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EPCR CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME ............................ 3 WELCOME ....................................................... 5 DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT .................................... 7 CLUB NEWS ............................... 8, 11, 13, 15, 17 MATCH REPORTS .............................. 18-19, 30-31 FIXTURES, STATS & RESULTS ......................... 22-23 LET’S GET SOCIAL........................................ 26-27 CHAMPIONS CUP QUIZ ................................... 37 COACH & STAFF . ............................................ 38 GLOUCESTER 24TH NOV MATCH SPONSORS ....... 41 TEAM LINE-UP ........................................... 42-43 2018/19 SQUAD ......................................... 44-48 CHAMPIONS CUP REVIEW ........................... 50-51 OPPOSITION ............................................. 52-57 PREMIERSHIP SHORTS .................................... 59 EXETER FOUNDATION ................................ 60-61 NIGEL WALROND ........................................... 63 HEAD 2 HEAD ................................................ 67 OUR SPONSORS ............................................ 69 FEATURED PLAYER ...................................... 70-73 JUNIOR CHIEFS .......................................... 76-77 PREMIERSHIP REVIEW ................................ 80-81 MY TEAM MATES ........................................... 83 COMMUNITY NEWS ................................... 84-85 TICKET NEWS . ............................................... 88

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THE ONE TO WIN

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AFTER A BREATH-TAKING START TO THE HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP SEASON, WELCOME TO THESE CRUCIAL BACK-TO-BACK MATCHES WHICH WILL DO SO MUCH TO DETERMINE WHOSE ROAD TO NEWCASTLE WILL CONTINUE INTO THE KNOCKOUT ROUNDS. WELCOME

The opening two rounds were marked with some titanic battles back in October including a thrilling win for Toulouse over Leinster Rugby in the meeting of the two most garlanded clubs in the history of this tournament. Two very different – yet equally compelling – draws between Exeter Chiefs and Munster Rugby, Wasps and Bath Rugby, leave Pools 1 and 2 very open whilst Newcastle Falcons fans are no doubt still recovering after two fraught, tense victories sit them at the head of Pool 5. The second of those wins was screened live in the United States by NBC Sports which allies to the domestic improvement in broadcast platforms to make the viewing experience of our tournaments better for rugby fans. We have seen an excellent start to the season on BT Sport in the United Kingdom and Ireland and there has been plenty of fascinating action for both Channel 4 and Virgin Media viewers over the opening rounds as well. Crucially, we’ve had a growth of almost 10% in attendances for the first two rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup combined compared with last season, further highlighting the strength of the tournaments. It’s all building up to an atmospheric and memorable Finals Weekend at St James’ Park that has already captured the public imagination with tickets on general public sale in short supply for the Heineken

Champions Cup and a strong crowd promised for the showpiece of the Challenge Cup as well. To avoid disappointment, you can guarantee your place at the iconic venue through HeinekenChampionsCup.com. We are delighted to say that the Financial Times has teamed up with EPCR as Official Supporter of the tournaments for the next four years, joining Gilbert on that status. The world’s leading global business publication undoubtedly enhances our suite of industry-leading partners alongside Tissot and, of course, Heineken, who have returned as title partner of Europe’s elite club rugby tournament this season. We thank all of them for their commitment and backing. The Heineken Champions Cup has certainly shown both the intensity and unpredictability that has marked itself out as ‘The One to Win’ in the club game and you can get closer to the action through the official website and social media channels. The Champions Rugby Show is a free-download podcast bringing you the latest match previews, after which you can pick your Classic or Daily team for Champions Fantasy Rugby and be in the hunt to scoop some outstanding prizes, also on offer through the Try of the Round competition at the end of each weekend. We hope that you enjoy these back-to-back fixtures and, on behalf of EPCR, send you and your loved ones the very best for the forthcoming festive period. SIMON HALLIDAY  EPCR CHAIRMAN Yours in rugby,

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GOOD AFTERNOON LADIES AND GENTLEMEN AND WELCOME TO SANDY PARK FOR TODAY’S HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP ENCOUNTER AGAINST GLOUCESTER. WELCOME

I talked recently in these very notes about how we are in the midst of a pivotal period within the season, both in the Gallagher Premiership and the Heineken Champions Cup, and what we do now will be key to determining what we can ultimately achieve as a club in the New Year. In terms of the Premiership, I don’t think we could have asked for much more than we have achieved so far. Aside from last Friday at Harlequins, where we suffered our first loss in nine starts, we were at least able to head home with two losing bonus points, which in turn keeps us in a strong position within the top two of the table. Not only have our domestic results put us amongst the frontrunners in the Premiership heading into this latest European block, but it’s backed up Rob’s challenge to the players to become even better and create even more history moving forward. Now, the challenge is to carry our league form into Europe and, most importantly, these two games against Gloucester. In what is such a competitive pool, where any one of the four sides harbour realistic hopes of advancing into the last eight, the need to produce two big performances in this next fortnight is paramount on all fronts. As we know from past experience, Gloucester will certainly offer stiff resistance. They showed here just two weeks ago in the league the threat they possess within their ranks, so we will again need to be on tip-top form if we are to prosper in the same way as we did that day. Not surprisingly, we have another bumper crowd in attendance for today’s games with a near sell- out crowd expected. Having the support of you all – especially in these big games – can often be a telling factor.

Often, I read and hear the comments of the players who describe you as their ‘16th Man’ here at Sandy Park. Understandably, I’m quite biased when I say we have the best supporters in the land, but it’s fantastic – even in the dying stages at The Stoop last Friday – to hear the Tribe in full voice and getting behind the lads! Packed stadiums also mean we are able to generate the famous Sandy Park match-day atmosphere, which I know comes across brilliantly to those watching on the television. With both BT Sport and Channel 4 – who are here for the first time today providing coverage on terrestrial TV – let’s again put on a great display and show the world how we do rugby here in deepest Devon!

Regards, TONY  ROWE 

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GOOD AFTERNOON TO YOU ALL AND WELCOME BACK TO SANDY PARK FOR OUR SECOND CHANGE UP INTO THE HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP, WHERE WE WELCOME BACK OUR VISITORS FROM A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, GLOUCESTER RUGBY. DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT

The double header before Christmas is always a really interesting challenge, especially so this year as we play a fellow English team for the first time in the competition. Add to this that we will face each other three times in a month – and it is easy to see how getting the emotions right week by week and understanding, and attacking, each others strengths and weaknesses will be key to who comes out on top in the next fortnight. Last week’s game away at Harlequins was a little disappointing, not just because we lost our first Premiership game of the season but, because we didn’t really do ourselves justice. There were just a few too many individual errors that hurt our momentum and helped theirs for us to force the result. That said, we showed our usual resolve and stayed in the fight right to the final whistle. Losing is never nice, but two points does make the bitter pill a little bit easier to swallow, and a collection of 11 points from the block of three games, especially with two of those games being away, is still a pretty good return. We have now also welcomed back our full complement of international players, having giving them last week off, and they have settled back in quickly and trained really well. I have to compliment them on their contributions to the positive autumn that the Northern Hemisphere sides have enjoyed, and it is great to have them back in the club fold. However, I do also have to compliment our squad in how they have kept the points accumulating in their absence, and especially to the players who have come through to make their Premiership debuts in recent weeks.

Back to Heineken Champions Cup business, and it is pretty clear that the next two weeks will shape the destiny of both ourselves and Gloucester in this year’s competition. We both find ourselves in the most competitive pool, where every team is still in with a chance of qualification, and if either of us can win both games then everything becomes possible. Heineken Cup days should be fantastic occasions with an amazing atmosphere, but this doesn’t just happen! It is therefore our responsibility to put in a performance that gets Sandy Park rocking and that is 100% our aim today. Finally, I would like to welcome David Humphreys, Johan Ackermann, their fellow coaches, players, officials and supporters of Gloucester to today’s game.

All the best, ROB BAXTER DIRECTOR OF RUGBY EXETER RUGBY CLUB

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NOWELL INJURY BLOW FOR THE CHIEFS Rob Baxter says it’s likely Exeter Chiefs and England star Jack Nowell will be out for around eight weeks with a hamstring tear. should be back in time to fight for a place in the Six Nations!”

Nowell aside, the Chiefs have welcomed back the remainder of their International stars this week and Baxter is thankful they have all reported in with no ill effects of a brutal month of action. “As you’d expect after four tough rounds of international rugby, the guys are a bit bumped and bruised,” explained Baxter. “There are also elements of mental and physical fatigue which we will have to manage, but overall they are in pretty good shape. “At the same time, a few of our other injured players are nearing returns to playing. Olly Woodburn, Jonny Hill, Luke Cowan-Dickie, they are all making good progress, while Sam Simmonds is now a couple of months into his rehab on his ACL injury, so it’s nice that as time goes by we are still winning games of rugby. “That certainly means we can deal with things on a more positive footing moving forward.”

Nowell was forced to withdraw from preparations for last week’s Quilter Autumn International against Australia after picking up the injury during training at England’s training base at Pennyhill Park. The Cornishman had featured in the earlier Test matches against South Africa, New Zealand and Japan - and was one of five Chiefs players deployed by England Head Coach Eddie Jones during the autumn period. The loss of Nowell, however, is an untimely blow for the Chiefs, who not only have a clutch of vital Gallagher Premiership games coming up, but also the double-header against Gloucester in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup. “Jack’s got a pretty significant hamstring tear,” said Baxter. “It’s one of those injuries which is likely to be around the eight-week mark, give or take a week depending on how his rehab goes. Ironically, he

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FIVE CHIEFS NAMED IN UNDER-20s TRAINING SQUAD

Five Exeter Chiefs players have been named by England Under-20s Head Coach Steve Bates in a 45- man training squad ahead of the 2018/19 season. Forwards Richard Capstick, Alfie Petch, Marcus Street and Rus Tuima, plus scrum-half Sam Maunder, were all asked to report for the camp at Loughborough University, which will allow the England coaches an opportunity to assess players ahead of the U20 Elite Player Squad (EPS) selection next month. The 32-Elite Player Squad, which will compete in the 2019 U20s Six Nations, as well as the World Rugby U20 Championship in May/June, are led by Bates as well as fellow Pathway Performance Coach Jim Mallinder. Mark Hopley, Richard Whiffin and former Chiefs player James Scaysbrook also join for the season as part of the latest coach development programme agreement between England Rugby and Premiership Rugby.

England Under-20s open their Six Nations campaign against Ireland at the Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday, February 1 (7:15pm), before they entertain France on Saturday, February 9 at Exeter’s Sandy Park (12:05pm). Bates’ side then face further games against Wales in Colwyn Bay on Friday, February 22 (7.05pm); Italy on Friday, March 8 at Bedford Blues’ Goldington Road (7.45pm); before their final fixture of the Six Nations against Scotland on Friday, March 15 at Northampton Saints’ Franklin’s Gardens (7.45pm).

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THE CONFIRMED FIXTURES FOR ROUNDS 13-16 ARE AS FOLLOWED FOR THE CHIEFS: Round 13 Friday, February 15 Gloucester Rugby v Exeter Chiefs (7:45pm) Round 14 Saturday, February 23 Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons (2:30pm) Round 15 Saturday, March 2 Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs (3pm) Round 16 Saturday, March 9 Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs (3pm) Meanwhile, Exeter’s Round 4 Premiership Rugby Cup trip to Bristol Bears is also set for TV coverage. As defending champions, the Chiefs will be looking to cement their place in the semi-finals of this season’s competition with victory in one of six special ‘Derby Day’ fixtures. The clash at Ashton Gate between the Bears and the Chiefs will be a 3pm kick-off on Saturday, January 26.

MORE AIR TIME FOR EXETER ON BT SPORT A rip-roaring West Country derby between Gloucester Rugby and Exeter Chiefs kicks off Round 13 of Gallagher Premiership Rugby next February, live on BT Sport. The Chiefs’ short trip to Kingsholm Stadium on Friday, February 15 is one of the latest TV picks confirmed for Rounds 13-16 in this season competition. The Friday night encounter will be the fourth meeting of the two clubs and is sure to ensure another bumper crowd at Kingsholm. The fixture, however, is Exeter’s sole appearance on BT Sport during the four-week block. The games against Newcastle Falcons (home), Sale Sharks (away) and Worcester Warriors (away) are all non- televised matches.

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STOCK UP FOR CHRISTMAS AT THE TRADING POST

Monday to Saturday: 9:30am to 5:30pm Sunday: 10am to 4:30pm Thursday Late Night Shopping: Until 9pm. As well as the two shops, supporters can still purchase online via the club’s online website. Final guaranteed orders will be taken up to Friday, December 14. Anything after that time does run the risk of not being delivered on time.

With not long to go until Christmas, don’t forget you still have time to get your hands on all your favourite Exeter goodies in the lead up to the big day. As well as being open today, the Exeter Chiefs Trading Post here at Sandy Park will be open for business up until Christmas Eve. The main store will be open Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm, while the mobile Trading Post – which is located in the Guildhall Shopping Centre – will be open during the hours shown on the right up until Christmas Eve.

RESPECT THY NEIGHBOUR

Exeter Chiefs would like to remind all supporters attending fixtures at Sandy Park to please respect our neighbours when travelling to and from the stadium. The club has been made aware in recent weeks of some supporters acting inappropriately, parking in restricted areas and littering around households in the local area.

As a club, we would ask all supporters to work with us in ensuring those who live locally are not affected in any way. Supporters should also take note of our new Charity Bins for collecting used cups following the final whistle. These bins will be located near all exits and all cups will be donated back to the Exeter Chiefs Foundation.

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PAIGNTON YOUNGSTERS BENEFIT FROM PROJECT RUGBY SCHEME

Exeter Chiefs Community coaches are helping boost participation numbers at local rugby clubs in and around Paignton through the hugely successful Project Rugby programme. Since the start of the school year, coaches Ann Webb and Aron Struminski have been visiting Paignton Community Sports Academy twice a week, helping to deliver rugby sessions to students both in PE Premiership Rugby and England Rugby designed to engage thousands of participants per year (aged 14+ and 16+ for disabled people), providing them with accessible opportunities for people to participate in the game at a time and place that can be easily accessed by its target audiences. “We have seen lots of new students coming along to our after-school clubs and who are beginning to represent the school teams,” explained Aron. “It’s great to see the transition from PE classes to after- school clubs and, in some cases, to local clubs go so successfully.” lessons and then in after-school clubs. Project Rugby is a joint initiative between

And it’s a programme which has the full support of staff at Paignton Academy, who have been delighted with the results of the work put in by the Chiefs team. “Many of the students Aron and Ann have taught have been of a football background,” said PE teacher David Lynch. “Prior to the sessions here at the club, many of them had little or no interest in rugby. The sessions, however, have positively impacted the students, encouraging many of them to make the transition between lessons and club rugby, some even attending clubs for the first time.”

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MATCH REPORT

SATURDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2018

23 - 6

EXETER CHIEFS

GLOUCESTER RUGBY

TRIES White, Cuthbert

CONVERSIONS Steenson (2)

PENALTIES Steenson (3)

PENALTIES Cipriani (2)

LINE-UP P Dollman (J Simmonds 74); S Cordero, I Whitten, O Devoto (S Hill 71), A Cuthbert; G Steenson, N White (J Maunder 66); M Low (B Keast 61), J Yeandle (capt, E Taione 66), G Holmes (M Street 66); M Lees, D Dennis (W Van der Sluys 58); D Ewers, D Armand (T Lawday 6-13), M Kvesic (T Lawday 66).

LINE-UP J Woodward; C Sharples (T Hudson 74), H Trinder, B Twelvetrees, O Thorley; D Cipriani (O Williams 51), W Heinz (C Braley 66); V Rapava-Ruskin (K Traynor 51), H Walker (J Visagie 51), F Balmain (J Hohneck 51); T Savage (G Grobler 60), E Slater (capt); F Clarke, G Evans, B Morgan (A Hinkley 74). ATTENDANCE 12,772

REFEREE M O’Grady

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I KNOW JULES (SALVI) WAS DISAPPOINTED WITH LAST WEEK AT BRISTOL WITH A FEW THINGS, AND HE LET THE GUYS KNOW THAT THIS WEEK, BUT YOU SAW THE RESPONSE FROM ALL OF THEM AND WE BUILT A GOOD WALL TODAY.” ALI HEPHER

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2018/19 FIXTURES, RESULTS & STATS

DATE TIME

OPPONENTS (KO)

COMP RESULT ATT.

17 19.30 A CORNISH PIRATES

F

L 29 - 21 3,000

5

18 15.00 H 24 19.30 A

CARDIFF BLUES

F W 38 - 10 9,246

MUNSTER

F

W 0 - 12 5,948

5

01 16.30 H LEICESTER TIGERS

GP W 40 - 6 10,452 GP W 31 - 42 13,104 5 GP W 35 - 18 9,073

5

08 14.00 A 15 15.00 H

WASPS

5 5

5

SALE SHARKS

21 19.45 A NEWCASTLE FALCONS GP W 17 - 24 7,022 29 15.00 H WORCESTER WARRIORS GP W 28 - 11 9,730

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GP W 24 - 39 14,301 5 ECC D 10 - 10 12,749 ECC L 29 - 25 9,600 PRC D 22 - 22 6,502 PRC W 25 - 18 12,693 PRC W 29 - 13 11,927 GP W 29 - 31 16,776 GP W 23 - 6 12,772 GP L 28 - 26 12,568

05 19.45 A 13 15.15 H 20 14.00 A 03 13.00 H 10 13.00 H 18 15.00 A 24 13.00 H 30 19.45 A 08 13.00 H 14 19.45 A 22 15.00 H

BATH

5

MUNSTER CASTRES

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10

28 15.00 A NEWCASTLE FALCONS

5

BATH

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HARLEQUINS BRISTOL BEARS GLOUCESTER HARLEQUINS GLOUCESTER GLOUCESTER

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ECC ECC

SARACENS GP 28 19.45 A NORTHAMPTON SAINTS GP 05 15.00 H BRISTOL BEARS GP 13 13.00 H CASTRES ECC 19 17.30 A MUNSTER ECC 26 15.00 A BRISTOL BEARS PRC 15 19.45 A GLOUCESTER GP 23 14.30 H NEWCASTLE FALCONS GP 02 15.00 A SALE SHARKS GP 09 15.00 A WORCESTER WARRIORS GP 23 TBC H BATH GP 06 TBC A LEICESTER TIGERS GP 13 TBC H WASPS GP 27 TBC H HARLEQUINS GP 04 TBC A SARACENS GP 18 TBC H NORTHAMPTON SAINTS GP

STARTED MATCH

POINTS SCORED

REPLACEMENT OFF THE BENCH

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IF YOU’RE GOING TO LOSE, YOU WANT TO GET TWO POINTS BECAUSE IT’S THE BEST OUTCOME YOU CAN GET. IT’S PLEASING THE FIGHT WE SHOWED - AND THERE IS NO DOUBT WE HAVE A GROUP WHO ARE FIGHTING HARD - BUT NOW WE HAVE TO USE THIS LOSS TO CREATE A REAL RE-FOCUS AND GO AGAIN.” ROB BAXTER

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MATCH REPORT

FRIDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2018

28 - 26

EXETER CHIEFS

HARLEQUINS

TRIES J Chisholm, Earle (2), Marchant

TRIES Kvesic, Yeandle, Devoto, Whitten

CONVERSIONS Lang

CONVERSIONS J Simmonds, Steenson (2)

PENALTIES Lang, Smith

LINE-UP M Brown; G Ibitoye (C Murley 61), J Marchant, F Saili, N Earle; J Lang (M Smith 62), D Care; J Marler (L Boyce 62), D Ward, K Sinckler (P Swainston 62); B Glynn (M Luamanu 61), G Merrick; A Domebrandt, J Clifford, J Chisholm (capt). Replacements (not used): M Crumpton, S Kunatani, C Mulchrone

LINE-UP P Dollman; T O’Flaherty, I Whitten, S Hill (O Devoto 57), A Cuthbert; J Simmonds (G Steenson 56), N White; M Low (B Keast 68), J Yeandle (capt, E Taione 70), G Holmes (M Street 68); M Lees, D Dennis (O Atkins 53); D Ewers, D Armand, M Kvesic (T Lawday 61). R eplacement (not used): J Maunder

REFEREE I Tempest

ATTENDANCE 12,568

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BE VIGILANT: If you see anything suspicious tell a steward straight away.

If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999.

In an emergency, listen to and follow stadium public address instructions.

If told to evacuate, do not wait around to film on your mobile. Move right away from the stadium quickly to allow emergency workers access.

Once you are safe, follow the local police force for updates.

CHAMPIONS CUP QUIZ

1. Which French side were the first winners of the Heineken Cup? 2. In what city will the 2020 European Finals take place? 3. Who captained Exeter Chiefs in their first-ever Heineken Cup match away to Leinster? 4. Which Englishman holds the record for most points scored in the history of the competition? 5. Which Gloucester player once scored five tries in a Heineken Cup game against Roma? 6. Only two Italians have ever won the Champions Cup, can you name one of them? 7. Who is the current coach of Edinburgh Rugby? 8. Name the former Gloucester player who scored Exeter’s first-ever Premiership try against his old club? 9. Gloucester reached the semi-finals of the competition in 2000/2001, but who beat them 19-15 at Vicarage Road? 10. Name the three clubs in Exeter’s pool in last season’s Champions Cup?

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TODAY’S LINE-UP

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MATT

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15

KVESIC

5

PHIL DOLLMAN

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CHARLIE SHARPLES

4

9

WILLI HEINZ

8

TOM SAVAGE

2

DANNY CIPRIANI

JAMES

BEN MORGAN

10

15

HANSON

5

JASON WOODWARD

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OWEN WILLIAMS

ED SLATER (CAPT)

JOSH HOHNECK 1

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BILLY TWELVETREES

JAKE POLLEDRI

OLLIE THORLEY 11

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2018/19 SQUAD

DON ARMAND BACK-ROW 23.09.1988 1.91m 6ft 3in 115kg 18st 1lb

OLLIE ATKINS LOCK 12.08.1988 2.00m 6ft 6in 118kg 18st 8lbs

MAX BODILLY FULL-BACK 09.09.1994 1.85m 6ft 1in 86kg 13st 7lbs

RICHARD CAPSTICK BACK-ROW 13.02.2000 1.91m 6ft 3in 103kg 16st 3lbs

JOSH CAULFIELD LOCK/BACK-ROW 09.06.1997 1.94m 6ft 4in 116kg 18st 3lbs

SANTIAGO CORDERO WING 06.12.1993 1.79m 5ft 10in 83kg 13st 1lb

LUKE COWAN-DICKIE HOOKER 20.06.1993 1.85m 6ft 1in 110kg 17st 4lbs

ALEX CUTHBERT WING 05.04.1990 1.91m 6ft 3in 105kg 16st 7lbs

PAUL DAVIS HOOKER 10.02.1994 1.88m 6ft 2in 119kg 18st 10lbs

DAVE DENNIS LOCK/BACK-ROW 10.01.1986 1.92m 6ft 4in 113kg 17st 11lbs

OLLIE DEVOTO CENTRE 1.92m 6ft 4in 102kg 16st

PHIL DOLLMAN CENTRE/FULL-BACK 15.05.1985 1.83m 6ft 90kg 14st 2lbs

22.09.1993

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JAMES FREEMAN BACK-ROW 11.12.1990 1.90m 6ft 3in 113kg 17st 11lbs

FLYNN ELWORTHY BACK-ROW 27.10.1999 1.88m 6ft 2in 93kg 14st 9lbs

DAVE EWERS BACK-ROW 03.11.1990 1.93m 6ft 4in 125kg 19st 9lbs

TOMAS FRANCIS PROP 27.04.1992 1.86m 6ft 1in 135kg 21st 3lbs

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SAM HILL CENTRE 1.84m 6ft

TOM HENDRICKSON CENTRE 01.09.1994 1.84m 6ft 100kg 15st 10lbs

ALEC HEPBURN PROP 1.85m 6ft 1in 108kg 17st

JONNY HILL LOCK 08.06.1994 2.01m 6ft 7in 112kg 17st 8lbs

14.07.1993

30.03.1993

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JACK INNARD HOOKER 03.07.1995 1.80m 5ft 11in 103kg 16st 3lbs

ONEHUNGA KAUFUSI BACK-ROW 16.02.1996 1.88m 6ft 2in 112kg 17st 8lbs

BILLY KEAST PROP 1.84m 6ft

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24.11.1996

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109kg 17st 2lb

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MATT KVESIC BACK-ROW 14.04.1992 1.88m 6ft 2in 107kg 16st 11lbs

PETE LAVERICK CENTRE

TOM LAWDAY BACK-ROW 11.11.1993 1.88m 6ft 2in 109kg 17st 2lbs

18.01.1995

1.82m 6ft

94kg 14st 11lbs

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MITCH LEES LOCK 12.10.1988 1.96m 6ft 5in 122kg 19st 2lbs

SEAN LONSDALE LOCK/BACK-ROW 07.06.1993 1.96m 6ft 5in 110kg 17st 4lbs

MORAY LOW PROP 28.11.1994 1.88m 6ft 2in 128kg 20st 2lbs

JACK MAUNDER SCRUM-HALF 05.04.1997 1.78m 5ft 10in 80kg 12st 8lbs

SAM MORLEY FLY-HALF 14.07.1998 1.78m 5ft 10in 80kg 12st 8lbs

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BEN MOON PROP 14.07.1989 1.80m 5ft 10in 110kg 17st 4lbs

09.12.1995 1.90m 6ft 2in 107kg 16st 8lbs

MAX NOREY HOOKER 05.08.1999 1.78m 5ft 10in 95kg 14st 13lbs

JACK NOWELL WING 11.04.1993 1.80m 5ft 11in 97kg 15st 3lbs

TOM O’FLAHERTY WING 21.07.1996 1.80m 5ft 11in 82kg 12st 12lbs

JACK OWLETT PROP 03.02.1995 1.87m 6ft 2in 122kg 19st 2lbs

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JOE PARKER-COOK LOCK 27.02.1999 1.92m 6ft 4in 102kg 16st 1lb

ALFIE PETCH PROP 21.12.1999 1.80m 5ft 11in 124kg 19st 7lbs

TOBY SALMON LOCK 26.03.1993 1.99m 6ft 6in 120kg 18st 12lbs

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HARVEY SKINNER FLY-HALF 31.02.1997 1.87m 6ft 1in 87kg 13st 9lbs

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HENRY SLADE FLY-HALF/CENTRE 19.03.1993 1.91m 6ft 4in 96kg 15st 1lb

DANNY SOUTHWORTH PROP 04.05.1999 1.78m 5ft 10in 112kg 17st 8lbs

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MARCUS STREET PROP 06.02.1999 1.85m 6ft 1in 117kg 18st 5lbs

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TOULOUSE 28 T: Medard, Guitoune C: Ramos (2) P: Ramos (3) LEINSTER 27 T: O’Brien, Ryan, Cronin

WASPS 35 T: Bassett, Simpson, Zhvania, Johnson, Young C: Sopoaga (5) BATH 35 T: Cokanasiga, Wright, Rokoduguni, Ewels, Louw C: Burns (5)

C: Sexton (3) P: Sexton (2)

CASTRES 29 T: Vialelle, Mafi C: Dumora, Le Bourhis P: Dumora (2), Le Bourhis (2) D: Dumora EXETER CHIEFS 25 T: Cordero, Kvesic, Steenson

MUNSTER 36 T: Haley, Marshall,

Carbery, Arnold, Conway C: Carbery (4) P: Carbery GLOUCESTER 22 T: Grobler, Woodward, Morgan C: Twelvetrees (2) P: Cipriani SARACENS 29 T: Itoje, Maitland, Barritt, Lewington C: Farrell (3) P: Farrell LYON 10 T: Lacombe; C: Beauxis P: Beauxis RACING 92 44 T: Iribaren, Laurent, Imhoff, Thomas, Zebo C: Russell (4), Iribaren P: Russell (3) ULSTER 12 T: Shanahan, Stockdale C: Burns

C: Steenson (2) P: Steenson (2)

CARDIFF BLUES 12 T: Summerhill (2) C: Anscombe GLASGOW WARRIORS 29 T: Hastings, Van Der Merwe, Price, Gray C: Hastings (3) P: Hastings LEICESTER TIGERS 47 T: Wells, Thompson, Kalamafoni, Tuilagi, May C: Ford (4) P: Ford (4) SCARLETS 27 T: Davies, Evans, Thomson

C: Halfpenny (3) P: Halfpenny (2)

EDINBURGH 40 T: Toolis, Pyrgos, McInally, Dean C: van der Walt (3), Hickey P: van der Walt (4) RC TOULON 14 T: Taofifenua, Ikpefan C: Belleau, Trinh-Duc

NEWCASTLE FALCONS 23 T: Graham, Chick

C: Hodgson (2) P: Hodgson (3) MONTPELLIER 20 T: Willemse P: Pienaar (5)

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TOP TRY SCORERS Sofiane Guitoune Maxime Medard Sean Cronin Gareth Davies James Lowe Luke McGrath Stuart McInally Jacob Stockdale Aled Summerhill Romain Taofifenua

TOP POINTS SCORERS Joel Hodgson

Toulouse Toulouse Leinster Scarlets Leinster Leinster Edinburgh

3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

Newcastle Falcons

27 25 25 22 22 21 21 20 20 20

Freddie Burns George Ford

Bath

Leicester Tigers

Gareth Anscombe Cardiff Blues

Johnny Sexton Joey Carbery Ruan Pienaar Julian Dumora Thomas Ramos

Leinster Munster

Montpellier

Ulster

Castres

Cardiff Blues

Toulouse

RC Toulon

Gareth Steenson Exeter Chiefs

Manu Tuilagi

Leicester Tigers

POOL 1 TEAM

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Toulouse

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2 1 0 0

0 0 1 1

0 50 47 8 1 79 31 6 1 55 27 4 1 38 87 3

Leinster

Bath

HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP ROUND FOUR FIXTURES

Wasps

POOL 2 TEAM

PLAYED WON DRAW LOST PF PA PTS

Munster

2 2 2 2

1 1 1 0

1 0 0 1

0 46 32 7 1 43 44 5 1 41 50 4 1 35 39 3

FRIDAY 14TH DEC Pool 2: Gloucester Rugby v Exeter Chiefs (7:45pm) Pool 4: Ulster Rugby v Scarlets (7:45pm) SATURDAY 15TH DEC Pool 1: Toulouse v Wasps (3.15pm) Leinster Rugby v Bath Rugby (5.30pm) Pool 2: Castres Olympique v Munster (5.30pm) Pool 3: GlasgowWarriors v Lyon (1:00pm) Cardiff Blues v Saracens (1:00pm) SUNDAY 16TH DEC Pool 4: Leicester Tigers v Racing 92 (1.00pm) Pool 5: Montpellier v RC Toulon (3.15pm) Newcastle Falcons v Edinburgh (3.15pm)

Castres

Gloucester

Exeter Chiefs

POOL 3 TEAM

PLAYED WON DRAW LOST PF PA PTS

Saracens

2 2 2 2

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Glasgow Warriors

Cardiff Blues

Lyon

POOL 4 TEAM

PLAYED WON DRAW LOST PF PA PTS

Racing 92

2 2 2 2

2 1 1 0

0 0 0 0

0 58 25 9 1 55 51 5 1 36 54 4 2 40 59 1

Leicester Tigers

Ulster

Scarlets

POOL 5 TEAM

PLAYED WON DRAW LOST PF PA PTS

Newcastle Falcons

2 2 2 2

2 1 1 0

0 0 0 0

0 49 45 8 1 55 35 6 1 41 38 5 2 39 66 1

Edinburgh Montpellier

RC Toulon

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GLOUCESTER RUGBY

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP RECORD

PLAYED

WON

DRAWN

LOST

66

39

1

26

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Founded:

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Ground:

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Capacity:

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Head Coach:

Willi Heinz

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HEAD COACH Johan Ackermann

Born in Benoni, South Africa on June 3 in 1970.

During a 12-year playing career, the imposing lock started his career with the Blue Bulls and went onto feature for the Golden Lions, Cats, Northampton Saints, Griquas and Sharks.

He won 13 Test caps for the Springboks, becoming their oldest player to play for the national side at 37 back in 2007.

Having retired from playing in 2008, Ackermann was appointed as Forwards Coach of the Lions in Super Rugby in 2010, where he worked alongside Head Coach John Mitchell, before taking on the top job himself in 2013. Named South African coach of the year in 2014, 15 and 16, he moved to Gloucester in 2017, where he led the Cherry and Whites to the European Challenge Cup Final in his first season, narrowly going down to Cardiff Blues in Bilbao.

CAPTAIN Willi Heinz

Born on November 24, 1986 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Heinz started his senior career playing for Canterbury in the ITM Cup, before featuring over 50 times for the Crusaders in Super Rugby.

He moved to Kingsholm ahead of the 2015/16 season, offering a proven scrum-half option to the Cherry and Whites.

With 65 appearances to his name and nine tries for Gloucester, Heinz has proved a shrewd acquisition and was made captain last season, taking over the leadership role from Billy Twelvetrees.

The former New Zealand Under-21s international was in 2017 invited to train with the England squad by Eddie Jones.

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Just two weeks after they departed Sandy Park in the Gallagher Premiership, Gloucester Rugby find themselves heading West once more for the latest instalment of their three-game series against rivals Exeter Chiefs. Although undone 23-6 by Rob Baxter’s side in the most recent meeting, the Cherry & Whites will check in for today’s encounter knowing that not only do they have chance to seek an almost immediate riposte, but victory in deepest Devon would not enhance their own European qualification claims, but all but end Exeter’s hopes of advancing to the latter stages. The stakes could not be any higher, but for Gloucester – beaten finalists in last season’s European Challenge Cup – the chance to compete amongst the elite of the European game for the first time since the 2013/14 season is something they aren’t going to give up without an almighty fight. Indeed, head coach Johan Ackermann spelt out the club’s intentions earlier this season, saying: “There is great excitement around the club about being back in the Champions Cup. It’s my first involvement in the competition and there are a few other players in the squad who will be experiencing it too for the first time. “It’s a new challenge, new opponents and a new competition for a lot of people at the club. As a club it’s

great to be back playing against the top teams in what is one of the best competitions in rugby.” Pitted against French champions Castres in Round One, Gloucester gave themselves a dream start as they claimed a 19-14 success at Kingsholm. With summer signing Danny Cipriani leading the way – he scored 14 of his side’s points, alongside a try from scrum-half Callum Braley – Ackermann’s side found themselves top of the tree in Pool 2 after Exeter Chiefs and Munster shared out a 10-10 draw at Sandy Park. A week later, however, Cipriani went from hero to villain when he was sent off in Gloucester’s 36-22 loss away to Munster at Thomond Park. Underlining Ackermann’s pre-tournament warning that ‘mistakes are punished at this level’ – it’s meant the importance of securing success in the double- header against the Chiefs has become paramount to Gloucester’s hopes of advancing. “If you really want a shot, you have to win home games,” said the South African coach. “It’s a bonus if you win away, but the reality is there are lots of massive challenges to overcome.” Gloucester come into today’s game brimming with confidence, having bounced back from their defeat to the Chiefs with a powerful six-try success over Worcester Warriors last weekend. Winger Ollie Thorley led the way for the home side in their derby day win and Ackermann wasted little time in praising the talented speedster who has scored four Premiership tries in just three games.

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