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Pirates hope for glory against London Welsh

In rugby, the Cornish Pirates are hoping to overturn a 16-point deficit when they take on London Welsh in the second leg of the Championship play-off final tonight. The Pirates lost last week's first leg at the Mennaye Field 37-21. Tonight's game takes place at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford.

The Pirates have been training hard for tonight's clash with London Welsh Credit: ITV Westcountry

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Honour for Exeter Chiefs Head Coach

Exeter Chief's head coach is celebrating after winning a major award. Rob Baxter has been named the Aviva Premiership Director of Rugby of the season, He guided the Chiefs to a fifth place finish in the club's second season in the top flight.

Rob Baxter guided the Chiefs into fifth place in the Premiership Credit: ITV Westcountry

The Chiefs - who will now play in next season's Heineken Cup - also reached the quarter finals of the Amlin Cup.

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Rugby: Chiefs lock to retire due to injury

Exeter lock Peter Short has confirmed his immediate retirement from rugby due to injury. The 32-year-old, who joined Exeter from their Aviva Premiership rivals Bath last summer, made just seven appearances for the Chiefs.

Short's season was halted when he broke his leg playing against London Irish last September.

He underwent successful surgery before embarking on a lengthy rehabilitation programme that culminated in him briefly returning to action in late January.

"I have been trying to get back, but it has been a struggle. Obviously it's disappointing to go out this way, but it is part and parcel of the game".

"As a player you tend not to really think about the end, but since the injury in September it has given me time to think about the future and get a few bits and pieces in place".

"As hard as I've worked, there was still too much pain and it has been a real struggle to get back to the same levels as I was earlier in the season."

– Peter Short, Exeter Chiefs
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