Rugby trying to find answers for the future

Exeter Chiefs won a thrilling European Cup final, defeating French outfit Racing 92, 31-17.

Today is THE day for Exeter Chiefs and all their supporters as the Sandy Park men play in the biggest game of their 149-year history when they take on Racing 92 in the Champions Cup.

Chard RFC have handed Andy Treble an honorary life membership of the club.

There will be no league rugby for Exmouth, Withycombe, Sidmouth or Honiton rugby clubs until the start of 2021 - at the earliest.

Following the successful youth touch rugby tournament held as part of the Sidmouth Rugby Club re-opening events, it was the turn of the seniors to join the colts for a tournament last weekend sponsored by Fords South West, writes Terry O’Brien.

Plans to welcome a number of supporters back into Sandy Park for next week’s Gallagher Premiership clash between Exeter Chiefs and London Irish on Wednesday, September 30 have had to be shelved, writes Mark Stevens.

Following a six-month hiatus since the coronavirus lockdown in March, Sidmouth Rugby Club reopened last Friday with a weekend of activity based around the RFU level D permitted activity, writes Terry O’Brien.

Almost six months since the coronavirus pandemic caused competitive sport to be replaced by hunting for toilet rolls and pasta, baking and zoom quiz nights, today, Friday (September 12), the Rugby Club will reopen for a weekend of activity, albeit the commencement of full contact competitive rugby is still someway in the future, writes Terry O’Brien.

The Rugby Football Union has announced that the phased return of community rugby reaches the next step, from Tuesday 1 September, with clubs able to start limited and restricted contact rugby training and organise inter-club non-contact fixtures.

Continuing our series of ‘rugby memories’ with Sidmouth RFC club stalwart Terry O’Brien.

Whilst it may be seen as a step into the unknown for some, Rob Baxter says the challenge of getting his Exeter Chiefs squad primed and ready for midweek fixtures is something that is largely ‘exciting’ for him and his players. writes Mark Stevens.

Head coach Susie Appleby has kept her promise about bringing international stars to the newly-formed Exeter Chiefs Women’s side with the news of the signing of Spanish international duo Patricia Garcia and Laura Delgado.

Having marked their return to Gallagher Premiership action with a maximum haul against Leicester Tigers, Exeter Chiefs are now bracing themselves for two testing away-day assignments, the first of which comes tomorrow night at Sale Sharks (6pm).

Here we continue our series of Rugby memories with Sidmouth RFCs Terry O’Brien.

Exeter Chiefs chairman Tony Rowe has spoken out about the problems that Premiership matches being played without supporters, will bring to top flight clubs throughout the country.

Here we continue our rugby memories from Terry O’Brien of Sidmouth RC

Continuing the rugby memories of Sidmouth RFC stalwart Terry O’Brien

Much has been seen in the news recently regarding Exeter Rugby Club’s controversial use of the ‘Chiefs’ branding name, writes Terry O’Brien.

Alastair McHarg arrived in East Devon to live and work in 1975, writes Terry O’Brien. d

In 1970 I read a newspaper article about a new game called mini rugby being played in Wales to introduce the game to primary school children, writes Terry O’Brien.

Exeter Chiefs have announced that they are to retain both the club’s current name and logo, but they are to ‘retire’ the club mascot.

Withycombe RFC ladies section are looking for more players to join them.

Continuing our rugby memories from Terry O’Brien who remains very involved in rugby to this day through his association with Sidmouth RFC.

The RFU have issued fixtures for all the regional leagues and set out plans for a number of scenarios with regard to the 2020/21 campaign.

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