Exeter Chiefs V Saracens 29th Dec 19

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WELCOME ....................................................... 3 DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT .................................... 5 CLUB NEWS .................................... 7, 8-9, 13, 15 CHIEFS MATCH REPORTS ................... 16-17, 20-21 FIXTURES, RESULTS & STATS ......................... 22-23 LET’S GET SOCIAL........................................ 26-27 COACHES & STAFF . ......................................... 30 TODAY’S MATCH SPONSOR................................32 TODAY’S MATCH-BALL PARTNER........................33 SALE SHARKS MATCH PLAYER OF THE DAY...........33 SALE SHARKS MATCH SPONSOR IMAGES.............35 BRAVES MATCH REPORTS ....................... 36-37, 88 PREMIERSHIP SHORTS................................. 38-39 TODAY’S TEAM LINE UP....................................41 2019/20 SQUAD ......................................... 42-46 OPPOSITION ............................................. 50-55 EXETER FOUNDATION.................................. 58-59 NIGEL WALROND ........................................... 61 HEAD 2 HEAD .................................................63 OUR SPONSORS ............................................. 65 FEATURED PLAYERS .................................... 66-71 GALLAGHER PREMIERSHIP CUP REVIEW......... 72-73 HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP REVIEW............. 74-77 CHIEFS TRIVIA.................................................81 JUNIOR CHIEFS .......................................... 84-85 COMMUNITY NEWS ................................... 86-87 TICKET INFORMATION......................................92

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Good afternoon to you all and welcome to Sandy Park for what is our final game of 2019. WELCOME

In what has been another eventful 12 months - both on and off the field - we look to the New Year with a genuine excitement about what we can really achieve as a club. Our performances recently across all competitions have given us a solid foundation for us to build, particularly in the Gallagher Premiership and in the Heineken Champions Cup, where we are currently flourishing at the top of our respective tables heading into this weekend of action. As we all know, nothing is ever decided in December and it’s what we do over the coming months that will ultimately decide how we judge this season and its overall success. As I mentioned, our on-field matters are clearly heading in the right direction, especially given our recent results over the likes of Wasps, Sale Sharks (twice) and, more recently, last weekend against Leicester Tigers. That success up at Welford Road was certainly a performance to savour – not just because it was a vital five league points, which put us to the top of the table – but it demonstrated the depth and the desire we have within this current squad to turn up and produce a performance. In what was a vociferous arena, the genuine heart and fighting qualities displayed by every one of our lads is something that cannot be coached. It comes from within and its harnessed by a togetherness that has been forged amongst a group of men, all of whom are determined to give everything for one another. TONY ROWE OBE, HON LLD, CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE EXETER RUGBY CLUB

Equally, our work off the field is just as impressive and was outlined in the submission of our yearly accounts, which underlined the commitment that we continue to put in on a daily basis. Once again, we have recorded another record trading year, increasing our turnover by 6% to that of over £21 million, as well as recording a more than healthy pre-tax profit compared to the previous year. To achieve results of this magnitude is a fantastic achievement by the whole team here at Sandy Park, and I personally take great pride in the fact that we have consolidated our position as England’s only profitable top-flight rugby club. As for the future, the outlook again looks extremely positive with work on the Sandy Park Hotel set to begin, as well as our plans to expand capacity inside the stadium for next season. Finally, may I take this opportunity on behalf of myself, my fellow directors and the staff here at Sandy Park to thank-

you all for your unwavering support throughout 2019, whilst at the same time wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT Good afternoon to you all and welcome back to Sandy Park for our last game of 2019. I hope you all had a great Christmas and that Santa brought you everything you wished for!

Hopefully, our results over the last couple of weeks added to your Christmas celebrations, because the team really came through a couple of challenging games to keep us well placed in both the Heineken Champions Cup and the Gallagher Premiership. With the Sale Sharks game, we had the second leg of a double-header, which is always a challenge when you have won the first game away from home. I say that because, it is so easy to think that the hard work has already been done. Time after time, that little inner voice that tells you everything will be alright is just whispering lies to you, and you have to be strong enough to decide to deal with things yourself and make things go your way. Just the day before we played Sale, Glasgow Warriors made that mistake when they lost at home to a much changed La Rochelle side, this after battling to a win the week before in France. It was a timely reminder to us that we had to perform. To the players great credit, they turned up and did the job on the day. We grew throughout the 80 minutes and eventually drove our way to a crucial bonus point win, which has established a great foundation for us in the competition going forward. Turning to last week, we knew we had to quickly put the Heineken Champions Cup behind us as we headed to Leicester Tigers on a short turn around. We made nine changes to the starting line-up and came under some real pressure from a Leicester team that looked like it was finding form after a disappointing start to their season. However, we stayed strong under that pressure, and never stopped working hard or trying to create opportunities. I really think it was the hard work and composure we showed in that first half that allowed us to accelerate through the second half and claim the bonus point win.

Again, I have to congratulate the players as they came together really well during the training week and the journey to Leicester. To a man, every one of them stepped up to perform. Some of the players coming back into the team had had relatively little game time due to injury or selection, yet their influence grew over the 80 minutes. That clearly demonstrated how hard they are working, both on and off the field, to drive themselves and the team forward. It has certainly added to the competition for places in the match-day 23, which will be a huge part of any success we might have in 2020. Finally, can I give you all my best for a successful and prosperous 2020, whilst at the same time welcome Mark McCall, his fellow coaches, players, officials and supporters of Saracens to Sandy Park. All the Best ! ROB BAXTER

DIRECTOR OF RUGBY EXETER RUGBY CLUB

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“I feel very privileged to have played this many times for the club,” he said. “There have been lots of players before me - with lots of appearances as well, so I know I am in good company and lucky to be listed alongside them. “Ever since I joined the club, it’s been a great journey and full of memories. Hopefully, there are a few more to come, but we’ve given ourselves a great chance in terms of Europe this season with the way we’ve started, and now we’ve just got to try and finish things off in the New Year.” Coming off the bench, Moon found himself in the right area to collect his 10th career try, only his second in Europe, and help pave the way for the Chiefs to complete a winning double against their Premiership rivals. “When we get into that red zone, it’s game on for whoever is there,” explained Moon. “Luckily, I just happened to be in the right place, at the right time, to get over the line. It’s capped what’s been a perfect day for me!”

Ben Moon insisted it was the ‘perfect day’ after he capped his 250th appearance for the Exeter Chiefs with a try in their Heineken Champions Cup victory at home to Sale Sharks. The long-serving prop burrowed over from close range during the second half of Exeter’s 35-10 win against the Sharks in Pool Two of this season’s competition. Exeter’s triumph - their fourth in as many games in Europe - ensured they extended their lead at the top of the Pool - and now need just a solitary point from one of their final two games to ensure they advance into the knock-out stages for only the second time in the club’s history. For Moon, it’s the latest accolade in what has been a fantastic career to date for the Tiverton-born prop, who first made his senior debut for the Devon club way back in 2008 in a National League One fixture against Sedgley Park. As modest as ever, the England international played down his achievements post-game, insisting he was looking to the future and helping the Chiefs to achieve further success.

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PLAYERS HELP DELIVER SOME CHRISTMAS CHEER

Ahead of what is going to be a busy festive period for the Exeter Chiefs, stars from the Gallagher Premiership club took time out to pay a special visit to the Bramble Children’s Unit at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.

Leading the way was club captain Jack Yeandle, who was joined on the day by team-mates Henry Slade, Matt Kvesic, Ben Moon, Elvis Taione, Tom O’Flaherty, Ollie Devoto, Sam Simmonds, Jack Maunder, Stan South, Tom Price, Don Armand, Jacques Vermeulen, Jannes Kirsten and Dave Ewers. Loaded up with sacks full of presents and other goodies, the players took on the role of Father Christmas for the very special day, getting to meet

with parents and youngsters who are potentially facing up to the prospect of remaining on the wards for Christmas and beyond. Spending time not only delivering presents, but also sitting down and chatting with the young children and their families, the Chiefs were delighted to help bring some early festive cheer to the Bramble Unit, as well as patients on Creedy Ward.

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Yeandle said: “You have mixed emotions coming here because it’s nice to put smiles on people’s faces and try and cheer the kids up, but some of the wards are really tough. That said, we always enjoy coming here and spending some time with the children, parents and the staff who do a fantastic job every day of the year. “For us as players and also as parents ourselves, it’s about giving something back to people who are suffering around Christmas time. We aim to cheer the kids up, give them a few presents and try and bring a smile to their day. It’s something that’s very important for all of us at the Chiefs.” As well as presents bought personally by the players, youngsters on the Bramble Unit were also presented with Junior Chiefs Supporters packs and Chiefs teddy bears, all of which had been purchased through the Exeter Chiefs Foundation - the club’s official charity.

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Rob Baxter insists he and his senior coaches are excited about what the future holds, after it was confirmed they have all agreed terms on new deals to stay at the Exeter Chiefs.

Director of Rugby Rob Baxter, together with head coach Ali Hepher, forwards coach Rob Hunter and skills coach Ricky Pellow, have all committed to stay with the Devon club until 2023. Since coming together, the quartet have helped mastermind the rise of the Chiefs, guiding them to Premiership Rugby glory in 2017, as well as three other appearances in the end of season showpiece at Twickenham. At the same time, they have helped to oversee further success for the Chiefs, including two Anglo-Welsh Cup successes and two Premiership A League titles. Former player and club captain Baxter took charge of the Chiefs ahead of the 2009/10 season - and immediately brought success to the club, working alongside both Hepher and Pellow, steering the club to success in the inaugural RFU Championship Play-Off Final. Since that memorial night at Bristol’s Memorial Stadium, the trio have been heavily involved in helping the Chiefs to forge themselves as a genuine force within the English game. Hunter, meanwhile, joined the club in 2013 following a highly successful stint as England Under-20s head coach, working with the likes of Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Sam Hill and Luke Cowan-Dickie.

Together the four coaches have not only raised standards amongst Exeter’s elite playing group, but they have forged a working partnership that has continued to thrive season upon season. It’s a formula that clearly works on all fronts and Baxter is over the moon that his team will be sticking together for the foreseeable future as the Chiefs target more glory both in the Premiership and further afield in Europe. “Personally, I’m absolutely delighted to have agreed a new three-year contract extension,” said Baxter. “However, I’m even more pleased that the other coaches have also agreed similar extensions. I think it’s a real indication of how happy we all are working alongside one another each day. “Together, we understand the ambitions of the club moving forward - and of how exciting this next period is going to be for the rugby club. I think as a group we all feel that everything we want to achieve can be achieved here over these next three years, so it’s exciting times for all of us and I’m looking forward to us building on the fantastic foundations we have laid as a collective group.”

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@EXETERCHIEFS CLUB NEWS ROWE HERALDS ‘FANTASTIC YEAR’ ON AND OFF THE PITCH AT SANDY PARK OFFICIAL EXETER CHIEFS @OFFICIALEXETERCHIEFS

Exeter Chiefs chairman and chief executive, Tony Rowe OBE, heralded another ‘fantastic’ year - on and off the field - after the Devon club consolidated its position as England’s only profitable top-flight rugby club.

record figure of 12,080, which compared to 11,538 during the 2017/18 campaign. Away from the on-field action, Mr Rowe outlined how Sandy Park continues to be a venue that people want to experience, not just for rugby. He continued: “ This December alone we have over 5,200 diners coming to celebrate Christmas with us, whilst numerous companies are making the most of our outstanding and ever-improving facilities on offer within the building. “As well as staging Chiefs fixtures, we’ve again put ourselves on the global map by staging two England Women’s fixtures, as well as an England Under-20s game. Again, this underlines that Sandy Park is a stadium fit for international rugby and one which can be showcased in all its glory around the world.”

In what has been another record-breaking trading year at Sandy Park, the release of the club’s annual accounts has underlined just how successful the past 12 months have proved. Not only have Exeter Rugby Group produced a pre-tax profit of almost £1.6m in the year to the end of June, up from £660,000 in the previous year, but turnover rose 6% to a record figure of £21.7m. At the same time, the club’s net assets also saw a sharp rise in value, from just over £2m in 2018 to almost £2.9m in the latest figures. Moving forward into 2020, work is set to begin shortly on the new multi-million pound, 250-bed Sandy Park hotel, whilst the ambitious club have also outlined plans to add 2,000 seats above its East Terrace next summer, giving the stadium an increased capacity of around 15,000. Mr Rowe said: “The figures produced are hugely encouraging and show that the club’s Board of Directors continue to run the club very much as a business. “Supporters, as ever, remain at the core of the club and we are proud to say that during the 2018/19 season, Sandy Park welcomed a record average number of spectators, with attendances and financial key performance indicators bolstered by a home semi-final in the Gallagher Premiership play-offs.” During the 2018/19 season, the Chiefs - who reached a fourth successive Premiership Final in June - saw their average match-day attendances rise to a new

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MATCH REPORT

21ST DECEMBER 2019

22 - 31 LEICESTER TIGERS

EXETER CHIEFS

TRIES Kirsten, Armand (2), J Hill

TRIES May (2), Taufua

CONVERSIONS Steenson (4)

CONVERSIONS Ford (2)

PENALTY Steenson

PENALTY Ford

LINE UP T Veainu; A Thompstone, M Tuilagi, N Reid (G Worth 73), J May; G Ford, B Youngs (B White 73); E Genge (F Gigena 73), T Youngs (capt, T Polota-Nau 62), D Cole (N Leatigaga 73); T Lavanini, W Spencer (H Wells 40); C Green, J Taufua (T Reffell 67), S Kalamafoni. Replacement (not used): T Hardwick

LINE UP S Hogg; O Woodburn, H Slade (capt, S Hill 33), O Devoto, I Whitten; G Steenson, J Maunder (S Townsend 62); B Moon (B Keast 42-50, 79), E Taione (K Cooper 62), H Williams (E Pieretto 79); J Kirsten (D Dennis 55), J Hill (S Lonsdale 68); D Armand, J Vermeulen, M Kvesic. Replacement (not used): T Hendrickson.

REFEREE L Pearce

ATTENDANCE 21,219

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AFTER HALF TIME WE ALIGNED OURSELVES A LITTLE BIT MORE LIKE AN EXETER CHIEFS TEAM AND WE LOOKED A MILLION DOLLARS.

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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

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10 15.00 H BRISTOL BEARS 16 16.15 A LA ROCHELLE 23 15.15 H GLASGOW WARRIORS 8 15.15 A SALE SHARKS 15 13.00 H SALE SHARKS 21 15.00 A LEICESTER TIGERS 29 15.00 H SARACENS 5 14.30 A LONDON IRISH 11 15.15 A GLASGOW WARRIORS 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 21 15.00 H LEICESTER TIGERS 29 15.00 A SALE SHARKS 3/4/5 TBC HCC QUARTER FINAL 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 30 15.00 H WASPS 18 17.30 H LA ROCHELLE 25 15.00 H SALE SHARKS

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JAMIE FULTON HEAD OF SPORTS MEDICINE ALASTAIR McFARLAND PHYSIOTHERAPIST STEVE HAW PHYSIOTHERAPIST CIAN WALSH PHYSIOTHERAPIST ROB LILLIS PHYSIOTHERAPIST ADAM WITTY-MERRIN PHYSIOTHERAPIST MIKE DEAN PHYSIOTHERAPIST

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PLAYER OF THE MONTH TOM O’FLAHERTY Tom O’Flaherty capped a fine

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November by not only picking up the Gallagher Premiership Player of the Month, but he was also the Michael Spiers Jewellers Exeter Chiefs Player of the Month as well. He’s seen here receiving his award from Corporate Account Manager, Kai Horstmann.

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SAM SIMMONDS PLAYER OF THE DAY

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Chiefs and England star Sam Simmonds picked up the Player of the Day prize from Jack Cooper and Oliver Thorne from match partners Cooper Associates for his try-scoring performance against Sale Sharks in the Heineken Champions Cup.

Exeter Chiefs’ first-team players Matt Kvesic and Greg Holmes present a signed short to Jack Cooper of Cooper Associates, who were our match partners for the Heineken Champions Cup encounter against Sale Sharks.

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MATCH REPORT

16TH DECEMBER 2019

52 - 10 EXETER BRAVES

BATH UNITED

TRIES Kvesic, Wyatt, Poole, Skinner (2), Short (2), Tuima

TRIES Doughty, Worboys

CONVERSIONS H Skinner (6) LINE UP

LINE UP G Worboys (J Ashby 76); L Davis, W Butt, M Ojomoh, M Bean (F Smith 62); A Davies (capt, F Smith 11-21), O Fox; W Vaughan (A Cordwell 50), T Doughty (K Ward 72), K Verden (S Nixon 33, A Griffin 72); W Britton, R Davies; J Davies, L Beer (T Jeans 48), N Merigan (H Hone 72).

T Wyatt; M Bodilly, T Hendrickson (B Karea 67), O Devoto (S Morley h/t), J Short; H Skinner, S Townsend (capt, P Thompson h/t); B Keast (D Southworth h/t), J Poole (K Cooper h/t), P Schickerling (E Pieretto h/t); S South, T Price; J Caulfield, S Lonsdale (W Witty h/t), M Kvesic (R Tuima h/t).

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ATTENDANCE 1,489

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PREMIERSHIP SHORTS

WALLER AGREES NEW DEAL AT SIXWAYS Worcester Warriors prop Ethan Waller has committed his immediate future with the Gallagher Premiership club after signing a two-year contract extension. Waller started his professional rugby career with Northampton Saints in 2012 and after loan stints with Coventry and Moseley, he headed to Sixways in 2017 and has racked up close to 100 Premiership appearances for both the clubs combined. The 27-year-old becomes the seventh player in recent times to commit their future to the Warriors after Ted Hill, Andrew Kitchener, Francois Venter, Nick Schonert, Sam Lewis and Anton Bresler.

EPCR TO INVESTIGATE AFTER CUP BRAWL The EPCR disciplinary committee has launched an investigation in the recent brawl that marred the Heineken Champions Cup clash between Saracens and Munster at Allianz Park last weekend. Saracens assistant coach Alex Sanderson alleged that Munster team doctor Dr Jamie Kearns made a derogatory comment about Jamie George which triggered the England international resulting in a brawl. The incident happened in the 50th minute of the game which Mark McCall’s men went on to win 15-6. EPCR in a statement said the matter is being investigated and the wordings of referee Pascal Gauzere and his assistants, along with the standings of both the clubs, will be taken into account before a decision is reached.

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HOWLEY BANNED FOR BETTING BREACHES Former Wales backs coach Rob Howley has been banned from rugby for 18 months, with nine suspended, for betting on matches, including Wales games. The suspension is backdated to his withdrawal from Wales’ World Cup campaign, on September 16, 2019. The panel who judged Howley found that from November 14, 2015 to September 7, 2019, he put “363 bets on rugby union, featuring 1,163 matches in total”.

WASPS STAR FACES MORE TIME ON SIDELINES Wasps and England forward Brad Shields has injured the foot that ruled him out of the Rugby World Cup again and faces another month out of the game. He adds to a growing injury list for Wasps Director of Rugby, Dai Young, who said: “It’s not quite as bad as before and probably four to six weeks rather than six to eight weeks. It is a massive blow because he is absolutely gutted. “Unfortunately, he is picking up these niggles and can’t get a run of games behind him.”

INJURY FORCES RIEDER TO CALL TIME ON CAREER Wasps back-row forward Alex Rieder has been forced to retire from professional rugby on medical grounds. The 28-year-old spent 19 months on the sidelines before returning with a try against Saracens in the Premiership Rugby Cup in September. However, Rieder is unable to continue playing and had an operation on his knee earlier this month. “I’m obviously gutted that I have to retire from playing the game I love,” he said. “It’s been a real rollercoaster with plenty of highs and lows over the past few years.”

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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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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

ALEC HEPBURN PROP 30.03.1993 1.85m 6ft 1in 111kg 17st 4lbs

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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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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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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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They often refer to themselves as the ‘Wolf Pack’ and right now Saracens are hunting down their rivals across the Gallagher Premiership as they look to preserve their top-flight status. Found guilty of breaching the league’s stringent rules around the salary cap, the defending champions were certainly dealt a hammer blow when an independent panel handed down a £5.3 million fine, together with a 35-point deduction. Initially, the Londoners contemplated reviewing that decision, but having sought advice from the highest levels, they opted to take their medicine and go about hauling in the competition. To date, it’s been a typical Saracens response, Mark McCall’s side winning five of their six Premiership games. Already, they have some of English rugby’s biggest names firmly in their sights. Leicester’s defeat at home to Exeter Chiefs last weekend, plus Harlequins downing Wasps at the Ricoh Arena, means that 35-point buffer has now come down to just 17 points.

“It’s been uniquely challenging,” said the Irishman. “I think all of the squad and all of the staff up at the training ground were incredibly shocked when the news filtered through. However, the thing that made us proud, at least in the short term, was how well everyone rallied. It shows the spirit that exists within this organisation.” Just days after being handed their punishment, Saracens were thrown into a red-hot cauldron at Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium. The notorious ‘Shed Heads’ didn’t need a second invitation to express their feelings. Saracens, though, are champions for a reason and they showed that afternoon – and since in the Premiership – that they won’t go down without a fight. “We understand there are lots of questions that need to be answered,”continued McCall. “Our job at the training ground, though, is to get on with the rugby. As strange as they may seem to people, our job is to get on with the rugby. My job, along with others, is to try and get the best out of this group and that is what we have to try and continue to do. “What we have always had here at the club is a real togetherness and support for one another. People are always looking out for each other and that showed that day at Gloucester. Lots of people not involved in the match-day squad travelled to Kingsholm to support their team-mates. For me, that’s important.”

Carry on like they are and it won’t be long before the Londoners are not only back in the black, but hot on the heels of those struggling at the wrong end of the table. As McCall stressed in a recent TV interview with BT Sport, it’s a ‘unique’ position he and his club find themselves in.

Outside of Allianz Park, there have been plenty who have been willing to offer their opinion on the matter, including here in the corridors of power at Sandy Park.

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For McCall, though, his primary task is to focus on his own group. “It’s hard to know how every individual is feeling,” he continued. “I am sure there is a range of emotions and different emotions on different days. The primary task for me, however, is to get as much unity into this group as I possibly can and sustain that unity over the course of the season. “There are a lot of good people within our organisation, and I can’t speak highly enough of the players and the staff. I know having that unity and that togetherness gives us a much greater chance.” What transpires over the remainder of the season will obviously be revealed over the coming weeks and months, but McCall is defiant when he insists much of what has been developed by Saracens is for the greater good of his club and, more importantly, those players who pull on the jersey. “I feel we run a good model for English rugby,” he said. “If you look at the squad, there is lots of homegrown talent which has been developed over a long period. We are a club who genuinely care for our players, not just when they are here, but when they leave. “People are obviously entitled to their opinions, of course they are. When they read and hear that the club have been found guilty, you can understand how they feel. However, things are never as black and white as you think. Not too many people know all the facts about the case and that will come out in due course.

“As I said, I think the club genuinely believe that they were doing the right things for the players. Two things I am proud of are one: the homegrown talent side of it, putting that front and centre of the development of the club; and secondly, the genuine care that exists for the players who are here - not just for the time they are here, but for what happens to them next. There are lots of examples of that which the club do brilliantly well.”

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SCOUTING REPORT

TRIES SCORED

1 ST HALF

7

8

2 ND HALF

9

8

16

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TRY SCORES FROM START POSSESSION

CHIEFS

SARACENS

22 M RESTART 50 M RESTART

0 0 0 1 8 1 2 2 0 0 2

0 0 1 3 8 2 0 2 0 0 0

FREE-KICK

KICK RETURN

LINE-OUT

TRY TIMINGS SCORED

SCRUM

CONCEEDED

TAP PENALTY TURNOVER WON

CHIEFS

SARACENS

CHIEFS

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4 4 2 6

2 5 5 4

4 3 0 3

1 4 2 1

22 M RESTART RETAINED 50 M RESTART RETAINED

LINE-OUT STEAL

TOP PERFORMERS

TOP TRY SCORERS

TOP POINTS SCORERS

Owen Farrell 30 points

Ben Earl 5 tries

Ben Earl | 25 points

Nick Tompkins | 4 tries

Ben Spencer | 20 points Nick Tompkins

Max Malins | 2 tries

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