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Plymouth Albion sign three new players

Plymouth Albion head coach James Shanahan has continued building his squad for next season by capturing the signatures of three new players.

Albion's back row options will be enhanced by the arrival of 22-year-old Alistair Bone, who has just graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Sport Management.

The third new signing, 23-year-old Tom Cowan-Dickie, is already well known to Albion fans having been dual registered with Exeter Chiefs for the last two seasons.

Cowan-Dickie has been restricted by injury this season and has made just two league appearances during the current campaign.

Josh is a very lively 9 with lots of pace and power. He impressed me last year in the Junior World Cup playing for Wales.

Ali is a very powerful and dynamic back row player who has the ability to cover the whole of the back row which will gives us versatility.

Tom is a very powerful rugby player and will bring that to our front row next season.

We have lacked strong ball carriers in that department and I feel Tom can bring that to our game.

It shows the strong link we have with Exeter and I'm looking forward to having Tom with us as a full time Albion player.

– James Shanahan, Plymouth Albion head coach

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Plymouth Albion win at Bedford

Plymouth Albion scored three tries in a 33-18 win at Bedford in the Championship.

Tomorrow the Exeter Chiefs travel to Bath in the semi-finals of the LV= Cup. Kick-off at The Rec is at 1pm. The winners will play Northampton in the final at Sandy Park. They beat Saracens today in the other semi-final match.

And in the Championship, the Cornish Pirates face league leaders Bristol.

Tomorrow's matches both kick-off at 1pm.

Plymouth's Scrum-half Ruairi Cushion talks ahead of derby

Plymouth Albion visit West Country rivals Bristol in rugby's Championship on Sunday. Albion have had a tendency this season to lose games from a winning position.

Plymouth's Scrum-half Ruairi Cushion told our reporter Jeff Welch his side are determined to show at the weekend that if they do take the lead they will be able to hold onto it.

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Albion through to B&I Cup quarter-finals

Plymouth Albion and Exeter Chiefs both won today.

Plymouth Albion have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the British and Irish Cup.

Albion finished top of their pool after a 34-23 victory at Nottingham.

Last night, the Cornish Pirates lost 27-23 at Ulster - the winning try was scored in the final minute.

And in the Heineken Cup, Exeter Chiefs won 19-13 at Cardiff Blues. Don Armand scored the Chiefs' only try of the game, with the rest of the points coming from the boot of Gareth Steenson.

Comfortable win for Plymouth Albion

Plymouth Albion have continued their impressive form in the British and Irish Cup.

The Pool 4 leaders scored six tries in a 39-3 win over Stirling at Brickfields, with Ben Woods crossing the line twice.

Rivals Munster also won tonight. Both teams have 18 points.

With one game remaining in the pool stage, only the top team is guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals.

Lewis Hamilton's brother wins go-karting challenge

by Duncan Sleightholme

The brother of the Formula One racing driver, Lewis Hamilton, has been showing that good driving runs in the family - he's just beaten Plymouth Albion and Argyle players in a go-karting challenge. Nicolas Hamilton is also a professional racing driver.

He has Cerebral Palsy and couldn't walk unaided until a few years ago. But he isn't letting that hold him back.

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