Rugby

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.

Here we continue our ‘Memories from six decades of involvement in local rugby’ as written by Terry O’Brien is remains, to this day, a leading light at Sidmouth RFC.

The cast list of Exeter’s promotion-winning heroes of 2010 may be dwindling, but one of them is at least set to extend his stay with the Chiefs for a while longer, writes Mark Stevens.

Withycombe Under-15s have been keeping active during lockdown with various challenges and, last week saw them cross the finish line in arguably their biggest challenge to date, writes Adam Curtis.

The forward-thinking of Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter, has hit a new level with confirmation that he has signed 30 of his senior squad to new long-term deals at Sandy Park, writes Mark Stevens.

Facundo Cordero is ready to hot-step his way into Sandy Park, just like older brother Santi did back in 2018, after he today agreed to join Gallagher Premiership leaders Exeter Chiefs, writes Mark Stevens.

Here we begin a feature written for us by Terry O’Brien of Sidmouth RFC.

Exeter Chiefs have added to their playing ranks with the capture of promising fly-half Jack Walsh, writes Mark Stevens.

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