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Two quick tries put Chiefs ahead at half time

Two tries from Thomas Waldrom have put Exeter Chiefs ahead in their quarter final match against Wasps going into half time.

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It's crunch time as Exeter Chiefs gear up for quarter final

Exeter Chiefs take on premiership side Wasps Credit: ITV West Country

Thousands of Exeter Chiefs fans will be among the crowd in Coventry for the quarter final of the European Champions Cup.

It's the highest profile game the club has ever been involved in as they play fellow Premiership side Wasps at the stadium they share with Coventry City Football Club.

We're at the ground ready for the match, here's what the fans had to say before the crunch tie:

Club hopes for more female rugby players

Lily Partridge Credit: Family

A women's rugby club in Exeter held open training sessions today (March 20th) to encourage more girls to take up the sport.

The event at Topsham Rugby Club was held in memory of Lily Partridge who died last year.

The 23-year-old zookeeper, who was from Topsham, collapsed after sustaining the injury in a training match. She was flown to hospital but died.

ITV's Claire Manning went along to the training session earlier.

Cornish Pirates prepare to face 'nemesis'

Cornish Pirates training ahead of the big game. Credit: ITV West Country

Cornish Pirates have been training hard ahead of their big challenge on Sunday.

They face Doncaster in the British and Irish Cup Quarter Final at the Mennaye. Doncaster have won both league games against the Pirates this season, and Director of Rugby Ian Davies says it's going to be a tough one.

"They're our nemesis at the moment. Hopefully that changes on Sunday.

"They're a gnarly old side; they know how to play the game, how to slow it down, how to play at their tempo, and we've got to try and negate that and play our own style."

– Director of Rugby Ian Davies

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Exeter Chiefs' Jack Nowell retained in England squad

Exeter wing Jack Nowell has retained his place in England's Six Nations squad. Credit: PA Images

Cornwall's Jack Nowell is the only Exeter Chiefs player to be retained in the England squad for the upcoming Six Nations Championship.

The Cornwall-born wing was one of three Exeter players initially selected when Eddie Jones announced his interim squad on January 13.

But the squad has now been cut down to 22 men with Nowell's Exeter team-mates Luke Cowan-Dickie and Sam Hill among ten players released to rejoin their clubs.

Truro-born Nowell scored three Six Nations tries in 2015, including a double against France in a 55-35 win last March. He also featured in England's Rugby World Cup squad this Autumn.

Funeral takes place of Exeter rugby player who died after collapsing on pitch

A grey day as Exeter Cathedral bids farewell to a young woman with so much to live for Credit: ITV News
Lily Partridge died after collapsing with a head injury during a rugby training match Credit: Family
Lily's funeral was held at Exeter Cathedral as so many people wanted to attend the service Credit: ITV News
Lily was a registered donor and her organs will be used to help save other lives Credit: ITV News

The funeral of rugby player Lily Partridge has taken place at Exeter Cathedral.

The 23-year-old zookeeper, who was from Topsham near Exeter, collapsed after being injured in a training match earlier this month. She was airlifted to hospital but later died.

Lily was a founding member of the Exonian Ladies Rugby team in Topsham.

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