Live updates

England flanker Kvesic joins Exeter Chiefs

Kvesic has joined Exeter. Credit: PA

Exeter have signed England flanker Matt Kvesic on a three-year deal from their Aviva Premiership rivals Gloucester.

The Chiefs announced that 24-year-old Kvesic would move to Sandy Park for next season.

Kvesic has won three Test caps - two against Argentina in 2013 and one as a replacement when England beat Wales at Twickenham last May - and he will leave Gloucester after four years at Kingsholm.

"We see him as a very good player," Exeter head coach Rob Baxter said.

"I worked with him on the (England) tour to Argentina, where he was outstanding in the way he prepared himself, the way he carried himself and the way he played.

"Young English talent doesn't come on the market all that often, so when it does become available we are very determined to collect some of that here.

"He has got a lot of the qualities we like. He is very hard working, has a very high work rate on the field and off the field he is a good guy, and we feel he has also got a good deal of development in him."

Advertisement

Fearless Exeter boss warns injury-hit Liverpool ahead of FA Cup tie

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale has warned injury-hit Liverpool that his side will play with no FA Cup fear on Friday night.

Liverpool are without 11 players for their third-round trip to Devon as manager Jurgen Klopp contends with a mounting list of absentees and a third game in six days.

Exeter boss Tisdale will go into the game with a fearless attitude. Credit: PA

Playmaker Philippe Coutinho and centre-halves Kolo Toure and Dejan Lovren were the latest to pick injuries in the 1-0 Capital One Cup semi-final win at Stoke on Tuesday night and will all miss the St James Park tie.

Klopp has particular problems in central defence with Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel already ruled out, and Tisdale has promised that Liverpool can expect a bold approach from his Sky Bet League Two minnows.

"We are not just going to sit back and defend," Tisdale said ahead of Exeter's first third-round tie since they took Manchester United to a replay 11 years ago.

"I don't want to do that, we need to have some intent about us.

"I don't think we should hold back and wait for the game to happen.

"We need to go out and give it a go and get the balance right between risk and reward.

"It's a compromise between how much you risk, but we can play with no fear."

Boy dies in freak accident while watching football match

A 12-year-old boy has died after being hit by a goalpost in a freak accident while watching a village football game.

Oliver Croker was struck in the head by the post, which is thought to have been uprooted when two players collided with it.

His family today paid tribute to their "beautiful, gorgeous boy."

ITV News correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:

Pictures released of tragic boy, 12, killed by 'freak accident'

Pictures have been released showing a "knowledgeable, sparky and multi-talented" schoolboy who died after a freak accident on a football pitch.

Oliver Croker in a school picture taken last year Credit: Tiverton High School

Tiverton High School posted the images of Oliver Croker, from Bampton in Devon, along with a tribute describing him as "the life and soul of the party".

Read: School pays tribute to boy killed in 'freak accident'

The young rugby player died in hospital from severe injuries suffered when a piece of metal fencing reportedly became lodged in his head.

Oliver Croker during an outdoor education session Credit: Tiverton High School

Advertisement

Family of tragic 'freak accident' victim donate his organs

The mother of a 12-year-old boy killed by a freak accident during a football match has revealed the family donated his organs to transplant patients.

Oliver Croker died after suffering severe head injuries when part of a metal fence at the side of the pitch in Kensham Park in Bradninch, near Exeter, hit him during the game.

In a post on Facebook, his mother Pippa said she felt "so proud" that Oliver could help save the lives of others.

We would very much like you all to feel so proud of Oliver this evening. Through organ donation he has given life to five other children.

He will live on in them. What very lucky boys and girls they are!!! Love you our beautiful gorgeous boy!! X

– Pippa Croker, via Facebook

Tributes to boy killed by 'freak accident' at football match

Tributes have poured in to a 12-year-old boy killed by a 'freak accident' at a football match via a Facebook page set up in his honour.

Oliver Croker, from Bampton in Devon, was watching a match at Bradninch Football Club in Kensham Park, near Exeter, when part of the metal fencing reportedly became lodged in his head.

Kensham Park, where the tragic accident happened Credit: Google Maps

Ellie Brant described him as a "gorgeous little bundle of joy", while Samantha Masters said he was a "lovely, friendly, polite, cheeky lovable boy".

And on his own Facebook page, his older brother Tom described saying goodbye to Oliver as "the hardest day of my life".

Dozens of other messages have poured in.

Oliver you will be missed by everyone, family, friends, you were well loved by all and today at school it just wasn't the same. I hope they are looking after you well up there because you deserve only the best. Best wishes to his family and I'm so sorry for your loss, Oliver was such a good person who didn't deserve to die.

– Holly Johnson

I'll miss seeing you on my dog walks, always a mischievous glint in your eye and a cheeky grin as you'd dash over to stroke the dogs.

– Lucy Henshaw

He always had a smile on his face, always polite, and a pleasure to know.

When mum and dad used to live opposite he would often pop over when my dad was working in the garage to see what he was up to.

Bampton has lost a fantastic young boy.

– Kirsty Bond

Football club sends condolences after boy, 12, dies

A football club has sent its condolences to the family of a 12-year-old boy who died after being hit in the head in a 'freak accident' pitch-side.

The 'freak accident' happened at Kensham Park, near Exeter Credit: Google Maps

Oliver 'Olly' Croker was watching a match at Bradninch Football Club in Kensham Park near Exeter when part of the metal fencing reportedly became lodged in his head.

School pays tribute to boy killed in 'freak accident'

Teachers have paid tribute to a 12-year-old boy killed in a freak accident while he watched football.

Oliver Croker - known as Olly - was hit in the head while watching a match in Bradninch, near Exeter.

Staff at Tiverton High School have paid tribute Credit: Google Maps

Staff at Tiverton High School in Devon today described him as a "very knowledgable and sparky lad", and a keen rugby plater with "high hopes" for his future.

In describing Olly, the first words that come to mind are that he was the life and soul of the party; a larger than life character, brimming with confidence, with an eagerness and enthusiasm for taking part in all aspects of school life.

His youthful vibrancy and curiosity about life shaped his whole character.

He was a very knowledgeable and sparky lad with his finger on the pulse of what was going on at school, in the local community and beyond.

He was multi-talented and we had high hopes for his future. Olly was a keen sportsman and represented THS at rugby and even played up an age group.

Our thoughts and wishes are with Olly’s parents and brothers.

– Tiverton High School

A support team of counsellors had been made available to help anyone who needed support in the coming days, the school added.

Load more updates