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Cordero extends his stay at Exeter Chiefs

Cordero extends his stay at the Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter, has spoken of his delight after it was confirmed Facundo Cordero has agreed a contract extension with the reigning English and European champions.

The 22-year-old joined the Chiefs in July of last year, following in the footsteps of older brother Santiago, who enjoyed two highly successful seasons at Sandy Park, scoring 10 tries in 33 appearances.

Cordero – who can play at full-back or on the wing – made his debut for the Chiefs in last season’s Gallagher Premiership game away to Saracens.

Since then, he has featured...

Rugby team photo

Memories of Honiton and Exeter Rugby Clubs

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Thu, 04/08/2021 - 3:33pm

Rare photos and a medal from the halcyon days of rugby will be auctioned in Chilcotts sale on April 17.

The items were discovered during a routine house clearance, bringing to light the history of one local family’s deep connection with the sport.

Initially three black and white team photographs were found. Two are of Exeter RFC team 1930-31 and 1931-32, and the other depicts the Honiton RFC team of 1935-6 pictured sitting in front of the pavilion on Allhallows Playing Fields. All the photos featured one individual named CH Beer, with Frank Beer in the Honiton picture...

A Whistle-Stop Tour of ‘the Ones to Watch’ at the 2021 Grand National

A Whistle-Stop Tour of ‘the Ones to Watch’ at the 2021 Grand National

Authored by Simon Wells
Posted: Wed, 04/07/2021 - 5:21pm

Anyone would be hard pushed to think of a more infamous four and a half mile stretch than that of the Aintree steeplechase. For more than one hundred and eighty years, this particular racecourse has seen countless highpoints for racers who have gone on to make history – and, of course, the immense crowds of punters who turn their sites on those thirty fences each year.

From forty runners, the onus of choosing one winner from the line-up is on all of us. With teasers and early glimmers of insight trickling in over the preceding weeks – most recently, the five day declaration stage...

Exeter Chiefs side to face Lyon

Exeter Chiefs side to face Lyon

Rob Baxter says it’s ‘all or nothing’ for his Exeter Chiefs side as they resume the defence of their Heineken Champions Cup crown against Lyon at Sandy Park tomorrow (5:30pm).

Despite playing only one fixture so far in the competition - that ended in a comprehensive 42-0 home win against Glasgow Warriors - that bonus point victory ensured they were among the qualifiers for the new-look format to European Rugby’s premier club competition.

Having thought their hopes were severely dented when they had to concede the game against Toulouse in their second qualifying game back...

What Is It About the Grand National That Brings Everyone Together?

Authored by Simon Wells
Posted: Fri, 04/02/2021 - 12:24pm

Can you think of any sporting events that bring the country together like the Grand National Festival? Football and cricket are more popular, but they are tribal most of the time. Even the World Cup ends in disharmony when England inevitably leave early.

The Grand National, however, is a picture of calm and serenity. Not only that, but everyone feels included. We’re from Exeter, which is 256 miles from Aintree Racecourse, and we’ll be just as involved on April 10th as the locals. The National has the power that other events can’t replicate, and that’s what makes it special. The...

Which soccer teams are currently the best?

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Wed, 03/31/2021 - 10:37am

For over 150 years, soccer has been the universal language of sport. It is played all over the world by countless individuals and has billions of fans all over the world. The joy and excitement that soccer has brought to people around the world is unstoppable for any sport invented by mankind. Over the years, it has become a factor of unification with the world tournaments that are organized and that bring together all people from different backgrounds for a single purpose.

You can't see the most exclusive soccer teams in the world without taking a look at the betting. Betting on...

Honiton gymnast Hallie wins silver in global acrobatics competition

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 03/30/2021 - 10:54pm

Last weekend, four Honiton gymnasts took part in the global Acrobatic Blocks Competition (ABC) where they performed virtual handstand events against some of the best acrobatic gymnasts and circus performers in the world.

Hallie Bennett, Max MacDonald, Sky Shute and Oscar Felice took part in the event, which was held on Zoom and broadcast live on YouTube, featuring more than 350 competitors from 25 countries in four age-group categories. Competing hand-balancers were from countries including Japan, USA, Russia, Portugal, Australia, Israel and Iran. The competition ran from 7am...

Exeter City FC players Nigel Atangana, Matt Jay and Jake Taylor support community initiative

Huge community effort supports vulnerable families

Exeter City Football Club players Jake Taylor, Matt Jay and Nigel Atangana took a break from training to support a massive community effort to provide food for Exeter’s most vulnerable children and their families.

Exeter CITY Community Trust, in partnership with Exeter City Futures, has undertaken the huge task of assembling substantial parcels of food, personal care products, and energy vouchers for around 550 vulnerable families in Exeter and Cranbrook.

Funding of £50,000 for the initiative has come from Devon County Council as part of its winter grant scheme. Exeter...

4 reasons to choose to bet on Football

Authored by Sam Richards
Posted: Tue, 03/23/2021 - 11:00am

One of the challenges when you are just getting into sports betting, online or otherwise, is to figure out what you should bet on. Should you seek the sports with the bigger payouts? The ones that are most popular? Or maybe the sports that are easier to follow?

And while there is no universal answer to which sport you should bet on, there are good reasons why you should make football your top pick. Here are some of them.

1 - It is familiar

The popularity of football means that you are likely familiar with the basic rules of the game, and may even be able to name...

Cheltenham a great time to win

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Tue, 03/16/2021 - 8:05am

The Cheltenham Festival is considered one of the most interesting and prestigious horse racing championships in the world. It has been held in the English seaside resort of Cheltenham (Gloucestershire, England) for over 100 years. A large number of tourists, attracted by both the sporting component and the festive atmosphere, visit Cheltenham Barrier Racing every year. For people that love spending time in Exeter it's a great occasion to have a peek at the Cheltenham festival and live the spirit of the festival.

Statistics

During the Cheltenham Racecourse period, many...

Greyhound racing in Exeter

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Mon, 03/15/2021 - 5:12pm

History of racing

Greyhound racing has a long history in England and around the world. It was born out of coursing, a form of hunting that became a sport during the 1700s. Coursing involved greyhounds or other sighthounds (like whippets, wolfhounds, and deerhounds) chasing down wild rabbits or deer. The thrill of watching a pack of dogs chase down their prey was replicated with the introduction of the mechanical rabbit in the early 1900s. The mechanical rabbit made it possible for the sport to become more accessible - a day at the track is much more comfortable and easier to...

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