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England flanker Kvesic joins Exeter Chiefs

Kvesic has joined Exeter. Credit: PA

Exeter have signed England flanker Matt Kvesic on a three-year deal from their Aviva Premiership rivals Gloucester.

The Chiefs announced that 24-year-old Kvesic would move to Sandy Park for next season.

Kvesic has won three Test caps - two against Argentina in 2013 and one as a replacement when England beat Wales at Twickenham last May - and he will leave Gloucester after four years at Kingsholm.

"We see him as a very good player," Exeter head coach Rob Baxter said.

"I worked with him on the (England) tour to Argentina, where he was outstanding in the way he prepared himself, the way he carried himself and the way he played.

"Young English talent doesn't come on the market all that often, so when it does become available we are very determined to collect some of that here.

"He has got a lot of the qualities we like. He is very hard working, has a very high work rate on the field and off the field he is a good guy, and we feel he has also got a good deal of development in him."


Fearless Exeter boss warns injury-hit Liverpool ahead of FA Cup tie

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale has warned injury-hit Liverpool that his side will play with no FA Cup fear on Friday night.

Liverpool are without 11 players for their third-round trip to Devon as manager Jurgen Klopp contends with a mounting list of absentees and a third game in six days.

Exeter boss Tisdale will go into the game with a fearless attitude. Credit: PA

Playmaker Philippe Coutinho and centre-halves Kolo Toure and Dejan Lovren were the latest to pick injuries in the 1-0 Capital One Cup semi-final win at Stoke on Tuesday night and will all miss the St James Park tie.

Klopp has particular problems in central defence with Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel already ruled out, and Tisdale has promised that Liverpool can expect a bold approach from his Sky Bet League Two minnows.

"We are not just going to sit back and defend," Tisdale said ahead of Exeter's first third-round tie since they took Manchester United to a replay 11 years ago.

"I don't want to do that, we need to have some intent about us.

"I don't think we should hold back and wait for the game to happen.

"We need to go out and give it a go and get the balance right between risk and reward.

"It's a compromise between how much you risk, but we can play with no fear."

Boy dies in freak accident while watching football match

A 12-year-old boy has died after being hit by a goalpost in a freak accident while watching a village football game.

Oliver Croker was struck in the head by the post, which is thought to have been uprooted when two players collided with it.

His family today paid tribute to their "beautiful, gorgeous boy."

ITV News correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:

Pictures released of tragic boy, 12, killed by 'freak accident'

Pictures have been released showing a "knowledgeable, sparky and multi-talented" schoolboy who died after a freak accident on a football pitch.

Oliver Croker in a school picture taken last year Credit: Tiverton High School

Tiverton High School posted the images of Oliver Croker, from Bampton in Devon, along with a tribute describing him as "the life and soul of the party".

Read: School pays tribute to boy killed in 'freak accident'

The young rugby player died in hospital from severe injuries suffered when a piece of metal fencing reportedly became lodged in his head.

Oliver Croker during an outdoor education session Credit: Tiverton High School

Family of tragic 'freak accident' victim donate his organs

The mother of a 12-year-old boy killed by a freak accident during a football match has revealed the family donated his organs to transplant patients.

Oliver Croker died after suffering severe head injuries when part of a metal fence at the side of the pitch in Kensham Park in Bradninch, near Exeter, hit him during the game.

In a post on Facebook, his mother Pippa said she felt "so proud" that Oliver could help save the lives of others.

We would very much like you all to feel so proud of Oliver this evening. Through organ donation he has given life to five other children.

He will live on in them. What very lucky boys and girls they are!!! Love you our beautiful gorgeous boy!! X

– Pippa Croker, via Facebook
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