ExeterChiefs V Sale Sharks - 25th Jan 20

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WELCOME ....................................................... 3 DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT .................................... 5 CLUB NEWS .................................... 7, 8-9, 13, 15 CHIEFS MATCH REPORTS ............................. 16-17 FIXTURES, RESULTS & STATS ......................... 20-21 LET’S GET SOCIAL........................................ 24-25 COACHES & STAFF . ......................................... 28 TODAY’S MATCH SPONSOR................................30 PREVIOUS MATCH PARTNER..............................31 PLAYER OF THE MONTH....................................31 PREMIERSHIP SHORTS................................. 34-35 TODAY’S TEAM LINE UP....................................37 2019/20 SQUAD ......................................... 38-42 OPPOSITION ............................................. 46-51 EXETER FOUNDATION.................................. 52-53 NIGEL WALROND ........................................... 55 HEAD 2 HEAD .................................................57 OUR SPONSORS ............................................. 59 FEATURED PLAYERS .................................... 60-63 GALLAGHER PREMIERSHIP CUP REVIEW......... 64-65 HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP REVIEW............. 66-69 CHIEFS TRIVIA.................................................73 JUNIOR CHIEFS .......................................... 76-77 COMMUNITY NEWS ................................... 78-79 BRAVES MATCH REPORTS ............................ 80-81 TICKET INFORMATION......................................84

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Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Sandy Park for this afternoon’s return to Gallagher Premiership action against Sale Sharks. WELCOME

TONY ROWE OBE, HON LLD, CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE EXETER RUGBY CLUB Off the field, this past week saw the official turf- cutting take place on the site of the new Sandy Park Hotel. I was delighted to be joined at this event by not senior figures from the club itself, but by Exeter City Council chief executive, Karime Hassan, Council leader Phil Bialyk, and Paul Thomas, Senior Director of Marriott International. In what has been an eventful week, on and off the field, it’s only right that I start my column this week by saluting the efforts of Rob Baxter and the players on reaching the last eight of the Heineken Champions Cup. Our bonus-point victory here a week ago against La Rochelle, coupled with results elsewhere in the competition, meant we finished the pool stages as the number two ranked club. Never before have we achieved such a good outcome at this stage in the competition and our efforts mean we will now welcome Northampton Saints here to Devon in early April. Our form in Europe this season has been the foundation for much of our impressive on-field work so far this season. The way in which the team have attacked every game and every competition is testament to the tireless work that is exerted day in, day out, by everyone here at the club. However, we all know nothing is won at this stage of the season and it will be what we do in the coming weeks and months that will truly define how successful we judge this season. Fixtures will come thick and fast, starting with today’s visit of the Sharks. After which, we will again be back here for the semi-final of the Premiership Rugby Cup, a competition which over the years has served us well in helping to bring through some of our highly-rated, homegrown talent.

As I’ve said previously, the new, multi-million pound hotel will help take our business to the ‘next level’ and will be a huge asset not only to the Rugby Club and Sandy Park, but to Exeter itself. The other major development of the week was of course the announcement by Premiership Rugby that Saracens will be relegated at the end of the season. Having attended a meeting in London last week, where two choices were given to Saracens – the first being for them to have a forensic audit of all of their accounts, the other to take relegation this season – they have at last made their choice of which route they wish to take. Like all Premiership chairmen, I want to move on from the whole situation. People have had suspicions about Saracens for some time, including five years ago when they were hauled over the coals for something similar. As clubs, we all want to have a level playing field. We want the same opportunities and the same chances as one another, so hopefully with this decision we can back to that position quickly. Finally, can I congratulate Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ollie Devoto and Harry Williams on their call-ups to the England squad ahead of the Guinness Six Nations Championship – and also to our summer signing Stuart Hogg, who will lead Scotland into the tournament.

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DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT Welcome back to Sandy Park for our return to the Gallagher Premiership with the visit of Sale Sharks today. The make-up of the season again throws

not only secured a home quarter-final, but by earning the second seeding spot, we will now have home country advantage in the semi-final if we can overcome Northampton Saints in early April. Today’s fixture is the last competitive action before the start of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations Championship. Personally, I would also like to wish Luke Cowan Dickie, Harry Williams and Ollie Devato - who are in the England training squad - together with Stuart Hogg who will be captaining Scotland, all the very best for the coming weeks. As players return from injury, we may yet see a few more of our players feature later in the tournament because Henry Slade, Jack Nowell, Tomas Francis and Sam Skinner could all be fit before the competition ends. I also think we have a few players who are close to having some international involvement, providing they keep playing as well as they currently are. Finally, can I take this opportunity to welcome Steve Diamond, his fellow coaches, staff, players, officials and supporters of Sale Sharks to Sandy Park. All the Best ! ROB BAXTER

something different into the fixture list with this single Premiership game sandwiched between the Heineken Champions Cup and next week’s Premiership Rugby Cup semi-final. Therefore, the ability to move from competition to competition will once again be a challenge. As well as the physical challenges each week, there are also big mental challenges to contend with. Our draw in Glasgow the previous week had already ensured us of our place in the last eight of the Champions Cup, but we headed into last weekend’s game with La Rochelle still with plenty to fight for, the biggest of which was victory which would ensure us of a home quarter-final. La Rochelle arrived here with a slim mathematical chance of progressing into the latter stages, but really the pressure was on us to go out and win the contest. If I’m honest, I think we would say that we got half the game right. The first half was a little flat, almost as if we were waiting for things to happen, and we didn’t really pour the required emotional energy into our actions. That in turn allowed the game to see-saw far too much and kept the scoreboard close. The second half, however, was a totally different 40 minutes, and I have to give a lot of credit to the players for this. They used the half- time break to come in, regroup, and outline to each other what they needed to do when they returned to the field. What I liked was they really focused their collective energy and they drove home moment after moment to create a dominant second half that led to long periods of possession, territory and therefore scores. Last week was obviously pleasing - not just because of the result on the day, but also because of what it might mean in the future. By the end of the weekend we had

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CHURCHER’S DELIGHT AS UNDER-18s SECURE FIRST WIN

Head coach Marek Churcher was full of praise for his Exeter Chiefs Under-18s side after they picked up their first win in this season’s Premiership Rugby Under-18s League with a 29-5 victory at Gloucester. Although undone in earlier encounters against the likes of Saracens, Bath and Harlequins, there have been seeds of encouragement for Churcher and his fellow coaches to work with. At the weekend, those seeds went into full bloom as the visitors produced their best display of the season, running in tries through Frankie Nowell, Archie Hill, Oli Jeffrey, Charlie Levick and Christ Tshiunza. Post-game, a delighted Churcher said: “It was an outstanding performance from start to finish. We have been threatening this kind of performance for a few weeks now, and it was great to see the hard work of the boys rewarded with the win. “Not only were we a lot more clinical than we have been previously, but we were a lot more relaxed in our attack and when we needed to ramp up our defence, we did that really well. As I said, I’m really pleased for the whole group because we have played well in the other games, but haven’t quite been able to finish things off.” The win sets the Chiefs up nicely for today’s home encounter against table-toppers London Irish at Truro College.

WOMEN’S SIDE TO GET FIRST SANDY PARK RUN-OUT Supporters heading for Sandy Park on Saturday, March 7 can brace themselves for a feast of rugby. Not only will the Exeter Chiefs be in action that day against local rivals Bath in the Gallagher Premiership (2:30pm), but before that game kicks-off, the Exeter Chiefs Women will take to the field at Sandy Park in a friendly fixture against The Army (10:45am). It will be the first fixture played at the stadium by the newly-formed Women’s side and will be the perfect curtain-raiser to the day, which will finish off with the screening of England’s Six Nations clash with Wales (4:45pm) on all the screens within the stadium. All Season Ticket holders and those who have purchased tickets for the Bath game will be able to see all of the action.

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SANDY PARK READY TO MOVE TO NEXT LEVEL AS WORK ON NEW HOTEL BEGINS

Work has officially begun on the new multi-million pound Sandy Park Hotel.

The state-of-the-art hotel is the next stage in the development plans of Exeter’s award-winning Sandy Park complex, which is home to Gallagher Premiership Rugby club Exeter Chiefs, and the region’s premier Conference & Banqueting venue. In addition to housing 250 bedrooms, the eight-storey hotel situated off Old Rydon Lane will provide leisure facilities on the ground floor, as well as a rooftop cocktail bar and restaurant that boasts picturesque views along the River Exe Estuary.

Coming under the worldwide Courtyard by Marriott brand, the four-star facility will also boast an impressive glazed bridge link to Sandy Park, as well as an extensive reception area, open plan bar, coffee bar and lounge. The rooftop restaurant is described as ‘one of its kind for the area’ and will provide a ‘unique dining experience for guests and visitors’, while the basement of the hotel will provide spa and fitness facilities, including a sauna, steam room and gymnasium.

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Exeter Rugby Club Chairman and Chief Executive, Tony Rowe OBE, was joined by Exeter City Council chief executive Karime Hassan, City Council leader Phil Bialyk, and Paul Thomas, Senior Director, International Development at Marriott International, for the official turf-cutting on the new site. Last week’s ceremony signals the start of the hotel build, which developers hope will be completed by December 2021. “This is a great day,” said Mr Rowe. “It was November 2016 when I first phoned the Exeter City Council to tell them I had an idea which they may or may not like. Thankfully, they liked the idea. “Our aim as a business it to have the premier Conference & Banqueting venue within the Westcountry, and the key to that is having this hotel. Because Sandy Park is out on a bit of limb, the nearest hotel is not a short walk away - it’s a taxi ride away. That has hindered our business somewhat over the years, so having this development will be key to our future growth.” As well as helping to drive additional business towards Sandy Park during the week, the new hotel will also be a welcome addition to supporters heading to the city for match-days. “The hotel is going to take us to another level,” added Mr Rowe. “This is going to be the biggest commercial hotel this side of Bristol – and it’s also going to be Marriott’s only hotel in the area, so they are very excited at what can be achieved.”

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CHIEFS TRIO NAMED IN ENGLAND SQUAD FOR SIX NATIONS Three Exeter Chiefs players have been named in Eddie Jones’ 34-man England squad for the upcoming 2020 Guinness Six Nations Championship.

Forwards: Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 21 caps), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 19 caps), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby, uncapped), Ben Earl (Saracens, uncapped), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 12 caps), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 14 caps), Jamie George (Saracens, 45 caps), Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors, 1 cap), Maro Itoje (Saracens, 34 caps), George Kruis (Saracens 41 caps), Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 62 caps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 81 caps), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 6 caps), Joe Marler (Harlequins, 68 caps), Alex Moon (Northampton Saints, uncapped), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 31 caps), Will Stuart (Bath Rugby uncapped), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby 15 caps), Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 58 caps), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 18 caps) Backs Elliot Daly (Saracens 39 caps), Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs, 1 cap) , Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints, uncapped), Owen Farrell (Saracens, 79 caps), George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 65 caps), George Furbank (Northampton Saints, uncapped), Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 9 caps), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 47 caps), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 52 caps), Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 40 caps), Jacob Umaga (Wasps, uncapped), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 42 caps), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 95 caps) Apprentice players Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, uncapped), Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped England’s Six Nations squad

Luke Cowan-Dickie was one of 22 players who played at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan last year and he is joined in the international ranks by club-mates Harry Williams and Ollie Devoto. Fellow Chiefs, Henry Slade and Jack Nowell - both of whom were part of England’s World Cup squad - have not been picked due to injury. Slade is currently recovering from a broken leg sustained in the away game at Leicester Tigers in December, while Nowell is due to undergo an operation on an ankle injury. Jones said: “The Guinness Six Nations for us is all about raising the standards in terms of the way we prepare, tactically and physically how we play the game, and the way we come together off the field. “But our first task is beating France in France, and that is the only game we need to worry about. We will begin our preparations in Portugal, get a bit of sun, some warm conditions and get ourselves physically and mentally right for the game. “The first three days will be about getting organised. We have got players from 11 clubs so we need to get everyone on the same page quickly, spend a lot of time working on our togetherness and then by Tuesday next week we are in Test preparation for France.”

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PAST PLAYERS’ DAY HAILED ANOTHER HUGE SUCCESS Over 80 former Exeter Rugby Club players watched the current incumbents book their place in the quarter-finals of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup with a 33-14 victory over La Rochelle last weekend.

The gathering of famous names of yesteryear was all part of the club’s annual Past Players’ Day, which this year included numerous past captains gathering for a pre-match carvery and then post-match pint following the on-field action here at Sandy Park. Among those to gather included players dating from the 1950s through to modern-day times and members of the Chiefs during the Premiership and European era. Past player John Lockyer, who these days is part of Radio Devon’s match-day commentary team for all Exeter fixtures, was part of the gathering and hailed what was another fantastic gathering. “It was brilliant to see so many former players in one place,” said Lockyer. “”I know for a few of them they don’t get the chance to come along to Sandy Park all that often, so it was great to relive old times and catch up with one or two people that we haven’t seen in a long time.”

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MATCH REPORT

18TH JANUARY 2020

33 - 14 EXETER CHIEFS

LA ROCHELLE

TRIES Murimurivalu, Penalty Try

TRIES Cowan-Dickie, Ewers, S Simmonds (2), Townsend

CONVERSION West

CONVERSIONS J Simmonds (4)

LINE UP S Hogg; J Nowell, I Whitten (O Devoto 53), S Hill, O Woodburn; J Simmonds (G Steenson 69), J Maunder (S Townsend 58); A Hepburn (B Moon 58), L Cowan-Dickie (E Taione 65), H Williams (E Pieretto 65); D Dennis (capt), J Hill; D Ewers (J Kirsten 68), J Vermeulen, S Simmonds (M Kvesic 65).

LINE UP V Rattez (B James 68); K Murimurivalu, G Doumayrou (E Roudil 48), P Aguillon, A Retiere; I West, T Berjon (A Bales 69); D Priso (L Aouf 54), P Bourgarit (F Bosch 54), U Antonio (S Puafisi h/t); R Sazy (capt, T Levault 6), R Leroux; L Timani (W Liebenberg 24), Z Kieft, G Aldritt.

YELLOW CARD Hogg

REFEREE F Murphy

ATTENDANCE 12,632

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2019/20 FIXTURES, RESULTS & STATS

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RESULT ATT. W 28 - 14 9,722 L 27 - 7 13,633 W 42 - 19 9,706 W 22 - 19 11,896 L 13 - 10 14,290 L 17 - 20 11,015 W 12 - 32 16,000 W 34 - 18 10,545 W 38 - 3 13,320 W 20 - 22 11,090 W 35-10 10,217 W 22-31 21,219 W 14-7 13,593 W 28-45 6,412 D 31-31 7,351 W 33-14 12,632

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29 15.00 H SARACENS 5 14.30 A LONDON IRISH 11 15.15 A GLASGOW WARRIORS 25 15.00 H SALE SHARKS 2 13.00 H SEMI-FINAL HARLEQUINS 14 19.45 A GLOUCESTER RUGBY 23 13.00 H NORTHAMPTON SAINTS 29 15.00 A HARLEQUINS 7 14.30 H BATH RUGBY 15 TBC PRC FINAL 20/21 TBC H LEICESTER TIGERS 27/28 TBC A SALE SHARKS 3/4/5 TBC H NORTHAMPTON SAINTS 10/11 TBC A BRISTOL BEARS 17/18 TBC H WORCESTER WARRIORS 24/25 TBC A NORTHAMPTON SAINTS 1/2/3 TBC HCC SEMI-FINAL 8/9 TBC H GLOUCESTER RUGBY 15/16 TBC A SARACENS 23 TBC HCC FINAL 29/30 TBC H LONDON IRISH 6 TBC A WASPS 12 TBC GP SEMI-FINAL 20 TBC GP FINAL 18 17.30 H LA ROCHELLE

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BORTHWICK TO BECOME NEW TIGERS HEAD COACH Steve Borthwick will join Leicester Tigers as their new head coach once he has completed his coaching commitments with England. The 40-year-old former Bath and Saracens forward will work under GeordanMurphy, who has been appointed as theTigers’ new director of rugby. Borthwick, who joined the England coaching set-up as forwards coach in 2015, has been lined up to take a senior role at the Tigers for some time, and is the latest coaching change at Welford Road.

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DOMBRANDT PENS NEW DEAL AT HARLEQUINS Harlequins back-row Alex Dombrandt has extended his contract with the club by two years. The 22-year-old, former Cardiff Met University graduate, has made 37 appearances, scoring 16 tries since signing ahead of the 2018/19 season. Team-mate Will Collier has also agreed a new, undisclosed contract that will take him into an 11th season at The Stoop.

IT’S ANOTHER BAD BREAK FOR VUNIPOLA Saracens have confirmed England No 8 Billy Vunipola broke his arm during their Champions Cup victory over Racing 92. The rampaging forward will see a consultant this week and could miss the entire Six Nations. Vunipola, who has sustained a similar injury on three previous occasions, was injured during the early stages of Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup win over Racing 92.

ONE IN, ONE OUT IN THE CENTRE OF BATH Wales centre Jamie Roberts has left Bath with immediate effect to join Super Rugby side Stormers. Roberts, 33, was in his second season with Bath after joining from Harlequins, but will leave the Gallagher Premiership club to join the South African side, based in Cape Town.

Bath have signed Fijian centre Josh Matavesi from Newcastle Falcons to help plug the gap created by Roberts’ departure.

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TODAY’S TEAM LINE UP

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DENNY SOLOMONA

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SAM JAMES

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ROHAN JANSE VAN RENSBURG

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FAF DE KLERK

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BEN CURRY

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BRYN EVANS

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BEN MOON

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JONNY HILL

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DAVE EWERS

JACQUES VERMEULEN

SAM SIMMONDS

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STUART TOWNSEND

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12

GARETH STEENSON

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SAM HILL

11

14

IAN WHITTEN

OLLY WOODBURN

TOM O’FLAHERTY

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PHIL DOLLMAN

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SALE SHARKS REPLACEMENTS 16 ROB WEBBER 17 BEN CARLILE 18 JAKE COOPER-WOOLEY 19 JAMES PHILLIPS

20 MATT KVESIC 21 JACK MAUNDER 22 HARVEY SKINNER 23 TOM HENDRICKSON

20 CAMERON NIELD 21 WILL CLIFF 22 CAMERON REDPATH 23 LUKE JAMES

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2019/20 SQUAD

DON ARMAND BACK-ROW 23.09.1988 1.91m 6ft 3in 110kg 17st 4lb

MAX BODILLY FULL-BACK 09.09.1994 1.85m 6ft 1in 90kg 14st 1lb

RICHARD CAPSTICK BACK-ROW 13.02.2000 1.95m 6ft 4in 108kg 17st

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

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DAVE DENNIS LOCK/BACK-ROW 10.01.1986 1.94m 6ft 4in 112kg 17st 8lbs

OLLIE DEVOTO CENTRE 22.09.1993 1.94m 6ft 4in 105kg 16st 5lbs

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

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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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TOMHENDRICKSON CENTRE 01.09.1994 1.85m 6ft 1in 100kg 15st 10lbs

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BARRIE KAREA CENTRE 31.01.2000 1.78m 5ft 10in 98kg 15st 6lbs

GREG HOLMES PROP 11.06.1983 1.83m 6ft 111kg 17st 4lbs

JANNES KIRSTEN LOCK/BACK-ROW 01.12.1993 1.96m 6ft 5in 115kg 18st 1lbs

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

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JAMES KENNY PROP 26.05.1999 1.84m 6ft 114kg 17st 9lbs

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

MAX NOREY HOOKER 05.08.1999 1.78m 5ft 10in 100kg 15st 10lbs

09.12.1995 1.89m 6ft 2in 107kg 16st 8lbs

TOM O’FLAHERTY WING 21.07.1994 1.80m 5ft 11in 82kg 12st 12lbs

JOE PARKER-COOK LOCK 27.02.1999 1.94m 6ft 4in 106kg 16st 6lbs

WILL NORTON PROP 28.03.1993 1.90m 6ft 3in 127kg 19st 9lbs

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

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

LEWIS PEARSON LOCK 26.10.1999 1.94m 6ft 4in 110kg 17st 4lbs

ENRIQUE PIERETTO PROP 15/12/1994 1.86m 6ft 1in 122kg 19st 2lbs

JORDON POOLE HOOKER 02.04.1997 1.76m 5ft 9in 106kg 16st 6lbs

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

SAM SKINNER LOCK/BACK-ROW 31.01.1995 1.98m 6ft 6in 114kg 17st 9lbs

SAM SIMMONDS BACK-ROW 10.11.1994 1.83m 6ft 103kg 16st 2lbs

JOE SNOW SCRUM-HALF 11.12.1998 1.80m 5ft 11in 84kg 13st 3lbs

GARETH STEENSON FLY-HALF 05.04.1984 1.78m 5ft 10in 87kg 13st 7lbs

STAN SOUTH LOCK 24.07.1996 1.98m 6ft 6in 118kg 18st 6lbs

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

MARCUS STREET PROP 06.02.1999 1.85m 6ft 1in 120kg 18st 8lbs

CORY TEAGUE LOCK 1.98m 6ft 6in 108kg 17st

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STU TOWNSEND SCRUM-HALF 11.10.1995 1.76m 5ft 9in 90kg 14st 1lbs

RUS TUIMA BACK-ROW 21.05.2000 1.95m 6ft 5in 128kg 20st 1lb

JACQUESVERMEULEN LOCK/BACK-ROW 08.02.1995 1.97m 6ft 5in 112kg 17st 8lbs

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SALE SHARKS

DIRECTOR OF RUGBY Steve Diamond

Born on February 3, 1969 in Partington, Lancashire. Began playing rugby with his local club Trafford RFC before joining Sale in 1989. He would go on to play over 350 games for the club. In 2001, Diamond joined the Sale coaching team working alongside another former player, Jim Mallinder. Diamond’s coaching career later took him to Saracens in 2004, where he spent two years in charge, before then becoming Director of Rugby for Russia in 2010, helping them to qualify for the Rugby World Cup a year later. He returned to Sale in 2011 as Director of Sport, before assuming the role of Director of Rugby a year later from Bryan Redpath.

CAPTAIN Jono Ross

Born in Sandton, South Africa on October 27, 1990. Ross started his career as a youngster at the Golden Lions in 2017, before moving onto the Blue Bulls where he has spent most of his career. In only his third-ever Currie Cup game for the Blues, he was made captain for their clash against Western Province. His career has since seen him feature for a brief period at Saracens and also Stade Francais, whom he helped to the French title in 2015. Ross joined the Sharks in April 2017, signing a three-year deal with the Manchester-based club.

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Sale’s European Champions Cup exploits may be over for another season, but winger Chris Ashton insists there is plenty more for the Sharks to get stuck into over the coming weeks and months. It starts today here in Devon as Steve Diamond’s side prepare to tackle Exeter Chiefs for a third time already this season - the two clubs have already battled it out in the Champions Cup double-header last month. On both occasions it was the Chiefs who prospered, winning the first meeting at the AJ Bell Stadium 22- 20, before following it up a week later with a more comprehensive 35-10 victory here at Sandy Park. With three defeats out of four, the Sharks were already doomed in terms of European qualification, and the past two weeks have seen them fare no better with a narrow loss over in La Rochelle (30-23), before they were trounced on home turf by Glasgow Warriors (45-7) last weekend. That said, the future outlook is more promising with not only a top-four placing in the Gallagher Premiership well within their sights, but also a Premiership Rugby Cup semi- final against defending champions Saracens also looming large on the horizon. Hoping to be at the heart of Sale’s push for honours will be England international Ashton, who is currently third in the all-time Premiership try-scorers list (85) - seven behind leader Tom Varndall and five adrift of another former Shark, Mark Cueto.

“I have mentioned it [the record] to Mark a few times, but he has mentioned it to me a few times as well!” says Ashton. “I am close, but I am not there yet. I don’t want to get too close and then it not happen so I don’t want to speak too soon! “In terms of the team, when you look at where we are, we are sitting third in the Premiership table so you want to play and be involved. “We are past Christmas now and we are going into the Six Nations so it is an opportunity for us to start picking up some wins to stay in the top half of the table. We are going to have some big-name players coming back over the next few weeks too so it is an exciting period for us.” The 32-year-old flyer admits Sale’s form in Europe has been somewhat disappointing, but says the chance for himself and others at the club to test themselves against Europe’s elite club is something that he relishes. “Some of the fans and some of the stadiums that you go to in this competition are some of the best in Europe. Just to experience that, as well as previously reaching semi-finals and finals of this tournament, does mean a lot to me. I’ve had some successes and I’ve had some bad losses, but it has paved the way for my career. “It is frustrating to be out, but it’s also pleasing that we’re so close in these games,” says Ashton. “Years have gone by where Sale have found a big margin between themselves and other teams, especially in the European Cup, so it just shows we’re going in the right direction. “We’re just so close to beating these teams and if we continue the way we are, we’ll eventually start winning these games.”

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As Ashton eluded to, the Sharks are expecting a number of their frontline stars to return to action shortly, including England World Cup star Mark Wilson, who is spending the season on loan with the club following Newcastle’s relegation into the Championship. Having linked up with his new team-mates for this season following England’s World Cup final loss to South Africa in November, the back-row forward then underwent knee surgery which has left him out of action until the end of this month. The 30-year-old has notched up 224 appearances for his parent club, winning Newcastle’s Player of the Season award in 2014, and he has also become a regular in Eddie Jones’ England squads since the 2017 summer tour to Argentina. Despite having been a core member of Newcastle’s team for the entirety of the last decade, Wilson’s journey in the sport began in the North-West. His first taste of senior rugby came at Kendal RUFC and his performances in the National Leagues earnt him a professional contract in Gosforth. “Funnily enough, where I’m from is actually closer to Sale than Newcastle,” Wilson said. “With all my family being from the North-West, I understand what it means to guys to play for this club, like your Will Cliff your Cam Neild, who are from around the region. “I knew quite a lot of lads from quite a way back. Like Will Cliff and Josh Beaumont, I know them quite well, so when it actually turned out that I knew a lot more of the lads than I thought I did and having played against Sale for years, I had a good gist about what the club was about.”

Wilson is now in good company at the AJ Bell as Diamond’s changing room is overrun with quality back-row players. In the summer alone, Dan and Jean-Luc Du Preez moved

to Manchester in order to bolster the position, joining the Curry twins, captain Jono Ross and Sam Moore in the highly competitive position group. Confined to training at

Carrington so far in his time with Sale, Wilson believes that the current squad of players is more than capable of pulling off something special this season. Currently placed fourth in the Gallagher

Premiership, Sharks will be hoping to, at the very least, secure a play-off spot later this year. “I think it’s really exciting,” Wilson said. “When I turned up a couple of months ago, I could sense a brood of excitement because, with what has happened to Saracens, a top four slot has opened up. “There is absolutely no reason why we cannot go and achieve something. There is an exciting bunch of players, guys that are playing really, really well who have either come in this season or in the last 12 months for Sale. It is really exciting to think what the next four or five months have got in store.”

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