Chiefs side to face Wasps

In what has been the strangest, toughest, yet - at the same time - most memorable Premiership Rugby campaign ever, it now comes down to just one final fixture.

For the newly-crowned European champions, Exeter Chiefs will rock up at Twickenham tomorrow for a fifth successive outing in the end of season showpiece (6pm).

Rob Baxter's side are well-versed in prepping for a big day out at English Rugby's HQ, but that doesn't mean they merely have to turn up and believe a potential domestic and European double is a mere formality.

Standing in their way will be an in-...

Mark Stevens

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Three Exeter alumni involved in Chiefs' triumph

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 10/20/2020 - 1:57pm

Three University of Exeter alumni played a part in the Exeter Chiefs' Champions Cup victory on Saturday.

Jack Maunder started at scrum-half, Sam Skinner came on as a replacement and Haydn Thomas was among the coaching staff as the Chiefs beat Racing 92 to win the competition for the first time.

Maunder, capped once by England, studied Business Management at Exeter and played for the Chiefs during his time at university.

Skinner, now a Scotland international , studied Business Economics and captained the university to BUCS championship victory at Twickenham in...

Former Exeter City player was first Englishman in World Cup Final

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Mon, 10/19/2020 - 8:49am

England’s lone World Cup win in 1966 is a frequent subject of conversation and it’s again on everyone’s mind following England’s recent 2-1 victory over Belgium, the No. 1 team in the FIFA World Rankings.

A topic that’s less frequently pointed out is the fact that Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, the Charlton brothers, Gordon Banks and the rest of that heroic World Cup-winning side weren’t the first Englishmen to make an appearance in a FIFA World Cup final.

In fact, the fellow who did make English history was a former Exeter City FC player. That gentleman was George Reader and...

Exeter Chiefs side to face Racing 92

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 - 12:41pm

The stage is set, now is the time to deliver the prize-winning performance.

Ten years after elevating themselves into English Rugby's top tier with victory in Bristol, Rob Baxter's side will return to their neighbouring Westcountry city tomorrow for what arguably is the biggest game in the history of Exeter Rugby Club.

Months of graft, both on and off the field, will now come down to one fixture as the Chiefs tackle French rivals Racing 92 in the final of the Heineken Champions Cup.

It's a first-ever European final for the Devonians, who having overcome Glasgow...

Exeter City’s academy prospects knocking on the door for first team action

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Thu, 10/15/2020 - 9:36pm

Exeter City are on the brink of qualifying from the EFL Trophy group stage after an impressive 4-3 away victory at League One Swindon Town. The Grecians did so with a very youthful side, with boss Matt Taylor handing five academy prospects starts, with an additional five academy hopefuls on the bench – including a handful from the Under 18s.

It’s been a great period for the Exeter City academy, given that its hard work on the likes of Ollie Watkins in years gone by is starting to reap dividends. Watkins’ big-money move from Brentford to Aston Villa has earnt City a cool £4...

Match Report: Southend 2 City 2

Authored by Exeter City FC News
Posted: Sun, 10/11/2020 - 11:52am

Alex Fisher scored a wonder goal with virtually the final kick of the game to earn Exeter City a point at Roots Hall.

The Grecians twice fell behind to a Southend United side looking for their first win of the season but battled back to claim a point in stoppage time.

Manager Matt Taylor, on the back of last Saturday’s win Cambridge United, named an unchanged side for the third Sky Bet League Two match running.

The only change was on the bench where Nicky Law, who did not travel through illness, was replaced by Nicky Ajose.

Former City player and...

Chiefs side to face Bath

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Fri, 10/09/2020 - 12:46pm

Rob Baxter has spelt out to his Exeter Chiefs side that they will need to produce a 'season's best' display if they are to overcome rivals Bath Rugby in tomorrow's Gallagher Premiership semi-final at Sandy Park (4:30pm).

In a week where off-field matters have dominated the rugby headlines, now it's on-field matters that will take centre stage for the Chiefs and Bath, who themselves were only confirmed as the final play-off side on Wednesday morning.

Up until that point, Baxter and his players were having to play the waiting game whilst detailed discussions and further...

Projects to support delivery of the Youth Talent Programme

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 10/05/2020 - 10:46pm

Talented young athletes will soon get advice and support on reducing the risk of injury from two projects jointly run by the University of Exeter and England Athletics.

The first project will create an evidence-based and practice-informed intervention to reduce the risk of injury in adolescent distance runners.

This intervention will be focused on runners in the Youth Talent Programme (YTP) – one of the first steps on England Athletics' "talent pathway" for English track and field athletes aged 16-18.

Robert Mann, a final year PhD student at the University of...

Match Report: City 2 Cambridge United 0

Authored by Exeter City FC News
Posted: Sun, 10/04/2020 - 2:51pm

Exeter City claimed their first home league win of the season after a 2-0 win against Cambridge United at a rainy St James Park.

A first-half penalty from Matt Jay and a composed finish from Joel Randall secured all three points for City, against a Cambridge side who came into the fixture unbeaten. The wind and rain played a significant part in the game, but City’s defence proved solid throughout.

Coming into this fixture, Matt Taylor named an unchanged side from last week’s first league win of the season, with a 1-2 victory over Mansfield. Cambridge on the overhand was...

Exeter City: Could the 2019/20 Play-Offs Loss Inspire a Comeback?

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Thu, 10/01/2020 - 5:53pm

Exeter City FC had a great opportunity for automatic promotion to League One when they faced Northampton Town in June 2020. However, they were thumped 4-0 in the play-offs, a loss that mirrors that of the 2016–17 season. Back then, Exeter City lost the playoff final to Blackpool.

This would have marked their first return to League One since 2012 but it wasn’t to be.

Northampton were the better team in every way and beat 10-man Exeter to gain promotion to League One. For the Grecians, it was another missed chance to take a step forward after eight painful years of waiting...

Exeter Chiefs Women, rugby, Maynard School

Oldest girls' school sponsors newly formed Exeter Chiefs Women's team

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 09/29/2020 - 10:17pm

A new and exciting chapter in the history of women’s sport is about to take off with The Maynard School, the oldest girls’ school in the country, collaborating with the newly formed Exeter Chiefs Women’s side.

Set to be part of the elite Premier 15s competition, the Chiefs side - who will come under the guidance of former England internationals Susie Appleby and Amy Garnett - are ready to break new ground and establish themselves as a growing force within the English Women’s game, all with the backing of the region’s premier independent school for girls.

“We pride...