First for Devon girls’ rugby team

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 03/28/2017 - 5:41pm

A team from Tiverton achieved great success at their first attempt playing in the world’s largest school rugby tournament. But, while the Blundell’s boys’ teams are a regular feature at Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens, it was the girls’ team that were runners-up - the first time that a girls’ team from the school has entered the competition. Many of the girls only took up the sport this term so the team have gone from beginners to prize winners in less than ten weeks.

The Blundell’s girls’ team were one of forty competing in the Under 18 National Sevens Girls’ competition. In...

Armand targeting big final push

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Mon, 03/27/2017 - 5:14pm

Don Armand insists Exeter Chiefs will make the most of time off to ensure they are in fine fettle for the visit of lowly Bristol to Sandy Park in the Aviva Premiership next month.

Having failed to advance through the group stages of this season’s European Champions Cup, the Chiefs are set to have their first weekend off since the start of the season as others battle it out for Europe’s top prize.

The chance to recharge the batteries at a crucial stage of the season will certainly be welcomed, but the rest will only be short-lived for Rob Baxter’s squad as they gear up for...

Chiefs side to face Newcastle Falcons

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Sat, 02/25/2017 - 4:14pm

Rob Baxter may be wary of the threat Newcastle Falcons pose to his Exeter side, but insists its challenges such as tomorrow that his Chiefs outfit need to overcome to achieve their seasonal objectives. With just six rounds of the scheduled Aviva Premiership season remaining, the jostling for key positions at both ends of the table is start to intensify and Baxter knows this is the time where teams need to start delivering. Having not lost in the top flight since Bath won at Sandy Park in late October, Devon’s finest have positioned themselves nicely into the play-off places and have their...

Exeter Chiefs 52 Wasps 5: Match report

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 11:01pm

Exeter Chiefs moved to the top of Pool 2 in this season’s Anglo-Welsh Cup with a ruthless display of finishing against Wasps at Sandy Park.

Ricky Pellow’s side ran in eight tries on the day, five of which came in the first period through Michele Campagnaro (2), Mitch Lees, Sam Simmonds and Stu Townsend, before Shaun Malton, Campagnaro again, and Lachie Turner followed suit in the second half.

A further 12 points from the boot of young fly-half Joe Simmonds completed the job for the Chiefs in front of nearly 10,500 fans.

In a much-changed side to that which had lost...

Woodburn up for the fight in France

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Fri, 01/20/2017 - 4:21pm

Olly Woodburn insists he and his Exeter Chiefs team-mates are “up for the fight” ahead of Saturday’s crucial European Champions Cup encounter away to ASM Clermont Auvergne (2pm).

Bottom of the pile in Pool 5 at the start of last weekend, Exeter’s 31-19 home win over Ulster Rugby has lifted Rob Baxter’s side to second in the standings behind their French hosts - and in with a potential chance of claiming one of the remaining spots in the last eight of the competition.

In a somewhat similar scenario to last season, where the Chiefs edged through on the final day with victory...

Mitsubishi Motors Exeter 7s returns to Sandy Park

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:18pm

The Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series returns to Exeter in July 2017 for the third time with the English stage: Mitsubishi Motors Exeter 7s.

Run in partnership with Exeter City Council, the Mitsubishi Motors Exeter 7s is a fun event for all the family. With thousands of fans heading to Sandy Park over the last two years, the 2017 event is set to be even bigger and better with more rugby and entertainment on offer for spectators.

Following the introduction of rugby sevens into last year’s Olympic Games in Rio, the sport’s popularity continues to grow. This event offers...

Saracens 13 Chiefs 13

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Sun, 01/08/2017 - 11:06am

Two points gained or two points lost?

Exeter Chiefs extended their unbeaten run in the Aviva Premiership to six games after they shared the spoils with reigning champions Saracens at a packed out Allianz Park.

Rob Baxter’s side bossed the opening 40 minutes to lead 10-3 at the break thanks to a Gareth Steenson penalty and a converted try from Jack Nowell, but it was the Londoners – who lost prop Richard Barrington to a red card after 15 minutes – who proved the stronger in the second period.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Sarries dug deep into their reserves...

Exeter Chiefs and Exeter College celebrate winning partnership

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 01/04/2017 - 4:41pm

The wining partnership between Exeter Chiefs and Exeter College has been celebrated, after Exeter College’s U18 team recently won the AASE League for the first time.

Exeter College won the AASE League Championship Final at high-profile venue Allianz Park, London.

The outstanding victory comes after the launch of the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy at Exeter College in 2016. The partnership between Exeter Chiefs and Exeter College provides aspiring rugby players the chance to nurture not only their rugby talent, but also to gain first-class education and training with the Aviva...

Former rugby player calls for frank cancer talk

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Posted: Thu, 12/15/2016 - 11:36am

Julian Quick, 28, lives with a rare form of bone cancer and has helped create a suite of memes that show people how (not) to ‘speak cancer’, after finding that people are sometimes unsure of how to speak frankly to him about his condition. Julian, a keen sportsman from Weymouth, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma when he was 26. A University of Exeter sports science graduate and captain of his local rugby team, his cancer was diagnosed in 2014 after having an MRI scan for shoulder pain he suspected was due to a rugby injury. But it turned out to be a tumour. Julian has since been...

Nowell targets rapid response

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Wed, 12/14/2016 - 12:51pm

Jack Nowell says there has been little time for him and his Exeter Chiefs team-mates to dwell on the disappointment of last weekend’s European Champions Cup loss at the hands of Bordeaux Begles.

The Chiefs saw their European aspirations suffer more disappointment as they slipped to a third successive defeat in Pool 5, going down 13-7 at Sandy Park to the visiting Frenchmen.

This Saturday the two sides will lock horns in the latest round of action, this time at the Stade Chaban Delmas (2pm), and Nowell insists the Premiership club will be looking to bounce back at the first...