Rugby

A recent meeting of the South West Division Competitions Committee has confirmed the composition of the South West One league for the 2020-21 rugby season.

Exeter Rugby Club chief executive, Tony Rowe OBE, insists there is a ‘real desire’ from within the club and from Premiership Rugby to ensure the 2019/20 season is completed, writes Mark Stevens

We continue our on-going look at the top 10 seasons for Sidmouth Rugby Club with Terry O’Brien.

We continue our on-going look at the top 10 seasons for Sidmouth Rugby Club with Terry O’Brien.

Selecting the top ten seasons from the 136 years since the foundation of Sidmouth Rugby Club has not been too difficult a task, albeit I have stretched matters by selecting 11 with ‘joint’ 10th places, writes Terry O’Brien.

At the start of the 2019/20 season, Exeter Chiefs player Jack Yeandle began his association with the Blackmore club as joint head coach with Phil Dolman with a specific brief to look after the forwards and defensive department.

Sidmouth RFC head coach Phil Dolman has had time to reflect on the Chiefs season, one cut short by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Sidmouth RFC undertook an overseas tour in 1980 that began at Dallas, Texas in the United States of America, writes Terry O’Brien.

Having organised these tours, I am able to report on them from first-hand experience, though time and alcohol consumed at the time may lead to some blurring of the detail for which I apologise in advance. My solicitor has duly been warned, writes Terry O’Brien.

As we approach what would normally be the last Saturday of the season, it seems an appropriate time to indulge in a bit of nostalgia, writes Terry O’Brien.

Here we continue our detailed look at four of the key individuals who were so very much part of the foundation and development of Sidmouth Rugby Club.

Tom O’Flaherty insists he and his Exeter Chiefs team-mates will be ‘raring to go’ as and when the season resumes for the Devon club.

Picture special from the 2006/07 season for Sidmouth RFC

More from the Sidmouth RFC historical archives.

On April 17, 1930, Sidmouth RFC held a Victory Dinner at the Winter Gardens (latterly Carinas) to celebrate the 3-0 defeat of Brixham to win the Devon Senior Cup, writes Terry O’Brien.

Following World War II, the Sidmouth Colts were reformed under the leadership of Frank Ellis and played their first match in November 1946 against Chard School, winning 6-0, writes Terry O’Brien.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) have published the final league tables for 2019-20 based on a system which is arguably as fair as possible, writes Terry O’Brien.

We have been taking a look back though our picture archives.

Exeter Chiefs ladies’ net success in bid to join Tyrrells Premier 15 for next season

Dave Ewers has been part and parcel of the Exeter Chiefs mix for over ten years, but the African-born forward will be extending his stay a little longer after he became the latest member of Rob Baxter’s squad to commit their future to the Devon club, writes Mark Stevens.

There can be few towns in the World which can match the iconic sports grounds of Sidmouth and their rich history, writes Terry O’Brien.

The Devon RFU competitions committee have announced the outcome of the merit table competitions for the season, writes Terry O’Brien.

A look at the hostory of Sidmouth RFC and previous occasions when the rugby season has come to a halt

Rugby teams involved in promotion and relegation issues in the wake of the coronavirus crisis could be left in limbo until Easter or even beyond, writes Conrad Sutclifde.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is to set up a Task Group who will come up with a system to be used to determine how the final league tables will be decided and published.

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