Exeter Rugby Club

Chiefs get green light to return to Stage 1 training

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Tue, 06/02/2020 - 12:54pm

Rob Baxter says his Exeter Chiefs squad will return to the ‘highest possible’ standards of care when they return to training at Sandy Park sometime next week.

Exeter’s Director of Rugby was speaking after the Professional Game Board, which incorporates representatives of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Premiership Rugby, Rugby Players Association (RPA) and Championship Clubs, today gave provisional authorisation for Premiership and Championship Rugby clubs to move to Stage 1: Elite Sport Return to Training Guidance.

The Chiefs - who lead the Gallagher Premiership after 13...

Baxter plotting Chiefs return to action

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Thu, 05/28/2020 - 6:19pm

Rob Baxter insists players across Premiership Rugby, including his own at Exeter Chiefs, will be given the best medical provisions as they look to return to training next month.

Director of Rugby Baxter believes restarting training for a return to top-flight action during the current coronavirus outbreak can be done safely - and that implementing the guidelines laid out in the government’s white papers are not as hard as some people think.

Speaking on BBC Radio Devon, Baxter said: “There are challenges currently, but I think the big thing from me - and it’s something I’m...

Chiefs have 'real desire' to finish season - Rowe

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Wed, 05/27/2020 - 5:46pm

Exeter Rugby Club chief executive, Tony Rowe OBE, insists there is a ‘real desire’ from within the club and from Premiership Rugby to ensure the 2019/20 season is completed.

Although the table-topping Chiefs have not played a competitive fixture since beating Bath 57-20 at Sandy Park back in early March, Rowe is confident that a return to competitive action is not all that far away.

Rowe’s optimism comes following the announcement earlier this week where the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Public Health England (PHE), the Department for Health...

Chiefs and England Rugby star to host 24-hour gaming event for club charity

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Thu, 05/14/2020 - 10:45am

Ever wanted to play online video games with stars of the Exeter Chiefs?

Well, the opportunity has just arisen for you to do that.

The brainchild of Chiefs and England rugby star Luke Cowan-Dickie, himself an avid gamer, this Friday (May 15), he will be completing a mammoth 24-hours of live streaming.

Starting at 3pm, Luke will be joined by team-mates, friends, fans and fellow gamers in an event, which will also be helping to raise money for the club’s official charity, the Exeter Chiefs Foundation.

Looking ahead to the event, Luke said: “It will be...

Lonsdale agrees new Chiefs deal

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Wed, 05/13/2020 - 12:48pm

Rob Baxter’s forward-thinking has continued today with news that another of his first-team squad at Exeter Chiefs has pledged his long-term future to the club.

Back-five forward Sean Lonsdale joins a growing list of current Sandy Park stars to put pen to paper on new terms with the current Gallagher Premiership leaders.

Signed in 2016 from Welsh outfit, RGC 1404, the 22-year-old enjoyed loan spells with Taunton and Plymouth Albion before making his Chiefs debut in an Anglo-Welsh Cup tie away to Worcester Warriors in January 2018.

Since then, Lonsdale 31...

Exeter Chiefs

Online Auction helps to raise £13,000 for NHS Charity

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Fri, 05/08/2020 - 12:08pm

The Exeter Chiefs Foundation have today handed over a cheque in the sum of £13,000 to representatives of the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital Charity.

The money was raised from a week-long Online Auction, run by the club’s official charity, which saw numerous signed memorabilia collected by the club over the years put up for sale.

Signed shirts, training tops, together with international kit and shirts from rival clubs, were among the many items on offer.

Not surprisingly, all 60 items were bid on, helping to raise the £13,000 for the #HelpUsHelpYou appeal....

Francis edging ever closer to a return

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Wed, 05/06/2020 - 12:40pm

The current lockdown may have come as a positive in terms of Tomas Francis’ return from injury, but the Exeter Chiefs prop insists he can’t wait to get playing for both club and country.

The 28-year-old has not played a game of rugby since he severely damaged his shoulder during Wales’ Rugby World Cup semi-final loss to South Africa back in October.

Following surgery on the injury, Francis has been working tirelessly behind the scenes in rehab to get himself back in the selection mix.

Months on, though, Francis finds his return to competitive action halted...

O'Flaherty signs new Chiefs deal

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Mon, 04/20/2020 - 11:12am

Tom O’Flaherty insists he and his Exeter Chiefs team-mates will be ‘raring to go’ as and when the season resumes for the Devon club.

Like all of us, the 25-year-old winger is having to abide the rules of the Government’s lockdown during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

However, when rugby does finally resume, the London-born speedster will be looking to drive the Chiefs onwards and upwards, especially after it was confirmed today that he has signed a new long-term deal with Rob Baxter’s side.

Brought to Sandy Park in the summer of 2017 from the Ospreys, Baxter has...

Kirsten happy to remain a Chief

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Fri, 04/17/2020 - 9:19am

Jannes Kirsten knew he was joining a quality team when he swapped life at the Bulls for a new start at the Exeter Chiefs last summer.

However, the imposing South African admits his new start in England has surpassed even his own expectations and that life with the Chiefs has proved a smash hit for him, on and off he field.

Just days after agreeing to extend his stay at Sandy Park for the foreseeable future, the 26-year-old forward is already looking to the future and the part he hopes to play in helping Rob Baxter’s side when they return to competitive action.


New deal for Kirsten at Chiefs

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Fri, 04/10/2020 - 9:50am

Rob Baxter has rewarded the fine form of South African import Jannes Kirsten with a new contract extension at Gallagher Premiership leaders, Exeter Chiefs.

Brought in last summer as injury dispensation for summer signings Tom Price and Will Witty, the 26-year-old former Bulls forward has certainly delivered on all fronts since arriving in Devon.

Kirsten’s hard-hitting, no-nonsense approach, together with his fantastic work ethic, have not only won him many admirers within the game, but has also seen him establish himself as an integral cog in the Exeter engine room....