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Plymouth Albion's new owners get RFU approval

Plymouth Albion's Brickfields home Credit: ITV News

The takeover of Plymouth Albion RFC by former players Bruce Priday and Dave Venables has been formally ratified by the RFU.

The RFU confirmed that Plymouth Albion would be playing National 1 rugby in the 2016-17 season.

There were fears that Plymouth Albion could be demoted down the league structure, like Richmond RFC some years ago.

Priday and Venables have had to put up a cash ‘Bond Deposit’ of £147,000, which will be held by the RFU.

While we are really pleased that Plymouth Albion will be playing National 1 rugby next season, we feel the size of the ‘Bond Deposit’ to be excessively large.

We presented a well prepared case which highlighted the strong working relationship we have with Plymouth City Council and the desire of both parties to build a Premiership standard club in the City.

– Bruce Priday


Exeter City's stadium redevelopment given go ahead

View of Exeter City's stadium, St James Park Credit: Stephen Pond / EMPICS Sport

Exeter City Football Club says the development of St James Park has been given the go ahead by the Secretary of State.

Plans to replace the ageing Stagecoach Family Stand had been put on hold.

But the club's crumbling grandstand will now be re-built along with a huge block of student flats.

The 1,600 seater Stagecoach stand will be replaced. The rebuild will be paid for by a new tower block for 312 students overlooking the ground.

It is thought the Secretary of State was asked to intervene by the St James' Neighbourhood Forum which was concerned at the number of student flats in a neighbourhood in which students already make up 55 per cent of residents.

How the new grandstand will look Credit: Kensington Taylor

Player-manager Kevin Nicholson to lead Torquay United next season

Kevin Nicholson signs 3 year contract to remain as player-manager. Credit: ITV West Country

Torquay United have announced that Kevin Nicholson has signed a 3 year contract to remain as player-manager with the club.

Meaning he will have an increased budget to work with next season.

TUFC remains under the control of the present owners but they are hopeful that a positive statement regarding prospective new owners will be made by the end of May.


Transat sailing boat collides with cargo ship

V&B skipper Maxime Sorel sets off on the 3050m solo race to New York. Credit: Lloyd Images

One of the sailing boats taking part in the Transat Bakerly race has collided with a cargo ship today (3 May).

At around 10am the Race Control operators received a call from the skipper Maxime Sorel aboard the Class40 V&B.

V&B skipper Maxime Sorel - Class40. Credit: Lloyd Images

He'd suffered a serious collision with a cargo ship, leaving the bowsprit of his boat damaged, with potential damage to the rig, which is currently still standing up.

The skipper is not injured, and he will now head to La Trinité sur Mer, or Lorient, to assess the damage.

Success for local teams on the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are enjoying the biggest weekend of their year, with the arrival of 3,000 rowers for the World Pilot Gig Championships.

In the event's 27th year, crews have come from as far afield as Holland and the USA.

Credit: ITV West Country

ITV's Steve Hardy recaps all the action from the final:

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