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Exeter pay for Coventry to travel

Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs have guaranteed that Saturday's game with Coventry will go ahead, after offering to pay the cash-strapped Midlands club's travel costs.

Coventry have gone into administration after owner Andrew Green effectively tried to close down the club, having failed to attract new investors.

But Tony Rowe, the chief executive of Exeter Chiefs, admitted: "No-one wants to see Coventry struggle.

"We all hope they will be able to survive this latest incident."

Rowe added: "This is also a very important fixture to Exeter Chiefs in the run-up to some crucial games in the coming months.

"We also did not want to let down the supporters who have already bought tickets for this game, so I am pleased to confirm this fixture will go ahead as planned on Saturday."

Following last week's announcement regarding their uncertain future, Cov staged Friday night's home game with Bedford Blues at the Ricoh Arena, home of football neighbours Coventry City.

Coventry showed fantastic spirit in adversity, recovering from being 15-0 down to draw with high-riding Bedford.

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