RUGBY UNION Jonathan Joseph staying at Bath

Bath Rugby crestEngland international star Jonathan Joseph has signed a new contract with Bath Rugby.

The Derby-born 27-year-old centre - in Portugal with England ahead of the Guinness Six Nations - has scored 147 points in 109 Premiership apperances for the blue, black and whites since joining Bath ahead of the 2013/14 season.

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Nowell, Slade and Cowan-Dickie commit to Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs logoRob Baxter’s forward-thinking vision for Exeter Chiefs has been boosted with the news that their three locally-born international stars have pledged their immediate futures to the Devon club.

England internationals Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jack Nowell - from Cornwall - and Devon's Henry Slade have all put pen to paper on two-year deals that will keep them at Sandy Park until the end of the 2020/2021 season.

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PREMIERSHIP RUGBY PREVIEW round 10

Gallagher Premiership logoGallagher Premiership Rugby returns this weekend with a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash as last year’s finalists Saracens visit second placed Exeter Chiefs in a Sandy Park sell-out today.

Chiefs’ perfect league start was ended 28-26 last time out at Harlequins while Saracens have won nine from nine and are unbeaten in 22 matches in all competitions.

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SW RUGBY SHORTS Clifton and Exmouth into cup finals

Devon 1 rugby shirt South West Sports News imagesClifton RFC will meet Cleve RFC in the Bristol & District Rugby Combination Cup final a week today at Cleve RFC.

Clifton beat Old Redcliffians 25-5 last night to seal their place in next Wednesday’s final.

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SW RUGBY SHORTS New Bath Combination finals date

Combination Finals night at Bath Rugby’s Recreation Ground has been rescheduled Wednesday April 25 following “adverse weather conditions over the last few days”.

The finals – Chippenham RFC vs Keynsham RFC in the cup and Corsham RFC vs Stothert & Pitt RFC in the vase – were originally scheduled to take place on April 11.

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RUGBY ROUND-UP Exeter surge clear at summit

Defending champions Exeter Chiefs surged seven points clear of Wasps at the Premiership summit following a 24-14 top of the table win over play-off rivals Saracens at Sandy Park.

Three first half penalties from fly half Joe Simmonds and a try from full back Phil Dollman gave the hosts a slender 14-12 half time advantage as the visitors countered with tries from Schalk Brits and Ben Earl, converted by Ben Spencer.

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