Liam Cullen will be the Withycombe RFC club captain heading into the coming 2019/20 campaign. Cullen, who has been with the Raleigh Park outfit for the past six years, is a popular player in the Withy dressing room and fits the ‘captain’s role’ perfectly. He was named Withy ‘Players’ Player of the Year’ at both the 2017 and 2018 Withy Player awards evenings. Liam has been with the club for many years and always offered a consistent uncompromising style of rugby…Speaking after his appointment, Cullen said: “I am thrilled to bits and indeed feel honoured to have been selected for…