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Gloucester-Hartpury v Exeter Chiefs

A Battle of the Giants This was another game to show the PWR at its best. First met third, another repeat of last year’s final. Could G-H possibly hold out against ravenous Chiefs again? The hosts were suffering cruelly from injuries; it was hard to credit how many players they were short of: Heard, Venner,

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Odd One Out

Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs Just one match this weekend, as Exeter Chiefs make a long journey towards the north pole to meet Sale Sharks on Sunday at the CorpAcq Stadium; kick-off 13.00. The original fixture fell foul of the weather. It’s still doing its best to upset plans. It’s tricky to pick out one

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Chiefs v Bears – PWR – Round Two

You would not have wanted to be part of the Bristol management team watching on. As the game unfolded, the Bears were guilty of error upon error that cost them possession and territory. It was as if the Sandy Park bogey had its beady eye on them. Gabriella Nigrelli, another of England’s young Under 20s

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The Second Day of the PWR

And Talking Points from the start of the new PWR Just the one game left over from yesterday, but its interest lay in the debut of Leicester Tigers. Could they outdo the other newcomers, Trailfinders Women, to record a win on debut? The outlook was dim; Chiefs are dead set on achieving a first ever

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Susie Appleby selects blend of youth and experience

Exeter Chiefs Women will kick-off the inaugural Allianz Premiership Women’s Rugby league competition with a blend of new, young and experienced players, along with several returning internationals. The new nine-team PWR begins this weekend with Chiefs Women travelling to Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Sunday (KO 15:00) to take on Leicester Tigers Women, who were

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The Last of the Line?

Millar-Mills on the Move It’s a moot point, but Harriet Millar-Mills’ move to Exeter Chiefs may mark the very last ‘departure’ from Wasps. I put departure in inverted commas because she has been in the States for a year or more. She last appeared for England, for whom she has gained 66 caps, in 2021.

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Thoughts on the Premier 15s Final

A number of firsts: Glos-Pury’s first victory The first final to involve two clubs outside London. The first final to be played on the home ground of one of the finalists, a feature not to be repeated. But how to be sure? Choose HQ? Vickii Cornborough did suggest it six years ago. The first time

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Exeter Chiefs v Saracens

Never before have I seen two head coaches so wracked with anguish. The tension was pretty unbearable for the neutrals – any of them present, apart from the media? – for Susie Appleby and Alex Austerberry it seemed like a choice between heaven and hell. In the time-honoured phrase, there was little love lost between

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The Newbies put in their Place

Allianz Premier 15s Final – Saracens v Exeter Chiefs Sixways, Worcester This was a very different Sarries side from the one that let in 50 points at Sandy Park recently. For one thing, they had Marlie Packer and Poppy Cleall firing on all cylinders, and few sides in the world know how to deal with

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