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Devon amputee looking forward to Piña colada as crew come close to completing Atlantic challenge

Two Devon men are close to making history as part of the first crew of amputees to row across the Atlantic.

Servicemen Cayle Royce and Lee Spencer are part of a four-man crew making the three thousand mile journey.

They are now just 500 miles from the finish of their course and hope to cross the line next week.

Cayle told us the three things he's most looking forward to at the end of their journey.

Exeter Chiefs' Jack Nowell retained in England squad

Exeter wing Jack Nowell has retained his place in England's Six Nations squad. Credit: PA Images

Cornwall's Jack Nowell is the only Exeter Chiefs player to be retained in the England squad for the upcoming Six Nations Championship.

The Cornwall-born wing was one of three Exeter players initially selected when Eddie Jones announced his interim squad on January 13.

But the squad has now been cut down to 22 men with Nowell's Exeter team-mates Luke Cowan-Dickie and Sam Hill among ten players released to rejoin their clubs.

Truro-born Nowell scored three Six Nations tries in 2015, including a double against France in a 55-35 win last March. He also featured in England's Rugby World Cup squad this Autumn.

Exeter City sign Reading midfielder

Exeter City have signed Reading midfielder Jake Taylor on a free transfer.

The 24-year-old returns to the Grecians following a loan spell with the club which lasted for the majority of the 2011/12 season.

The twice-capped Welsh international spent the first part of the season on loan at Scottish Premiership side Motherwell, but has now completed the permanent move to St James Park - bringing to an end to a seventeen-year spell with the Royals.

Jake Taylor Credit: Gareth Fuller/EMPICS Sport

He is a player we know very well with him having spent a season with us on loan four or five years ago. It is a good opportunity to keep building the squad ahead of next year, and he will come straight into the squad for Saturday.

He is a very versatile player. He is a very bright player and he comes to us with good experience. He has been to quite a few clubs on loan; but obviously his major loan was with us, and I see it as it being a pretty smooth fit in terms of someone coming into the club.

He knows us and we know him, and he will add going forward into next season as we are building the team.

– Paul Tisdale, City manager

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Taunton man reaches bowls final

Robert Paxton from Taunton Credit: Twitter

Taunton's Robert Paxton has made his way into the World Indoor Bowls Championship final.

Paxton beat reigning champion Alex Marshall from Scotland who was chasing his seventh world title.

Paxton came back from one game down to beat Marshall in a tie break. The final is played tomorrow (Jan 24).

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Trescothick steps down as Somerset cricket captain

Somerset County Cricket Club have announced Marcus Trescothick is stepping down as captain for the 2016 season Credit: Somerset County Cricket club

Somerset County Cricket Club have announced Marcus Trescothick is stepping down as captain for the 2016 season.

I have loved being Captain of Somerset. It has been a tremendous privilege and honour to lead this great Club over many years but now is the right time for change.

I will be giving Chris and Jim my unconditional support, as well as focusing on scoring as many runs as I can in the season ahead. I would like to thank all of the players, coaches and Members for their support during my tenure as the Club Captain.

– Marcus Trescothick

Marcus has captained Somerset since 2010 and the decision to step down has been mutually agreed with the Club following discussions over the winter months.

Marcus has been an outstanding Captain having served the Club with passion, loyalty and commitment.

He steps down from the captaincy with the same good grace and eloquence with which he inherited it.

On behalf of everyone at Somerset County Cricket Club we salute his great achievements and look forward to his continued contribution both on and off the field

– Andy Nash, Somerset CCC Chairman

Australian Test batsman Chris Rogers will take over the reins in the County Championship, whilst Jim Allenby, who skippered the Club in the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2015, will lead the team in all white ball cricket this coming season.

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