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Mascot madness at Sandy Park

Mascots in Unison at Sandy Park Credit: Azure Photography

Famous mascots from across Devon joined forces at Sandy Park for some half time fun to celebrate the Rugby World Cup coming to Devon.

The Exeter Chiefs v London Welsh rugby match hosted the mascots from the top attractions throughout the county.

Mascots in Unison at Sandy Park Credit: Azure Photography

This event symbolises the way forward for Devon tourism and demonstrates local tourism businesses putting on a united front and working together across the South West.

We had tourist attractions, accommodation providers, local public transport and charities all joining together to promote the Rugby World Cup and all that Devon has to offer.

– Simon Fishwick, Chairman of Devon’s Top Attractions

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RUGBY: Six-year-old Harry sings for England

England mascot Harry Westlake belts out the National Anthem at Twickenham Credit: PA

A new star of rugby was born at the weekend - and he's only six years old .

Harry Westlake, from Plymouth was the England mascot for the Six Nations tie against Italy.

He won the hearts of millions with the passionate way he belted out the National Anthem.

We asked him for an encore - and he duly obliged.

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

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.

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Deadline day for struggling Plymouth Albion

Supporters and players have come together to try to save Plymouth Albion Credit: ITV News

Today is deadline day for Plymouth Albion Rugby Club to find financial backers or call in the administrators.

The club - who won their first championship match in ten months at the weekend - filed a notice to appoint administrators on New Year's Eve.

A crowd funding scheme was set up to try to find the cash to keep it going.

RUGBY: Exeter Chiefs triumph over La Rochelle

Gareth Steenson, seen here lining up a conversion, has just signed a new deal with Exeter Chiefs Credit: PA

Sport and in rugby, the Exeter Chiefs have won away from home in the European Challenge Cup.

They beat La Rochelle 36 - 10. Gareth Steenson - who has just signed a new deal with the Chiefs - contributed 16 of those points while Adam Hughes, Brett Sturgess, Byron McGuigan and Fetu'u Vainikolo all ran in tries..

The bonus point win puts the Chiefs top of pool 2 after three games and extends their winning run to seven matches in all competitions.

Exeter Chiefs beat La Rochelle tonight Credit: ITV News
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