Exeter Chiefs V Saints SF 25th May 19

Injury meant the 33-year-old forward could only watch on as the Chiefs surrendered their domestic crown to Saracens this time last year. However, this term he has returned to full fitness, providing a juggernaut force in the heart of the much talked about Exeter pack. His on-field displays have meant not only has he been an integral cog in the Chiefs wheel throughout the current campaign, but his efforts were duly rewarded with a new two- year contract by Baxter back in March. The Sydney-born powerhouse knew switching life Down Under for that of the Westcountry in 2016 would offer something different for him and his family – and the Chiefs way has certainly not disappointed. “Exeter has become home from home in a lot of ways,” he said. “Coming to Exeter has been an incredible experience. It’s what I thought it would be and more. To be part of such a fantastic club, a fantastic city and working with and meeting so many great people, it’s all I could have asked for. “When Rob offered me the opportunity to stay, it was hard to say no really. Yes, I miss friends and family back home in Australia, but the pros far outweigh the cons in terms of being at such a fantastic club. “I guess what I like about it so much is the genuine feel everyone has for the club and rugby in this part of the work. From the rugby staff to the players, the admin staff,

the supporters, everyone involved with the club has that positive attitude to rugby and working hard for one another. “In Sydney there’s a lot of other things going on, but rugby is life here. You can see there is a genuine love for the place, but that is a reflection of the work that has gone on over the years, long before I racked up here.”

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