Rugby

Barnstaple’s promotion to National Two South certainly means that the players – and supporters – will spend a much longer time travelling to away fixtures than they did in their South West Premier season success.

We have reached number two in terms of the top 10 seasons enjoyed by Sidmouth RFC through the thoughts of Terry O’Brien.

Members of the Withycombe RFC Under-15s are taking to their saddles to raise money for the charity YoungMinds, writes Adam Curtis.

Continuing our series from Sidmouth RFC of the ‘top 10 seasons’ for the club through the eyes – and pen – of Terry O’Brien.

Exmouth RFC are seeking to recruit additional players to their colts’ team.

With the rugby season ending early and now in the official off season, the boys of Withycombe Under-14 missed the last two months of valuable playing and learning game time.

Continuing our on-going series of the ‘Top 10 seasons for Sidmouth RFC’ and today we look at the fourth placed campaign – season 2018/19, as selected, and then written, by Terry O’Brien.

Withycombe will undertake 13 away trips in their 2020/21 Devon and Cornwall campaign covering a total of 1,622 miles, spending 32 hours and 54 minutes ‘on the road’.

So who travels the furthest in terms for the four East Devon-based rugby clubs playing next season in their respective leagues.

Honiton will travel a distance of 1,280 miles and spend almost 30 hours on the road in their 2020/21 Western Counties West campaign.

The Cockles will travel just over 200 fewer miles in the coming season than they did last season and, for the 2020/21 South West Premier campaign, they will make one more journey.

Premiership rugby is making every effort to return to action with Saturday, August 15 the proposed ‘restart date’.

Sidmouth will have to travel almost 50 miles further than they would have done had this past season been played to a full conclusion.

Continuing our on-going series of the top 10 seasons for Sidmouth RFC, as compiled by the club’s Terry O’Brien.

Premiership and Championship clubs have been given provisional authorisation to begin non-contact training amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Exmouth will face new opposition next season in the South West Premier division following an announcement of the make-up of the South West rugby divisions for the 2020/21 season.

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.

Withycombe Under-14s have completed what has been arguably their biggest challenge of the lockdown to date.

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

Withycombe Under-14s have embarked on their latest challenge to keep them active and fit, ready for whenever rugby returns.

Chard RFC have announced that Aaron Chapman will be joining the club for the 2020/21 season as player/backs coach, writes Glyn Hughes.

Chard RFC have appointed captains for the next season of rugby.

The 2019/20 season was ended some time ago owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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