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.
He is the second player to leave Leicester Tigers for the Devon club joining former club-mate, Thomas Waldrom at Sandy Park.
Today is Plymouth Albion's deadline to avoid going into administration. The rugby club need to raise £250,000.
If they do go into administration, they'll face a 20 point deduction - effectively relegating them from the Championship.
Onto rugby and Cornish Pirates made the long journey to London in the Championship tonight.
The Pirates made a good showing but were beaten by London Scottish at the Athletic Ground. Final score 27-15.
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.
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.
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).
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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.
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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! "