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FT: Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs' Damian Welch (centre) is tackled by Gloucester Rugby's Ben Morgan (left) and Richard Hibbard. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Exeter Chiefs have picked up their second win of the season after beating Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Despite conceding two early tries, Rob Baxter's men battled back to win 25 - 22.

Ben White scored the Chiefs' only try, with 17 points coming from the boot of Gareth Steenson.


A year until Rugby World Cup comes to Exeter

Celebrations in Exeter a year to Rugby World Cup Credit: ITV West Country/Jacquie Bird

Sandy Park will be one of the 13 match venues for the world tournament in 2015. Exeter will host Tonga during the tournament and there'll be three games in its stadium.

For Chiefs players like Tom Johnson, who could be part of the England line up it's an exciting time. Schools in the city have pledged their support to the five teams who'll be playing there, Georgia, Italy Namibia, Romania and Tonga.

Countdown to Rugby World Cup in Exeter

It's a year until the first game of the Rugby World Cup takes place on 18 September 2015 Credit: PA

It's a year today until World Cup Fever hits Exeter with the first game of the Rugby World Cup. Exeter will host Tonga and there will be three games at Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park during the tournament.

Schools in the city have pledged their support to the five teams who'll be playing there, Georgia, Italy Namibia, Romania and Tonga.

Help for Heroes speak out against fraudster

Help for Heroes say the public have been shocked by the case of Christopher Copeland from Devon, who has been jailed for stealing £300,000 through fake charity collections.

Copeland deceived the public into thinking they were making donations which would help our wounded. Instead he was stealing from them and using the money for his own personal gain through a deceptive web of fraud which took detectives three years to untangle. We have been astonished by the response of the public. Many of those defrauded by him have contacted us to express shock that someone would use organised and criminal tactics to prevent money supporting the wounded.

– Jo Brookes, Income Protection Officer at Help for Heroes


Man gets four and a half years for defrauding charity

Christopher Copeland sentenced to four and a half years Credit: ITV West Country

A man who gathered £300,000 in donations for Help For Heroes and kept the money for himself has been sentenced to 4 and a half years in prison.

52 year old Christopher Copeland from mid Devon admitted fraud and money laundering at Exeter Crown Court.

He had a team of staff, who believed they were raising money for charity legitimately, who took old military vehicles, branded with the Help for Heroes logo, to supermarkets and shopping centres all over the country. The money raised never reached the charity but was instead used to subsidise Mr Copeland's own business which was in financial difficulty and has since gone into liquidation.

Help for Heroes 'collector' to be sentenced

Christopher Copeland has admitted fraud of £300,000 Credit: Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire

A man is due to be sentenced at Exeter Crown Court today after defrauding the charity Help for Heroes out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Christopher Copeland from Devon admitted swindling the charity out of £300,000 over an eighteen month period. He's been told by the judge that he faces a 'lengthy' jail sentence.

Rugby World Cup comes to Exeter

The Webb Ellis Cup will be on display at Exeter's Guildhall and Sandy Park Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

The Rugby World Cup comes to Exeter tomorrow (Saturday). The Webb Ellis Cup will be on display at Exeter’s Guildhall and at Sandy Park, one of the 13 venues for Rugby World Cup 2015.

The visit comes as up to one million tickets go on general sale for all 48 matches at Rugby World Cup 2015. This includes tickets for Tonga v Namibia, Namibia v Georgia and Italy v Romania which will both be played at Sandy Park. People can have their picture taken with the Webb Ellis Cup Trophy at the Guildhall on the High Street from 10.00am until 12noon.

The Trophy will then make the short journey across the city to Sandy Park to celebrate the reopening of the stadium after it’s summer re-development. Fans attending the Exeter Chiefs’ first home game of the season against Leicester Tigers will also be able to see the Trophy and have their picture taken with it, between 1pm and 3pm.

Having the Webb Ellis Cup in Exeter for such an exciting day was a too big to miss. The development work that has taken place at Sandy Park over the summer has been outstanding and Exeter is very proud to have such a forward thinking Rugby club within the city.

– Cllr Rosie Denham Lead Councillor for Economy & Culture
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