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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.


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

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.


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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