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Twitter goes mad after Exeter Chiefs victory

Twitter has been awash with messages from fans following Exeter Chiefs victory over Wasps at Sandy Park.

The 34 - 23 victory sends the Chiefs to their first ever Premiership Final where they will face reigning Champions and newly crowned European Champions Saracens at Twickenham.

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Exeter beat Wasps to secure place in Premiership Final

Dave Ewers celebrates scoring a try in the playoff semi-final against Wasps Credit: Julian Herbert/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Exeter Chiefs will play their first ever Premiership Final at Twickenham after a thrilling win over Wasps at Sandy Park.

The Chiefs ran out 34 points to 23 winners in front of a sell out crowd.

Tries from Ian Whitten, Dave Ewers and two penalty tries secured victory for the Chiefs in wet and windy conditions.

The Chiefs will now meet current Premiership Champions and newly crowned European Champions Saracens at Twickenham.

Excitement builds as Exeter Chiefs prepare for crunch match

Excitement is building ahead Exeter Chiefs first ever play off semi final. The Chiefs take on Wasps this afternoon after they finished 2nd and 3rd in the Premiership. The winner will take on Saracens or Leicester in the League final at Twickernham next week. Fans are already sending their messages of support on Twitter, including one group of friends who sent their best wishes all the way from sunny Spain...

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

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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.

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