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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.

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Gloucester rugby star Johnny May out for a season

Credit: David Jones/PA

Gloucester Rugby have announced Jonny May will be out for the rest of the season to recover from surgery.

The winger sustained a knee injury playing against Harlequins at Twickenham, and underwent surgery this week to repair damage to a ligament injury in his left knee.

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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