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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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Fanzone location revealed in Exeter

The location of the Fanzone in Exeter for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup has been revealed.

Northernhay Gardens in the heart of the city will be open for thirteen days to allow supporters to share the World Cup experience.

The Webb Ellis Cup Credit: Exeter City Council

Each fanzone will include a big screen, rugby activities, food and drink and what organisers are calling "unique regional content". It'll have room for more than 5,000 spectators.

The trophy will also be in Exeter earlier in the year.

A map of the southern Fanzones Credit: England Rugby 2015

The Webb Ellis Trophy heads west

The Rugby World Cup will be on tour around the West Country later in the year.

It'll be in the South West between July 7th and 17th.

The Webb Ellis Trophy - heading west Credit: Exeter City Council

A full list of the South West locations:

  • July 7 - Isle of Scilly Five Islands School, Eden Project, and Perranporth Beach
  • July 8 - Plymouth University, Dartmoor National Park, Exmouth RFC, and Crediton RFC
  • July 9 - South West
  • July 10 - Sandy Park, and Woodbury Park, Exeter
  • July 11 - Exeter City Centre
  • July 12 - Weymouth Beach, Oakmeadians RFC and Devizes
  • July 13 - University of Bath, Odd Down Playing Fields, and Guildhall
  • July 14 - South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, and Bristol Grammar School
  • July 15 - Kingsholm Stadium, Hartpury College, and Gloucester Cathedral
  • July 16 - Gloucester Docks, Gloucester City Museum, and Cheltenham RFC

“We are looking forward to welcoming the Webb Ellis Cup to Exeter as part of the official Trophy Tour in June. Exeter is gearing up for a rugby celebration during Rugby World Cup.”

– Cllr Rosie Denham, Exeter City Council

Launching on June 10, 100 days to go to the opening match, the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will travel through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on September 18 ahead of the Opening Ceremony.

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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.

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.

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