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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

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.

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Mumm to miss season start for shoulder op

Exeter captain Dean Mumm is having a shoulder op which will mean him missing the start of the new Premiership Campaign Credit: PA

Exeter Chiefs Skipper Dean Mumm will miss the start of the new Premiership campaign after having an operation on his shoulder

The 30-year old former Australian international second row forward, suffered the injury last season.

It comes as a blow to the Chiefs' early season plans; they travel to London Welsh on September 7th.

'Paves' to be a player-coach

Alan Paver, has signed a two-year contract as a Player/Coach with the Cornish Pirates Credit: The Cornish Pirates

The Cornish Pirates long serving prop forward Alan Paver, has signed a two-year contract as a Player/Coach.

The 36 year old known as 'Paves' has amassed 310 games for the club, inlcluding playing in the RFU Championship XV against the Maori All Blacks.

Director of Rugby Ian Davies says:

"_Alan has always had a leading input with the scrummaging here at the Pirates but now this role will help him expand his focus to other parts of the team... at some point he may realise there are other players on the field other than just front rowers! "

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Rugby fan flattened by star after pitch invasion

An Exeter Chiefs fan got more than he bargained for when he ran onto the pitch to celebrate a last minute try.

Chris Kellow, who's from Cornwall, invaded the pitch during the Chiefs' game against Gloucester at the weekend, but got a frosty welcome from Fly Half Freddie Burns, who dumped him to the ground. The celebration proved premature, as Gloucester went on to win the match!

Chiefs get ready for cup final

The Chiefs will have home advantage - Sunday's final will take place at Sandy Park Credit: PA

Exeter Chiefs are preparing for their first cup final in six years. The Chiefs, who beat Bath in the semi final of the LV Cup, will face Northampton at Sandy Park on Sunday. They're looking for their first victory in a national cup final.

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