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Jack Nowell among trio to secure new deals with Chiefs

Three Exeter Chiefs players have all agreed new deals with the Aviva Premiership club.

Credit: Exeter Rugby Club/PInnacle Photo Agency

Fresh from helping England record a first-ever series win in Australia last month, Jack Nowell, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Henry Slade have signed on to new three-year contracts.

All three players have established themselves within English rugby, but also on the European and international stage.

When you look at all the things it needs for three players like that to sign for a club, it shows that you are ticking a lot of boxes.

First and foremost it shows that we look after them and they enjoy being here, which is vitally important, but it also shows that we can help them not only achieve the ambitions which they have achieved so far, but that they also feel in the future they will experience big things here, not just in the Premiership and in Europe, but also internationally.

– Rob Baxter, head coach

Forest Green striker joins Colchester United

Kurtis Guthrie joins Colchester United Credit: Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green Rovers striker, Kurtis Guthrie, has agreed a deal to join League 2 side, Colchester United.

The Us were relegated from League 1 at the end of last season.

Guthrie moves to the Essex club from Forest Green Rovers, who were beaten by Grimsby in the National League play-off final at Wembley in May.

The 23 year old spent two seasons with the Green Devils and made 43 league appearances for them last term, scoring 11 goals.

Jersey-born Guthrie earned his first professional contract in 2011 at League 2 club, Accrington Stanley, and went onto have spells with Bath City, Welling and Forest Green before securing his move back to the Football League with Colchester.


FOOTBALL: Lee Tomlin signs for Bristol City

Operations Manager Mark Ashton, New signing Lee Tomlin and Head Coach Lee Johnson at Ashton Gate today Credit: Bristol City FC

Lee Tomlin has signed a three-year contract to complete a switch from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee.

He spent part of last season at Ashton Gate on loan - scoring six goals in 18 appearances

From the day the season finished I just wanted to come back.

I loved every minute of my loan spell at Bristol City; the people and the fans.

It was stressful at times this summer but I was just so desperate to come here. I can’t thank Steve Lansdown, Mark Ashton and the gaffer enough for making it happen.

It feels like a big weight off my shoulders now that it’s done. Hopefully I can start where I left off from last season.

– Lee Tomlin
Lee Tomlin in action for City against Hull in April Credit: PA

Head coach Lee Johnson says the club is delighted to welcome Lee back to Ashton Gate.

I believe we’ve signed the most talented player at Championship level in terms of ability. He was fantastic for us last season and I believe his best football is ahead of him.

– Lee Johnson, Head Coach, Bristol City

Fox-Pitt, Hester and Dujardin reselected for Olympics

West Country Olympic medalists William Fox-Pitt, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin have all been selected for Britain's equestrian team for the Rio Olympics.

Fox-Pitt's selection comes just nine months after suffering serious injuries in a cross-country fall.

The Dorset rider, a member of the silver medal-winning team at London 2012, will ride his 2015 Badminton Horse Trials winner Chilli Morning in Rio.

Last October, he suffered head trauma and was hospitalised following a fall at the World Young Horse Championships in France.

William Fox-Pitt, three day eventer Credit: ITV West Country

Kitty King from Wiltshire has been selected for the eventing team for first time. She''ll be riding Ceylor L A N.

It’s probably the best phone call I’ve ever had; it’s something that I dreamt of as a child. It’s really special for the whole support team at home too; the amount of work that they put in is incredible, it’s definitely not just about me and the horse, it’s about everyone else behind us too. None of it would be possible without my sponsors and UK Sport support; it’s made a massive difference.”

– Kitty King, three day eventer

Gold medallists Charlotte Dujardin with Valegro and her coach Carl Hester with Nip Tuck from the Forest of Dean are back in Team GB's Dressage team

Charlotte Dujardin, dressage rider Credit: ITV West Country

It’s still a very exciting time for British dressage as a sport; to take the success of London forward to Rio is going to be a huge undertaking but I’m really looking forward to the challenge with what is a fantastic team.

I am very lucky with my involvement, in part-owning two horses on the team, it really feels like a family affair; Jane and Roly have both been part of the British team for the past few years and it’s great to have their continued support. I’m really excited to be coaching the talents of Charlotte, Spencer and Fiona; hopefully it will be a Games to remember.

– Charlotte Dujardin, dressage rider

Motorbike rider dies after race at Castle Combe

It's been confirmed a motorbike racer has died following an accident at Castle Combe Circuit in Wiltshire. Tributes have been paid to Jer Thomas from Radstock who passed away at the weekend.

Jer Thomas, dead rider Credit: EDP Photo News

The motorbike rider who's both a husband and dad, collided with another bike during Saturday's races.

The rider from Radstock passed away overnight between Saturday and Sunday. He leaves his wife Abbi and children Rebecca and Caitlin.

Jer Thomas in action Credit: EDP Photo News

It is understood he collided with another rider, who has been treated for a broken hip, sprained ankle and bruises at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

NG Road Racing Credit: NG Road Racing

Tributes have been pouring in on social media.

R.I.P Jer,our sincere condolences to The family & Friends at this devastating time, YOU WILL be sorely missed by many Big Guy But never forgotten

– Lee Davies


Gloucestershire beat Somerset in the T20 Blast

In cricket an off-form Somerset have been beaten in the T20 blast by local rivals Gloucestershire.

The cidermen made 167 for 7 in their 20 overs at the County Ground. Gloucestershire were 168 for 3 in reply. They won by seven wickets, mainly thanks to a century from captain Michael Klinger.

Australian batsman and Gloucestershire one day captain Michael Klinger Credit: PA
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