#SWrugby shorts 07.01.15

Bristol Rugby shieldWasps wing Tom Varndell has agreed to join ambitious Bristol Rugby next season on a two-year deal.

The experienced 29-year-old Ashford, Kent born flyer has been capped four times by England and played more than 100 times for Wasps since joining them from Leicester Tigers.

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#SWrugby shorts 06.01.15

Bath rugby logoWelsh international fly-half Rhys Priestland is teaming up with Bath Rugby next season on a two-year contract.

The freescoring 27-year-old joins Bath from Scarlets for whom he has already made 147 appearances, scoring 1059 points.

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#SWrugby shorts 05.01.15

Bristol's Italian centre Tommaso Benvenuti courtesy & copyright John White MediaBristol RFC have signed Italian international back Tommaso Benvenuti, 24, from USA Perpignan on an 18-month contract.

Benvenuti - who can play at centre, wing or full back - joined USAP from Treviso in May 2013.

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SOMERSET RFU Cup dates and updates

Somerset Rugby Football Union crestSomerset begin their build-up for May’s county championship campaign with a warm-up match against Bath Combination XV tomorrow at Walcot RFC (1930).

Somerset start the championship season against Devon at Bridgwater & Albion RFC on May 10 and visit Kent on May 25, when the match will take place at Medway RFC.

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EXETER CHIEFS Cup of cheer for forward-thinking Mumm

Exeter Chiefs England wing Jack Nowell image courtesy & copyright Exeter Rugby Club/Pinnacle Photo AgencyMatch-winning skipper Dean Mumm believes Exeter Chiefs can use their LV= Cup triumph over Northampton as a springboard for success.

The New Zealand-born Australian international lock led from the front helping extend Exeter’s lead by finishing a scintillating second half move with Chiefs’ second try of the day.

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LV= CUP reward for Chiefs hard work says Baxter

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter praised his squad following a thrilling 15-8 LV= Cup final win over Aviva Premiership pacesetters Northampton Saints at Sandy Park.

Exeter's first major silverware in their 143-year history was clinched in front of 10,004 at Sandy Park thanks to tries from Chris Whitehead and cup-winning skipper Dean Mumm, who scored the match-winning touchdown. Devon-born fly half Henry Slade added the extras.

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