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YOU COULD forgive Exeter Chief’s Don Armand if he was the most frustrated man on the planet. England’s back row during the Six Nations was crying out for his no-nonsense ball-carrying, clearing out and ability as a general nuisance, but he was ignored by Red Rose boss Eddie Jones until too late. Granted a paltry …

28th March 2018 in: Exeter Chiefs, Rugby
Rugby_News

MAJOR changes to the Championship, including a hugely controversial moratorium on promotion and relegation, look to be on the cards after it was revealed that consultants hired by the RFU to review all aspects of the struggling competition are set to report their findings. At the most recent RFU Council meeting on February 9, Nigel …

1st March 2018 in: Features, Indy Column, Rugby
exeter_chiefs

IT TAKES a very strong-minded individual to turn his back on playing for his country and strike out in another continent thousands of miles from home, but that’s exactly what Exeter Chiefs’ new wing-man Santiago Cordero decided to do last month when he upped sticks from Buenos Aires. Capped 33 times by the Pumas, with …

15th February 2018 in: Exeter Chiefs, Rugby
Jack Maunder

EXETER Chiefs scrum-half Jack Maunder could be excused for feeling miffed right now. After playing a huge hand in Chiefs’ Premiership title success last season and being capped on England’s subsequent tour of Argentina, the 20-year-old home-grown pivot has tasted just 21 minutes of league action this season – in the first game at Gloucester! …

8th February 2018 in: Exeter Chiefs, Features, Rugby
Jim Mallinder

You hear a lot of claptrap in sport at times and one of the biggest examples in rugby recently has been likening the game to football in the wake of Jim Mallinder’s sacking by Northampton. As everybody knows, football’s handle on reality went missing many years ago – coincidentally with the arrival of Sky Sports in …

24th December 2017 in: Rugby
charlie_ewels

When you look around the rugby landscape at players who you think might make the biggest impact in 2018, one name that jumps out at me is Charlie Ewels. As a second-row forward of considerable stature whose athleticism enables him to operate in the back row when needed as well, Ewels is highly rated by …

20th December 2017 in: Bath Rugby

Any takers for a 13-team Premiership? Get used to the idea because that was one of the top agenda items up for discussion at last Tuesday’s Premiership Rugby board meeting, with moves to bring Bristol into the fold and shut the door on the Championship gaining pace as the weeks and months go by. With …

18th December 2017 in: Rugby
alec_hepburn

Nobody could seriously argue against the fact that Exeter Chiefs are currently playing the most potent brand of rugby in the English Premiership. Their first-half display against Bath last week was arguably the most complete 40 minutes in top-flight history, with their ability to retain the ball, recycle at pace, bust holes in the opposition’s …

10th December 2017 in: Features
thomas_waldrom

The manner of Exeter’s comprehensive demolition of Bath at Sandy Park last week drew praise from many quarters, not least of all from within the visiting camp, with rugby director Todd Blackadder sportingly admitting his side had been “schooled” by the champion Chiefs. Despite a spirited late comeback that earned them a try-bonus point in …

10th December 2017 in: Bath Rugby
zach_mercer

Could burgeoning Bath back rower Zach Mercer feel a tad disappointed at missing out on making his England Test debut against Samoa last weekend? In the eyes of many people he could, for having been summoned into England’s autumn squad by boss Eddie Jones as an ‘apprentice’ and in between times acquitting himself very well …

3rd December 2017 in: Bath Rugby