Rugby

Withycombe hosted their first Festival of Youth Rugby with the aim of the day being to showcase the high level of talent of local youth grassroots rugby, and the day was a huge all-round success.

Sidmouth RFC Under-8s impressed at the recent Ivybridge Festival where they ended the day unbeaten.

Honiton RFC are tonight the pride of Devon - indeed the pride of Westcountry rugby after they bagged a thrilling 29-27 win in the final of the RFU Senior Vase played at Twickenham.

Honiton Warrior's Under-13s enjoyed a most successful at their latest festival, returning to Allhallows with yet another trophy for the clubhouse cabinet.

Sidmouth RFC Under-11s took part in a 'fun tournament' where the emphasis was certainly on youngsters enjoying their rugby.

Honiton Under-8s took part in the Ivybridge Rugby Festival and the youngsters did themselves, and the club, proud with a terrific all-round performance.

Honiton player-coach Nathan Hannay is confident his side won't be struck down by stage-fright when they face Northallerton at Twickenham on Sunday in the final of the RFU Junior Vase, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Withycombe Under-15s finished of the season in style, winning the final of the Devon Plate, defeating a determined Devonport Services 26-14 at Bitton Park Teignmouth.

Withycombe Under-13s signed off for their season on Sunday at Raleigh Park with two very different games, both of which resulted in superb performances for varying reasons.

Honiton Rhinos returned from the Kingsbridge RFC Festival with a trophy after a terrific day of action from the team.

Honiton's players will be travelling to Twickenham on Saturday to get a restful night before the big match the following day.

The Blackmore home of Sidmouth RFC is set to stage some top class junior rugby on Sunday (April 28).

Topsham Under-14s are the new holders of the Devon Cup after they defeated Crediton 15-5 in what was a compelling final.

Sidmouth teenager Cole Monaghan is now in Japan to take part in an international rugby tournament.

Sidmouth Chiefs capped an outstanding season and made history by achieving a league and cup double with what was ultimately a convincing 39-19 victory over league runners-up Crediton in front a large crowd at the Blackmore Field, writes Terry O'Brien.

So, what do we know about North Allerton who Honiton will meet at Twickenham on Sunday, May 5 (1pm).

Cockles head coach Steve Perry had yet to see the match video when the Journal spoke to him a day after the Cockles 61-22 defeat in the final of the Devon Cup at Barnstaple.

On what was the hottest Easter Saturday in living memory, Honiton, and a huge band of travelling supporters, ventured up to Hampshire to take on Portsmouth in the semi-final of the RFU National Senior Vase and they won the game 30-12 to set up a May 5, Twickenham meeting with North Allerton RFU, writes Jerry Rice.

Sidmouth RFC Under-15s have just returned from what was a terrific visit to Portugal that saw them take part in an International Rugby Festival played over the second weekend of April.

A crowd gathered at the Blackmore Field, enjoying the glorious spring weather, for the annual match between the Quins and an Ottery XV, a contest ultimately won by the Quins 55-15, writes Terry O'Brien.

Exmouth were beaten in the final of the 2019 Devon Cup, going down 61-22 to Barnstaple.

Sidmouth RFC are the pride of the town this Easter after they completed a league and cup double, winning the Devon Intermediate Cup, beating Crediton 39-19 before the biggest turnout seen at the Blackmore in many a year.

Exmouth could not quite end the season on a high with some silverware as they went down in the final of the Devon Cup, beaten 61-22 by a powerful Barnstaple side.

Honiton are the toast of East Devon rugby - and arguably rugby across the West County - on this penultimate Saturday of April - for they have reached Twickenham!

It's a SUPER SATURDAY across the board for our local rugby teams with three East Devon-based sides in cup final action on Easter Saturday!

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