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O F F I C I A L M A T C H - D A Y P R O G R A M M E CHIEFS E X E T E R C H I E F S V NO R T H AMP T ON S A I N T S SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY | 13:00

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WELCOME ....................................................... 3 DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT .................................... 5 CLUB NEWS .............................. 7, 8-9, 13, 15, 71 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 PREVIOUS HOME GAME IMAGES .......................33 PREMIERSHIP SHORTS................................. 36-37 TODAY’S TEAM LINE UP....................................39 2019/20 SQUAD ......................................... 40-44 OPPOSITION ............................................. 48-53 EXETER FOUNDATION.................................. 54-55 NIGEL WALROND ........................................... 57 HEAD 2 HEAD .................................................59 OUR SPONSORS ............................................. 61 FEATURED PLAYERS .................................... 62-65 GALLAGHER PREMIERSHIP CUP REVIEW......... 66-67 WOMENS MATCH REPORT ........................... 68-69 CHIEFS TRIVIA.................................................75 JUNIOR CHIEFS .......................................... 78-79 COMMUNITY NEWS ................................... 80-81 TICKET INFORMATION......................................84

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Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Sandy Park for today’s Gallagher Premiership fixture against Northampton Saints. WELCOME

TONY ROWE OBE, HON LLD, CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE EXETER RUGBY CLUB headed home with smiles on their faces. Talking of last weekend, it was not only the Exeter Chiefs men in action. On Sunday, our newly-formed women’s side had their first official fixture, travelling to the North East to face Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park. Today marks the halfway stage of the 2019/20 Premiership campaign, somewhat strange I know, considering we are now in late February, but this is normally the time in the season where clubs up and down the country start to crank up the gears and begin to accelerate through the second half of the season. After 10 rounds, I’m delighted to say we find ourselves in a strong position, not only top of the table in the Premiership, but also set for a crunch European Champions Cup quarter-final against today’s visitors Northampton in early April. So far, the season has thrown up plenty of thrills and spills, lots of excitement and, of course, it’s fair share of major headlines! That said, I believe there is still so much more to come between now and the end of the season, starting with this afternoon’s visit of the Saints, who are currently our closest rivals at the top end of the league table. In what should be the first of several key meetings between the two clubs in the coming weeks and months, I know our lads will go into today’s game with plenty of confidence, particularly given their performance away to Gloucester last Friday. Not only did we deal with everything that Gloucester had to throw at us on the night, but the way in which we played in the face of Storm Dennis was simply outstanding. Not only did that win allow us to stretch our lead at the top to four points, but it meant the great number of our fans who made the trip up to Kingsholm

Well, it turned out to be a brilliant first fixture with our women winning the game 27-10! Since announcing back in September that we intend to launch a new team with the aim of playing in the Tyrrell’s Premiership next season, a great deal of behind-the- scenes work has been going on here at the club to help with our application. Our coaches Susie Appleby and Amy Garnett, together with other staff here at the club, have been working their socks off to get in place our application which, we all hope, will come to fruition early in April. Getting all our ducks to line up in a row is certainly paramount to a successful submission, but so too is the work of creating a competitive team. Our victory up in Newcastle clearly demonstrates the efforts that have already been made, but this is very much only the start of the journey for us all. The next steps will come thick and fast, including the next game for the women’s side, which will take place here at Sandy Park on Saturday, March 7 (10:45am). In what will be a fantastic curtain-raiser ahead of our game with Bath, I urge as

many of you as possible to come along and support Susie and her new team.

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DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT Good afternoon to you all and welcome back to Sandy Park for today’s Gallagher Premiership game against Northampton Saints.

At the time of writing these notes, it looks like Storm Dennis should have abated so hopefully the wind won’t be too big of an issue, although I’d imagine there will still be some rain about! It is a big weekend of rugby, so I would like to take this chance to wish Stuart Hogg, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Ollie Devoto all the best for their games in the Guinness Six Nations. The weather was a main talking point last week in the sporting calendar, particularly with so many fixtures postponed, and also because everyone’s teams had to adapt to the various conditions that were changing, not only by the day, but often by the hour. By playing on Friday night at Gloucester, I think we avoided the worst of the wind. However, we did have pretty constant rain so it was always going to be difficult to build long, multi-phase passages of play. That said, this doesn’t always mean that there are less points-scoring opportunities, it just means they have to be constructed, and taken, in different ways. I thought the team adapted to this really well and directed their energy into the key areas of defence, discipline, set-piece and kick chase. This meant we not only had a resilience to weather Gloucester’s time in possession, but also limit their scoring opportunities with our good discipline. In contrast to this, our field position led to opportunities which we took really well. Firstly, a good forward-based driving try, followed by a series of penalty goals, allowed us to create space on the scoreboard. Then, we created a really high-quality counter-attacking try when the opposition kick chase faltered later in the game. By this stage, we had pretty much taken control of the game, so it was a little disappointing to see some poor discipline allow Gloucester to exit their half easily and build the chances to score some points.

That said, to head to Gloucester on a Friday night and come away with an 11-point winning margin, especially considering their home record, shows our performance was of a high level and certainly showed that our players had used their break time well – and that they had returned both energised and determined to push on even harder. Looking ahead, that is what the season is about now. We must be willing to move forward week- by-week, hunting the next big performance and enjoying showing the best of ourselves. Finally, can I take this opportunity to welcome Chris Boyd, his fellow coaches, players, officials and supporters of Northampton Saints to Sandy Park this afternoon. All the Best ! ROB BAXTER

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Annie Vernon’s highly impressive sporting knowledge couldn’t quite save the day for Nic White’s team in the annual Question of Sport night held at Sandy Park. The former Olympic rower reeled off a string of answers in a dramatic final round, but alas it was all in vain as together with Chiefs scrum-half White and Exeter City footballer Pierce Sweeney, they narrowly missed out on glory. Instead, it was newly-appointed Exeter Chiefs Women’s Head Coach, Susie Appleby, who took the crown 46-44 alongside her fellow team-mates, Jack Brooks (Somerset Cricket Club) and Jake Taylor (Exeter City). With the night largely based on many of the rounds associated with the hit BBC One show, plus a few others devised by the team here at Sandy Park, the fun-filled evening of sporting trivia was superbly-hosted by former Westcounty TV Head of Sport, Mark Tyler. Appleby’s side led from start to finish, but it was Vernon who ensured Team One stayed in contention, particularly securing maximum reward on two occasions in the ‘Say My Name’ round. Already plans are in place for the event to return in 2021, so keep your eyes peeled to both the Chiefs and Sandy Park websites for future information.

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CLUB NEWS PIERETTO TO LEAVE CHIEFS AT END OF THE SEASON @EXETERCHIEFS OFFICIAL EXETER CHIEFS @OFFICIALEXETERCHIEFS

Exeter Chiefs prop Enrique Pieretto is to leave the Gallagher Premiership club at the end of the season, having signed for Guinness Pro14 outfit, Glasgow Warriors. The 25-year-old Argentinian international has signed a two-year contract, subject to visa and medical. The tight-head joined the Devon club in November, having played for the Barbarians against Fiji at Twickenham in November

Pieretto said: “I am very grateful for the opportunity the Chiefs have given me this season. To come to a top club like Exeter is not only an honour, but it has helped to improve my game so much. Obviously, we still have a lot of the season to go, and I will be doing all I can to ensure that my time with the Chiefs finishes on a high note. “At the same time, Glasgow Warriors is a great club with great players. I spoke to Danny Wilson and he told me his plans for the future. I’m excited about his vision and I’m looking forward to playing for him and the other coaches.”

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CHIEFS TRIO NAMED IN ENGLAND UNDER-18s TRAINING SQUAD

Forwards Ben Grubb, Joe Elsworth and Ethan Pearce-Cowley will all be looking to impress during the camp, which will be used to break down a squad for two standalone fixtures against Scotland at Hawick RFC (Sunday, March, 2pm) and France in Bourges (Sunday, March 22, 4pm), before April’s U18 Six Nations Festival in France. The squad are led by new head coach Pendlebury, who is assisted by Darlington Mowden Park coach Mark Luffman (forwards) and Harlequins academy coach Mark Mapletoft (backs) for the season. In addition to the main squad, six players – including Exeter’s Harry Hocking – will be invited into camp as part of the wider squad as a way to support their future development. Three youngsters from the Exeter Chiefs Academy have been named by England Under-18s head coach Jonathan Pendlebury in a 46-player squad for this week’s development camp at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre.

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BAXTER PLEASED WITH LOOK OF PRE-SEASON FIXTURE LIST

reasons our pre-seasons in recent years have become a lot shorter. That in turn has meant we’ve had to look at ways of ensuring that not only do we get the correct amount of conditioning time into the guys, but also the right amount of game time to ensure we are competitive from minute one. “That has meant for us to get that balance right, we’ve tended to double up one of the weekends to ensure that pretty much the whole squad get game minutes into them. As I said, it’s three very good fixtures for us and games I know that will help us get up to speed for those opening weeks of the new season.” Season Ticket holders for the 2020/21 season will be able to watch both the Dragons and Munster fixtures as part of their seasonal package.

Rob Baxter says his Exeter Chiefs squad could not ask for a better line-up to tackle, following confirmation of the club’s pre-season fixtures ahead of the 2020/21 campaign. As has become the norm for the Chiefs in recent years, the Gallagher Premiership club will spread three competitive fixtures across two weeks in the early weeks of September. The Chiefs will kick-off their pre-season programme against Guinness Pro14 visitors, Dragons, on Saturday, September 5 (3pm). The following week will see Baxter’s side travel down the A30 to face Championship outfit, Cornish Pirates, at the Mennaye Field on Friday, September 11 (7pm) - quickly followed a day later with the visit of Munster to Sandy Park on Saturday, September 12 (3pm). “I’m really pleased with the pre-season programme we’ve been able to put together,” said the Chiefs’ Director of Rugby. “For all the right

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HIDALGO-CLYNE SEALS SWITCH TO THE CHIEFS Rob Baxter is set to replace one international name with another ahead of the 2020/21 season.

With Nic White’s departure back to Australia already confirmed, the Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby has wasted little time in filling the void left by the gifted scrum-half. Heading to Sandy Park will be Scottish international Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, who will join the Gallagher Premiership club on a two-year deal from French Top14 side, Lyon.

The 26-year-old half-back is Baxter’s second new signing, alongside that of fellow Scottish star Jonny Gray, and will help further bolster Exeter’s options in the number nine jersey. Born in Spain, Hidalgo-Clyne moved to Scotland at the age of three and was quickly introduced to rugby at an early age. His talents were clear to see from the outset and having spent the 2011/12 season featuring for Scotland 7s, it was at Edinburgh Rugby were his career really began to take off. He would spend seven successful years in the Scottish capital, before he opted for a switch to fellow Pro14 rivals, the Scarlets in 2018. His time in Wales proved short and sweet and since then he has featured for Harlequins (on loan), Racing 92 and, more recently, Lyon. But, according to the man himself, his move to Devon has come at the ‘perfect time’ and he says the opportunity to join the Chiefs was one that he was not going to turn down. “I’m very excited by the move,” said Hidalgo-Clyne, who has won 12 Test caps and featured at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. “Like a lot of people, I’ve watched how the Chiefs have done and how successful the club have become over the last few years. They are one of the great teams, not just in England, but across Europe, and it will be great to be part of their set-up. “Even looking in from the outside, you can see Rob has created a fantastic environment for the players. They play a great brand of rugby, everyone appears to enjoy themselves and they are a team who clearly want to win things. As a player, there are a lot of things that would draw you to them. As I said, it’s a great move for me and my family and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

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MATCH REPORT

2ND FEBRUARY 2020

22 - 49 EXETER CHIEFS

HARLEQUINS

TRIES Dombrandt (2), Ibitoye (2), Young, R Chisholm, Smith

TRIES S Skinner, Short, Price (2)

CONVERSIONS Smith (4)

CONVERSION H Skinner

PENALTIES Smith (2)

LINE UP P Dollman; M Bodilly, T Wyatt,

LINE UP A Morris (S Kunatani 44); C Murley (R Chisholm 3), T Penny (B Herron 18), P Lasike, G Ibitoye; M Smith, D Care (M Landajo 65); S Garcia Botta (M Lambert 48), J Musk (S Riley 73), W Collier (S Kerrod 48); G Young, M Symons (T Cavubati 65); J Chisholm (caps), W Evans, A Dombrandt.

T Hendrickson. J Short; H Skinner, S Townsend (J Maunder 54); B Keast (D Southworth 65), J Poole (K Cooper 54), M Street (P Schickerling 51); W Witty (S South 62), T Price; S Lonsdale (J Caulfield 62), D Armand, S Skinner (capt).

REFEREE A Woodthorpe

ATTENDANCE 9,418

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THE BIG THING MOVING FORWARD IS THAT WE TAKE THE LEARNS FROM TODAY AND USE THEM, NOT JUST NEXT WEEK, BUT THE WEEK AFTER AND THE WEEK AFTER THAT.

RICKY PELLOW

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MATCH REPORT

14TH FEBRUARY 2020

15 - 26 EXETER CHIEFS

GLOUCESTER RUGBY

TRIES Vermeulen, Hogg

TRIES Polledri, Rees-Zammit

CONVERSION Steenson (2)

CONVERSION Twelvetrees

PENALTY Twelvetrees

PENALTIES Steenson (4)

LINE UP M Banahan; L Rees-Zammit, C Harris (M Atkinson), B Twelvetrees, T Marshall; D Cipriani, J Simpson; V Rapava-Ruskin (J Hohneck), F Marais (T Gleave 61), F Balmain; G Grobler (E Slater 61), F Mostert (capt); R Ackermann (F Clarke 61), L Ludlow (J Polledri 61), B Morgan.

LINE UP S Hogg; T O’Flaherty, I Whitten, S Hill (P Dollman 66), O Woodburn; G Steenson (capt), N White (J Maunder 77); B Moon, E Taione (J Poole 77), H Williams; J Kirsten, J Hill (S Skinner 48; D Ewers (M Kvesic 66), J Vermeulen, S Simmonds. Replacements: (not used), B Keast, E Pieretto 77, H Skinner.

REFEREE C Maxwell-Keys

ATTENDANCE 14,860

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THAT WAS A GAME FOR HARD WORK, TOUGHNESS AND A WILLINGNESS TO JUST GET OUT THERE AND FIGHT, I THOUGHT WE DID THAT IN SPADES TONIGHT.

ROB BAXTER

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2019/20 FIXTURES, RESULTS & STATS

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OPPONENTS (KO)

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 L 19-22 11,965

21 15.00 H BATH RUGBY 27 19.45 A LEICESTER TIGERS

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4 19.45 A WORCESTER WARRIORS W 19 - 34 6,743

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3 15.00 A WORCESTER WARRIORS W 20 - 24 8,598

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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 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 4 15.15 H NORTHAMPTON SAINTS 11 15.00 A BRISTOL BEARS 18 15.00 H WORCESTER WARRIORS 25 15.00 A NORTHAMPTON SAINTS 1/2/3 TBC HCC SEMI-FINAL 10 15.00 H GLOUCESTER RUGBY 16 15.00 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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2 13.00 H SEMI-FINAL HARLEQUINS L 22-49 9,418

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CHAMPIONSHIP CLUBS HIT OUT AT RFU CUTS Championship clubs have told the Rugby Football Union it has signed the league’s “death warrant” and made redundancies inevitable due to drastic cuts. The RFU will pay only £288,000 per club, down from £530,000, under the new terms for next season with Premiership Rugby also cutting its financial contribution to the league by half to £850,000 for 2021/22. Chief executive Bill Sweeney explained the decision was based on a poor return of investment, “objectives and deliverables” not being met and the belief that the Championship is not the “primary place where Premiership and England players are discovered and developed”.

YOUNG STEPS DOWN FROM ROLE AT WASPS Dai Young has left Wasps after nine years as director of rugby. It was announced last week that the 52-year-old would be “stepping back” from first-team duties, but his departure from the club has now been confirmed. Young said he was “proud” of his record, but that it was “the right time for both the club and myself” to leave. “It will be tough to leave a club and group of people that has meant so much to me over the past decade,” added Young. “It has been a fantastic experience for myself and my family.” Lee Blackett, 37, has been named as interim head coach having worked under Young as attack and backs coach.

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HARLEQUINS BRING IN SOUTH AFRICAN PROP South African and Stormers tight-head prop Wilco Louw has agreed to join Harlequins as a natural replacement for Kyle Sinckler. It was announced last month that Sinckler would be leaving the Stoop after nine years to join Bristol Bears next season. Capped 13 times by the Springboks, the 20st prop is the latest player to join Harlequins from South Africa. Centre Andre Esterhuizen will follow a stint in Japan with a move to the Premiership, and Pieter-Steph du Toit is also on the radar of the Londoners.

WEBBER CALLS TIME ON HIS CAREER Sale Sharks and former England hooker Rob Webber has announced he will retire at the end of the season, bringing to an end a 16-year career. The 33-year-old has represented Leeds Tykes, Wasps, Bath and Sale Sharks and following 2019/20 will pursue other opportunities within rugby.

Webber said: “It has been an incredible journey over the last 16 years. The memories I have made will stay with me always, but I now feel it is time for me to hang up my playing boots.”

LAST SEASON FOR ROBSHAW AT THE STOOP Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw has confirmed he will leave the Premiership club at the end of the season. The 33-year-old flanker has made over 280 appearances for Harlequins since making his professional debut in 2007 and was part of the side that won the Premiership title in 2012. The former England captain has suggested he will continue his career away from Harlequins after 16 years at the Twickenham Stoop.

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TODAY’S TEAM LINE UP

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REFEREE JACK MAKEPEACE TOUCH JUDGES TOM FOLEY & JONATHAN HEALY 4TH OFFICIAL NICK MARSHALL TK ANDREW PEARCE TMO KEITH LEWIS

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HARRY MALLINDER

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11

13

TAQELE NAIYARAVORO

TOM COLLINS

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MATT PROCTER

10

RORY HUTCHINSON

9

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JAMES GRAYSON

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7

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TEIMANA HARRISON (CO-CAPT)

TOM WOOD

MITCH EADIE

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ALEX COLES

MIKE HAYWOOD

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3

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ALEX WALLER (CO-CAPT)

OWEN FRANKS

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HARRY WILLIAMS

ELVIS TAIONE

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JANNES KIRSTEN

JONNY HILL

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7

8

DAVE EWERS

JACQUES VERMEULEN

SAM SIMMONDS

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NIC WHITE

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12

JOE SIMMONDS (CAPT)

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TOM HENDRICKSON

11

14

IAN WHITTEN

OLLY WOODBURN

TOM O’FLAHERTY

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PHIL DOLLMAN

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2019/20 SQUAD

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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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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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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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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

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DIRECTOR OF RUGBY Chris Boyd

Born July 21, 1958 in Wellington, New Zealand. Started his coaching career with Tawa Rugby Club, before enjoying spells with the Wellington Lions, the Sharks and the Tonga International team. In 2011, he was appointed coach of Wellington, where he spent three years, combining the role with that of working with the New Zealand Under-20s side. It was at the Hurricanes, however, he really made his name, securing the Super Rugby title in 2016 having finished runners-up the year previous. He joined the Saints at the start of last season, guiding them to the Premiership Rugby Cup in March with victory over Saracens.

CO-CAPTAIN Teimana Harrison

Born in Opotiki, New Zealand on September 5, 1992. Spotted by former Saints and England captain Dylan Hartley playing for Rotorua Boys High School, Harrison moved to England in 2011 to join the Northampton. He made his Saints senior debut in 2012 against Wasps and has since gone on to amass 150 appearances for the club, scoring 115 points. The 2015/16 season saw him pick up a clutch of awards at the club, including Players’ Player, Supporters Player and Breakthrough Player of the Year. In May 2016, he made the first of his five Test caps against Wales and was part of England’s tour side which won in Australia for the first time.

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Northampton Saints co-captain Alex Waller admitted there would be some ‘honest conversations’ held in the wake of last weekend’s 20-14 loss at home to Bristol Bears. In what was a second successive home defeat for Chris Boyd’s side in the Gallagher Premiership, the Saints surrendered a 14-0 lead during a disappointing second half display. Now, according to long-serving prop Waller, the Saints need to regroup quickly ahead of this afternoon’s top-of-the-table showdown with league leaders Exeter Chiefs here at Sandy Park. “It (the defeat to Bristol) was pretty disappointing on the whole,” said Waller. “We threw away a 14-point lead so there are some honest conversations coming this week. That said, credit to Bristol - they’re a really dangerous side. We spoke about that and there was a two-minute block where they scored two tries and our backs were against the wall. “It was very frustrating and there’s plenty to work on. We’re going to have some honest conversations this week and then it’s into Exeter. We’re not hiding away from it – it wasn’t good enough.” Waller’s tough-talking words were echoed by Director of Rugby Boyd, who was again left to rue missed opportunities by his side.

“At 14-0 I thought things were looking pretty good, but we dropped off a couple of tackles that cost us points and they got their nose in front,” said the New Zealander. “We were unable to peg it back in the end. “We controlled the game for long periods of tim but they scored more points than us so it’s very disappointing to surrender that lead here at the Gardens and lose our second game in a row. There’s work to do.” Much of that work will have been put into this week’s preparation for today’s trip to Devon, the first of two scheduled trips Northampton will have to make in the coming months. Boyd’s side are due to face the Chiefs again in early April, this time in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup, and the visitors will be looking to strike an early blow against Rob Baxter’s side, who themselves have surprisingly come unstuck twice on home soil in the Premiership this season against Bristol Bears and, more recently, Sale Sharks. “We’ll have to look at this game again, but it’s probably individual errors,” added Boyd. “Maybe we started running out of puff and the guys we brought on didn’t bring the energy we needed. At 14-0 at home with 30 minutes to go, we should have been able to close that game out.” Certainly, Waller believes that should have been the case in both of Northampton’s past two games, the other seeing them lose 20-16 to London Irish before the mid-season break

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“I don’t think we’ve lost our spark,” said Waller. “We created a lot of opportunities but a couple of times we’ve made some fundamental skill errors. “We’re still working pretty well and looking pretty sharp at times, but it wasn’t good enough as a whole - there were too many errors. “Our knowledge is good but our execution is poor at times so it’s definitely something we’ll have to look at this week.” Ahead of today’s game, the Saints have been thrown into a second-row crisis with Alex Moon the latest absentee from their engine room. The imposing lock was forced off with a knee ligament injury during last weekend’s game against the Bears. His absence, alongside the loss of Courtney Lawes (international duty), David Ribbans (injured) and Api Ratuniyarawa (suspended) means the Northampton cupboard looks somewhat bare. Boyd said: “Alex Moon has got and MCL (medial collateral ligament) injury and he’s (out for) weeks. We’ve lost Ribbans, Moon, Api to suspension for another three games and we’ll have to call for some reinforcements. We’ve got nothing left. “We’ll have to find somebody because we physically haven’t got anyone. We’ll go back into the market for an injury replacement, whether it be from a Championship club (or somewhere else). We do need some reinforcements in that space.” Whether or not Boyd finds fresh stock ahead of today’s clash remains to be seen, but one man who

is sure to feature is South African Word Cup winner Cobus Reinach, who is looking to finish his final season at Franklin’s Gardens on a high note. Reinach has been one of the stand-out stars of the Premiership in recent times and his threat – all over the park – will have been clearly earmarked by the Chiefs in their pre-game planning this week. “I’m not really thinking of the future because there’s rugby to be played and trophies to be won,” said Reinach. “My focus is on giving my all for this team.” Like Waller, the Springboks star has been frustrated with recent displays, adding: “The turning point against London Irish was us not pitching up for the game. It wasn’t acceptable. There’s still a lot of rugby to play this season and sometimes it’s good to get a setback like that just to regather

yourself, reset and go again. We just needed to show up as a team better. “We’re playing in a league that every team you play against, you can beat them or you can lose. It’s not a league where you can expect to win certain games. What the last two games have shown is that if you’re not 100 per cent, teams can turn you over.”

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