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Plymouth Albion call in administrators

Troubled Plymouth Albion are to appoint an administrator as part of efforts to secure its future. The rugby club is facing what it calls 'serious financial challenges' together with the threat of relegation from the Championship.

The club is calling on supporters to pack Brickfields for their next two home games this Saturday and on Saturday January 31st to help boost the team and the club's finances.

"Issuing a Notice of Intention to appoint an administrator has been a difficult but necessary decision and is a reflection of the seriousness and imminent nature of the financial challenges which the club now faces. We continue to intensively explore all options but clearly time is not on our side."

– Dr Graham Stirling, Chairman, Plymouth Albion

Albion lose Championship opener at Doncaster

Plymouth Albion have been beaten on the opening day of the new Championship season.

James Shanahan's men went down 27-6 at Doncaster. Lawrence Rayner scored Albion's points from the penalty spot.

Tomorrow in the Premiership, Exeter Chiefs travel to newly promoted London Welsh (2pm). And in the Championship, the Cornish Pirates take on Yorkshire Carnegie at the Mennaye Field (3pm).

Sunday's rugby fixtures.


Albion chuck away 11-0 half-time lead to lose

There's no game for the Exeter Chiefs this weekend. But in the final round of Championship matches, Plymouth Albion threw away an 11-0 half-time lead to lose 16-11 at Moseley.

Albion were on course to leapfrog their opponents in the table, but defeat means they finish the season in 8th place.

And the Cornish Pirates lost 36-3 at Leeds last night. The Pirates finish sixth.

Albion finish the season in 8th place, while the Pirates finish 6th.

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


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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