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Police are appealing for witnesses to a row at a rugby match in Exeter where a man suffered a broken leg and ankle, needing surgery. Investigating officers said an assault took place at Exeter Chiefs’ Sandy Park stadium on Saturday, April 20, after a heated discussion ended when one a man pushed another over, and reportedly repeatedly stamped on his leg and ankle, resulting in ‘numerous’ fractures and hospital treatment. Police said a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and is currently on police bail. The force is appealing for any witnesses to…

Extinction Rebellion has hit out at ‘plastic pitch’ plans for Exeter claiming the move to artificial turf could harm birds relying on ‘up to 2.5 million worms’ living under a rugby ground. Exeter environmental campaigners have made another move in their ongoing protest against an artificial turf pitch planned at a city green space, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. The city’s Extinction Rebellion group has attached what it called a “hard-to-remove” banner high above Flowerpot Playing Field, near St Thomas, where Exeter College is planning to install a new playing pitch. The campaign group’s banner reads “Save our green…

Exeter Chiefs has been accused by ‘horrified’ residents of ‘moving the goalposts’ in its bid to bring more big-name music events to its Sandy Park stadium. The Chiefs has been given permission to host up to six music concerts a year, with crowds of up to 15,000 for each one, writes local democracy reporter Guy Henderson. Ronan Keating, Rick Astley and Will Young were among the artists playing to big crowds in the first Party on the Pitch concerts this year. And now Sandy Park could now emulate Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park stadium with regular bigger names. The Chiefs say…

The second Saturday of September was not kind to many of our East Devon football teams, but it was better for local rugby, writes East Devon Sport editor Stephen Birley.  FOOTBALL Exmouth Town suffered a fourth successive defeat when they went down 1-0 to Shepton Mallet in a Toolstation Western League meeting. ‘The Mallet’ are now the only unbeaten side in the Western League top flight and the Town defeat means that, in the past 14 days, they have exited the FA Cup and FA Vase and lost back-to-back league games. In the South West Peninsula League Premier East, Ottery…

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…

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