Haydn Thomas says he is looking forward to an exciting new chapter in his Exeter Chiefs career after confirming he will be retiring from playing at the end of the season.
The long-serving scrum-half has played a pivotal role in the rise of the Devon club over the years, amassing 211 appearances and 46 tries, but will now move into a new full-time academy role with the club from next season.
Thomas Waldrom’s late try not only ensured maximum reward for the Exeter Chiefs against local rivals Bristol at the weekend, but it took him past a half century of touchdowns in the Aviva Premiership.
The free-scoring No.8’s latest brace took him to 51 tries, the second highest for a forward in the competition’s history and only eight behind former Leicester Tigers and England flanker Neil Back on 59.
Rob Baxter has challenged his Exeter Chiefs players to continue driving up their standards as the club look to cement their place in this season’s Aviva Premiership play-offs.
With just four rounds of the scheduled season remaining, the Chiefs welcome local rivals Bristol Rugby to Sandy Park tomorrow for a full-blooded derby encounter (3pm).
Unbeaten in the league since late October, another maximum haul for Baxter’s side will not only guarantee a top four finish, but it will keep them firmly on course for one of the two home semi-final spots.
It's perhaps a sign of expectation levels at Sandy Park that even five-point victories are now being heavily scrutinised by Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter and his players.
Baxter admitted post-match following his side's 30-25 Aviva Premiership win over Sale Sharks that there were elements of Exeter's game that needed to be addressed - and that a repeat performance would not be looked upon favourably moving forward.
Nic White says he is looking forward to an “exciting” future after he today sealed his move to Aviva Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.
The Australian international, who will join this summer from French Top 14 club Montpellier-Herault Rugby, has put pen to paper on a two-year deal is the latest new addition brought to Sandy Park by head coach Rob Baxter.
James Freeman hopes to follow the lead of others within the Exeter Chiefs and make his mark in the Aviva Premiership next season.
The 26-year-old forward will head to Sandy Park from Championship side Jersey Reds on a two-year deal determined to prove Rob Baxter's eye for unearthing emerging talent from English rugby's second tier remains as sharp as ever.
Head coach Rob Baxter today bolstered his options for next season and beyond by bringing in two new faces to the playing ranks at Exeter Chiefs.
Experienced Australian international scrum-half Nic White will head to Devon from French Top 14 side Montpellier, while back-row forward James Freeman will also be checking into Sandy Park having joined from Championship outfit Jersey Reds.
Ollie Atkins believes he and his Exeter Chiefs team-mates have been given the perfect stage on which to shine ahead of Sunday's Anglo-Welsh Cup Final against Leicester Tigers at the Twickenham Stoop (3pm).
The Australian lock helped lead from the front as the Chiefs secured a third successive final appearance thanks to Sunday's 24-7 home win over Harlequins.
Tries from Lachie Turner, Max Bodilly, Julian Salvi and Sam Simmonds did much of the damage for the Devon club, whose remaining points came courtesy of the boot of young fly-half Joe Simmonds.
Ricky Pellow insists he and his Exeter Chiefs side are ‘ready for battle’ ahead of Sunday’s Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-final against Harlequins at Sandy Park (3pm).
Looking to reach a third successive final, Devon’s finest must first overcome their capital-based rivals, who themselves have the added incentive of knowing a victory this weekend would ensure they run out in the first showpiece final of the season on home soil a week later.