Exeter Chiefs: National League to European finalists

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The Exeter Chiefs have a remarkable story one which has seen them transform into somewhat unexpected Premiership champions. The club are now 2020 Heineken Champions Cup finalists. Exeter built their solid foundation step by step. The club has gone from an outdated stadium at the turn of the century, playing in English rugby’s second tier, […] READ MORE


Phil Dollman – A career retrospect

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Looking back at the rise of Exeter Chiefs, a number of their ‘originals’ capture their journey perfectly. Phil Dollman is undoubtedly one of those, plucked from relative obscurity rising through the ranks to push for international honours. David Challis takes a look back at another one of Exeter Chiefs’ greats. After the retrospective on Gareth […] READ MORE


Gareth Steenson – A Career Retrospective

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Kicking off David Challis’ series looking back at careers of great Premiership players who are reaching the twilight of their careers is the great Gareth Steenson. There seemed no better place to start than the man that guided Exeter Chiefs all the way from a mid-table Championship side to the Champions of England. Early Days […] READ MORE


Gareth Steenson – Mid-Season Break “came at a good time”

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One of the hot topics in professional rugby at the moment is player welfare. Hence why Gareth Steenson noted the importance of a break for the players. Most Premiership players would have been given some time off to refresh both mentally and physically. David Challis was able to go into the Exeter Chiefs camp as […] READ MORE


Revisited: Exeter Chiefs 2010 Championship Play-off final

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Exeter Chiefs fell to another play-off final defeat at Twickenham at the start of June, with an agonizing defeat to Saracens. That makes only one win in four Premiership finals, you may forgive Chiefs fans for thinking play-off fixtures are not for them. But when you revisit the Exeter Chiefs 2010 Championship Play-off final, you find […] READ MORE


2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup – Full focus on Pool 2

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Excitement amongst European rugby fans has been growing steadily in the last few weeks. And gladly, the moment has almost arrived. The 2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup returns this weekend and promises to be at its ever brilliant best. Here at Last Word on Rugby, our group of writers will cover the results and the outcomes. […] READ MORE


The story behind the Aviva Premiership Statistics

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The 2017/18 Premiership season is now over. Saracens have wrestled back the crown from the Exeter Chiefs, at another glorious final day at Twickenham. With the on-field action over, it is time to look at the Aviva Premiership statistics for an in-depth review of the season.  A big acknowledgement for these statistics goes to OPTA and […] READ MORE


Exeter Chiefs Realise Premiership Dream

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The Exeter Chiefs and owner Tony Rowe realised a dream on Saturday afternoon when Gareth Steenson kicked them to Aviva Premiership glory. Exeter Chiefs Realise Premiership Dream Steenson’s extra-time penalty gave the Exeter Chiefs a 23-20 victory over Wasps at Twickenham. It completes a phenomenal journey from newly promoted to new champions in just seven […] READ MORE


Solving The Henry Slade Conundrum

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Solving The Henry Slade Conundrum Henry Slade’s meteoric rise has been well-documented over the past couple of years. His role in Exeter Chiefs own journey to the upper echelons of English Rugby meant that, following England’s extremely below-par performance in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Slade was seen by many as the man to take […] READ MORE