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Plymouth Albion avoid administration after fundraising over £250,000

United at last! Credit: ITV News

Plymouth Albion will not be entering administration after a hugely successful fundraising appeal.

Friends of Plymouth Albion pledged over £250,000 and combined with existing funds, the rugby club are able to meet immediate requirements.

Further funds are still needed but the club say this is a major step forward.

Deadline day for Plymouth Albion facing administration

Fans could see their side being deducted 20 points Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Plymouth Albion is holding a press conference this lunchtime about the possibility of the club going into administration.

Today is the deadline for the 140-year-old rugby club - it has until midnight to come up with a rescue package.

Administration would mean a 20-point deduction, effectively relegating them from the Championship.

Parling excited by new challenge at the Chiefs

It’s an exciting move for me and a new challenge at the Chiefs that I’m very much looking forward to. I’ve spoken to one or two people about the club and the area and it’s all been very positive. Of course it will be a change of scenery for me and my family, but it’s a new chapter in my career and one that we’re keen to take on.

– Geoff Parling

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Parling joins Exeter Chiefs on two-year deal

Exeter Chiefs have announced the signing of England and British Lions second row Geoff Parling on a two-year contract.

The 31-year-old has signed from Leicester Tigers where he helped the East Midlands club to twice lift English rugby’s Premiership title, as well as featuring in all three Test matches for the Lions against Australia in 2013.

Parling who has 21 England caps has signed a two-year deal Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

He is the second player to leave Leicester Tigers for the Devon club joining former club-mate, Thomas Waldrom at Sandy Park.

Read the full press release here.

Torquay United brings in former Oxford United chairman to help it survive

Kelvin Thomas discusses his intentions for the club. Credit: ITV News

Torquay United football club has brought in outside help to try to make it more financially sustainable.

Kelvin Thomas, the former Chairman of Oxford United, will spend the coming weeks assessing the state of the club.

The US-based businessman says he's not here to invest in the Gulls, just to advise on difficult decisions ahead.

New direction for Torquay United

Thea Bristow has been subsidising the club over the last three years Credit: Torquay United

More details are expected to be announced this morning about the new team being brought in to help run Torquay United off the pitch.

Kelvin Thomas, who used to be Chairman at Oxford United, will be working closely with Gulls Chairman Thea Bristow. She wants the club to be run in a more sustainable way, after subsidising Torquay for the last three years.

A press conference has been called for this morning.

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