Plymouth Albion have announced that coach James Shanahan is leaving the club.
His contract was meant to expire at the end of April, but he is leaving the rugby club early, and former manager Graham Dawe will take over for the last three games of the season.
Our focus has to be on the future and with a home game coming up on 11th April against Bristol the team will need as many Plymouth fans cheering them on as possible.
Rugby fans who don't have their World Cup tickets yet can relax - 20,000 new tickets go on sale today.
With Exeter one of 11 cities hosting the tournament and three matches at Sandy Park, rugby fever is going strong in our region. Local clubs are getting young people involved, and fans are eagerly awaiting the chance to see the biggest event in the rugby calendar on their home turf.
Click here for the link to the ticket sale. More will be released over the next few months, before the tournament begins in September.
England made light work of Lithuania at Wembley last night in their European Championships qualifier but now attention switches to Plymouth, where England under 20s take on the USA in an international at Home Park tomorrow afternoon. Matthias Kurth reports.
Exeter winger Jack Nowell returns to the squad after two tries for England against France at Twickenham, this weekend.
The Chiefs return to Premiership action, hoping to put the disappointment of losing in the L.V Cup Final behind them. They travel to Leicester tomorrow, a side they beat in the semi-final of the cup earlier this month.
Nowell says his main focus is now on his home team.
Plymouth has won its bid to host the start of the next edition of the prestigious Transat sailing event in 2016. Born as the OSTAR and the original solo race across the North Atlantic in 1960, The Transat is now firmly established as one of the major events in the professional yachting calendar.
The race will once again start from Plymouth historic home on Sunday 8 May 2016.
“We’re over the moon that OC Sport has selected Plymouth as the host venue for The Transat in 2016. Businesses in the city have rallied to support our bid and we’re looking forward to staging a spectacular and memorable event in the race’s historic home."
The location of the Fanzone in Exeter for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup has been revealed.
Northernhay Gardens in the heart of the city will be open for thirteen days to allow supporters to share the World Cup experience.
Each fanzone will include a big screen, rugby activities, food and drink and what organisers are calling "unique regional content". It'll have room for more than 5,000 spectators.
The trophy will also be in Exeter earlier in the year.
The Rugby World Cup will be on tour around the West Country later in the year.
It'll be in the South West between July 7th and 17th.
A full list of the South West locations:
- July 7 - Isle of Scilly Five Islands School, Eden Project, and Perranporth Beach
- July 8 - Plymouth University, Dartmoor National Park, Exmouth RFC, and Crediton RFC
- July 9 - South West
- July 10 - Sandy Park, and Woodbury Park, Exeter
- July 11 - Exeter City Centre
- July 12 - Weymouth Beach, Oakmeadians RFC and Devizes
- July 13 - University of Bath, Odd Down Playing Fields, and Guildhall
- July 14 - South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, and Bristol Grammar School
- July 15 - Kingsholm Stadium, Hartpury College, and Gloucester Cathedral
- July 16 - Gloucester Docks, Gloucester City Museum, and Cheltenham RFC
“We are looking forward to welcoming the Webb Ellis Cup to Exeter as part of the official Trophy Tour in June. Exeter is gearing up for a rugby celebration during Rugby World Cup.”
Launching on June 10, 100 days to go to the opening match, the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will travel through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on September 18 ahead of the Opening Ceremony.
Torquay United are in Conference action tonight.
The Gulls travel to Woking, hoping for back-to-back wins after beating Kidderminster at Plainmoor on Saturday.
The Director of Cricket at Somerset County Cricket Club has told ITV News that signing West Indies player Chris Gayle is a big part of the club's ambitions to win every single game they play this year.
Matthew Maynard says they can't wait to welcome him:
Somerset County Cricket Club have signed West Indies player Chris Gayle for the Natwest T20 Blast season.
The 35-year-old batsman can boast 13 centuries and 45 half centuries in T20 cricket as well as a test cricket score of 333 - his second triple century -in 2010.
Left-handed Gayle also made One-Day World Cup history when he reached a double century in the West Indies win over Zimbabwe.
I’m excited about joining Somerset for the NatWest T20 Blast this year. Many of the Club’s Members and supporters will know that I came close to playing for the County in 2012 and I have always felt that, if I was able to, I wanted to honour that commitment to Somerset. I’m looking forward to coming to Taunton and scoring some runs.
Some of Gayle's stats:
- Played in 45 T20 Internationals, scoring 1406 runs at an average of 35.15 with a highest score of 117.
- He scored 13 centuries and 45 half centuries.
- Played in an additional 195 T20 matches, amassing 6975 runs at an average 42.01 with a top score of 175.
- He scored 1 century and 13 half centuries.
- In Test cricket he has scored 7214 runs in 103 matches at an average of 42.18.
- His highest Test score came in 2010 when he made 333 against Sri Lanka in Galle. This was his second triple century and surpassed his previous best of 317 against South Africa in 2005.
- In 268 One Day Internationals he has scored 9160 runs at an average of 37.23.