Exeter Rugby Club

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...

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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

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

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....

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Exeter Chiefs Women to compete in Tyrrells Premier 15s

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Mon, 04/06/2020 - 11:33am

Exeter Rugby Club chief executive, Tony Rowe OBE, has today spoken of his delight after it was confirmed that the newly-formed Chiefs’ Women’s side have had their application to join the Tyrrells Premier 15s division for the 2020/21-2022/23 seasons accepted.

An independently verified audit took place in the first half of the 2019/20 season, where each current Tyrrells Premier 15s club was assessed based on a combination of their ability to deliver the competition’s Minimum Operating Standards and their on pitch performance. Clubs were then ranked from one to 10 based on the audit...

Maunder commits to the Chiefs

Jack Maunder is the latest name to commit his future to the Exeter Chiefs, agreeing terms on a new deal with the current Gallagher Premiership league leaders.

Just days after fellow England internationals Ben Moon and Harry Williams said they were staying put at the Devon club on new contracts, the 22-year-old scrum-half has himself followed suit in signing on with Rob Baxter’s squad.

“Obviously, I’m very happy,” said Maunder. “It’s a club that myself and my family have had a big association with for a number of years. For a player like myself, the club ticks every box....

Moon will continue to shine, insists Baxter

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Fri, 03/27/2020 - 12:27pm

Rob Baxter insists Ben Moon is already delivering on the promises he made when he penned his new contract with the Exeter Chiefs.

The long-serving England international this week became the latest Chief to pledge his future to the Devon club, agreeing terms on a new long-term deal at Sandy Park.

Before penning that contract though, Director of Rugby Baxter was keen to gauge just where the 30-year-old envisaged his career going over the next few years.

Baxter said: “I don’t mind telling you, it’s the biggest question that goes through my mind every time I re-sign...

Moon agrees new deal at the Chiefs

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Thu, 03/26/2020 - 11:36am

The list of those Championship originals is slowly dwindling, but at least one name will continue for a few years yet, after it was confirmed prop Ben Moon has signed a new long-term contract with the Exeter Chiefs.

Moon follows fellow front-row forward and England international Harry Williams in committing his future to the Devon club.

A product of the club’s highly-successful Academy set-up, 30-year-old Moon has been at the heart of Exeter’s rise in recent years, initially helping the club out of English rugby’s second tier in 2010 – to now establishing themselves as a...