rugby

Steenson agrees contract extension at Chiefs

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Tue, 07/14/2020 - 5:51pm

The cast list of Exeter’s promotion-winning heroes of 2010 may be dwindling, but one of them is at least set to extend his stay with the Chiefs for a while longer.

Long-serving fly-half Gareth Steenson has today put pen to paper on a contract extension that will allow him to see out the remainder of the 2019/20 season with the Devon club.

Like club-mate Phil Dollman, who himself agreed a similar deal last week, both will form part of Rob Baxter’s squad as they gear up for next month’s return to action in both the Gallagher Premiership and Heineken Champions Cup....

Women, Sport

Exeter Daily team launch new website dedicated to women's sport

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 07/14/2020 - 4:18pm

A new website dedicated solely to women’s sport was launched today (Tuesday 14 July).

Women's Sport Daily will cover all female professional sport – from football, netball and cricket to tennis, golf and Olympic disciplines.

There will also be the chance to promote news about your school, club and local teams in a unique Community section, as well as exclusive interviews and columns from sporting stars and the people who influence how girls and women watch, play and enjoy the action.

The Women's Sport Daily website, which will be free to use, is a joint venture...

Walsh joins the Chiefs

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 - 8:25pm

Exeter Chiefs have today added to their playing ranks with the capture of promising fly-half Jack Walsh.

The playmaker has agreed an initial one-year deal with the current Gallagher Premiership leaders, arriving in the Westcountry from Australia where he has been playing his club rugby at Manly Marlins.

Welcoming the 20-year-old on board, Chiefs’ Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter, said: “He is one of those guys who has ended up here probably on the flip side of what was going on with COVID-19. We were looking at seeing what options were around and what would fit in and Jack...

Rowe 'overwhelmed' by support shown from Chiefs fans

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Tue, 07/07/2020 - 4:37pm

Exeter Rugby Club chairman and chief executive, Tony Rowe OBE, says he has been overwhelmed by the support already shown by the club’s season ticket holders during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

With no rugby played since the Chiefs defeated local rivals Bath at Sandy Park back in mid-March, it’s proved a testing period for everyone as they look to get to grips with the crisis that has struck all corners of the world.

Thankfully, there appears to be a glimmer of light for all clubs, including the Chiefs, with a proposed restart date of Saturday, August 15.

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Dollman agrees new short-term deal at Chiefs

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Sun, 07/05/2020 - 7:25pm

Phil Dollman says he’s looking to end his Exeter Chiefs career on a high note after he this week agreed terms on a new short-term deal with the Gallagher Premiership club.

The popular Welshman’s contract expired at the end of June, but after discussions with Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter, he is now extending his career with the Devon club until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

That means the 35-year-old will be part and parcel of the Chiefs mix as they look to resume their season in both the Premiership and Heineken Champions Cup next month.

“Fingers crossed we...

White bids fond farewell to the Chiefs

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Wed, 06/17/2020 - 3:18pm

Nic White says he will forever remember his time in Exeter, not just for the enjoyment he got from playing for the Chiefs, but from the warmth and support he received from the club’s supporters and the region itself.

After three memorable years in Devon, the 30-year-old and his family are heading back to his native Australia, ready to start a second stint in Super Rugby with his former club, the Brumbies.

As part of the agreement that saw him feature for the Wallabies at last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, it was agreed that White would return Down Under once his...

Exeter's Sara Cox is the UK's only professional rugby referee

Authored by Marc Astley
Posted: Tue, 06/09/2020 - 7:40pm

She’s a no-nonsense enforcer whose job often involves keeping up to 30 testosterone-fuelled men in check and so it’s music to my ears when she says it’s okay to have an off day.

Exeter's Sara Cox is the only woman qualified to referee a Premiership Rugby match and she is quickly making a name for herself in the sport.

I caught up with her for an Astley Media #projectpositivity In Conversation With and found her in high spirits, despite, like most of us, being confined to home.

When I asked her for some tips on how us mere mortals could learn from the discipline...

Exeter Chiefs women’s side boosts Exeter College Rugby Academy

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Thu, 05/07/2020 - 11:57am

Exeter College’s Ofsted Outstanding offer to the region’s top young rugby talent received a huge boost with the news that Exeter Chiefs’ newly launched professional women’s side received approval to join the Tyrrell’s Premier 15s League.

The agreement to join the league rubber stamps the launch of Exeter Chiefs’ women’s team and provides fresh impetus to Women’s Rugby Academy at Exeter College.

Exeter College has been offering the Women’s Rugby Academy education provision in partnership with Exeter Chiefs for three years, with students given the chance to pursue a career in...

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...

Taione commits to the Chiefs

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Sun, 04/26/2020 - 8:37pm

Elvis Taione has spoken of his delight after it was today confirmed he has put pen to paper on a new contract extension with the Exeter Chiefs.

The Tongan international is the latest member of Rob Baxter’s squad to commit their future to the current leaders of the Gallagher Premiership.

Brought to Sandy Park in the summer of 2014 from Championship outfit, Jersey Reds, the hard-hitting hooker has certainly proved his worth during his six-year stay in Devon, amassing to date 76 first-team appearances and seven tries.

Now, the 36-year-old forward is looking forward...

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