Exeter Chiefs V La Rochelle - 18th Jan 20

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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 L A R O C H E L L E SATURDAY 18 TH JANUARY | 17:30

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EPCR CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME..............................3 TONY ROWE’S WELCOME .................................. 5 DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT .................................... 7 CLUB NEWS ........................... 9, 10-11, 13, 15, 28 MATCH REPORTS .................... 16-17, 18-19, 22-23 FIXTURES, STATS & RESULTS ......................... 20-21 LET’S GET SOCIAL........................................ 26-27 COACHES & STAFF . ......................................... 30 TODAY’S PARTNER . .........................................33 PREVIOUS PLAYER OF THE DAY..........................37 PREVIOUS HOME GAME IMAGES........................37 RUGBY SHORTS........................................... 38-39 TODAY’S TEAMS...............................................41 2019/20 SQUAD. ........................................ 42-46 OPPOSITION.............................................. 48-53 EXETER FOUNDATION.................................. 56-57 NIGEL WALROND ........................................... 59 HEAD 2 HEAD .................................................61 OUR SPONSORS ............................................ 63 FEATURED PLAYER ...................................... 64-67 CHAMPIONS CUP ROUND 5 REVIEW.............. 70-73 GALLAGHER PREMIERSHIP ROUND 8 REVIEW.... 76-77 CHIEFS TRIVIA ................................................79 JUNIOR CHIEFS .......................................... 80-81 COMMUNITY NEWS ................................... 82-83 TICKET INFORMATION......................................84

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2019 will take some beating for entertaining rugby and developments both on and off the field but as I have the pleasure of welcoming you to the first tranche of Heineken Champions Cup action in the New Year, I can already say that the continental scene promises much in 2020. WELCOME

Firstly, I would like to congratulate four-time winners Leinster Rugby on becoming the first club to confirm their presence in the quarter-finals – delivering in 2019 even before Santa - and their impressive record of four victories from as many rounds at the start of the Pool Stage is matched by joint record title-holders Toulouse, as well as Ulster Rugby and Exeter Chiefs. Eighteen of the twenty participating clubs have registered Heineken Champions Cup victories before even entering the January rounds, underlining the competitive nature of the tournament. Furthermore, that success is diverse with pool supremacy after four weekends being shared between clubs from the Top 14, Guinness PRO14 (leading two sections each) and the Gallagher Premiership (heading one pool).

In 2019, the popularity, reach and engagement of European club rugby tournaments was undeniable. More than 1.5million spectators packed into the stadiums to witness matches in the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup, with matches broadcast in 150 countries and a significant increase in free-to-air visibility in the United Kingdom, Ireland and France as well as exposure on network television in the USA for Saracens’ final win over Leinster Rugby in Newcastle. Ticket sales to date for Finals Weekend this season in Marseille shows that the ‘destination’ finals concept is going from strength-to-strength and the sales period for the 2020/2021 showpiece at the state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will open later this year. We extend our best wishes for this new rugby year to our partners, who support us considerably as we forge the Road to Marseille. We thank title partners Heineken, Official Partner Tissot and Official Supporters Financial Times, Gilbert and Kappa as well as BT Sport, who take the tournament to homes across the United Kingdom and Ireland along with Channel 4 and Virgin Media. Whoever you support, we hope that you enjoy the defining January rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup. Yours in rugby, SIMON HALLIDAY  EPCR CHAIRMAN

WELCOME Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Sandy Park for our first home game of 2020 against today’s visitors, La Rochelle.

As we enter into a new decade, I think it’s only right that we reflect a little on the past ten years which, as you will all no doubt testify to, have been a fantastic period in the history of our great club. From winning promotion out of the Championship and into the Premiership – to establishing ourselves within the top- flight and going on to lift major silverware – it’s been quite a journey so far! That said, we are far from finished in our objectives and as we enter into this New Year, we have positioned ourselves perfectly on all fronts to really go after the remainder of the season. Last weekend’s hard-fought draw up in Glasgow ensured we have qualified for the last eight of the Heineken Champions Cup for only the second time, but a victory this afternoon would also guarantee that we have home advantage. This would be just reward for what has been an outstanding European campaign to date – and underlines the strides Rob and his team have made in trying to take the club onto that next level, particularly against the very best club sides in Europe. La Rochelle, however, will be tough opponents and although they arrive here in Devon with nothing to lose and everything to gain, it’s vitally important that our lads finish the pool stages off on a winning note. Since our last home game here, you will no doubt have seen that the club has donated our £350,000 share of the £5.3m fine handed out to Saracens for breaching salary cap regulations to the club’s official charity, the Exeter Chiefs Foundation.

As I said in our club statement, given where the money had come from, the fact it was not budgeted for, plus looking at our own future forecasts, the board unanimously decided the best course of action would be to donate the sum to the Foundation’s Funds. That figure has helped to put us to within sight now of two million pounds raised and I know it will be used by various charities and organisations to make a real difference to so many worthwhile causes in and around Exeter and Devon as a whole. Finally, Friday saw us officially start the Sandy Park Hotel development with a special turf cutting ceremony. What has been a long time in planning, I can now say, is at last up and running. Once completed, the new hotel will not only be a fantastic facility for the City of Exeter, but it will help be another significant addition to our business, which I’m delighted to say continues to thrive. Regards,

TONY ROWE OBE, HON LLD, CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE EXETER RUGBY CLUB

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SATURDAY 18TH JANUARY | 5.30PM

Good afternoon everyone and can I extend a warm welcome to you all for what is our final Pool Two fixture in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup against today’s visitors La Rochelle. DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT

Although it may be our final pool game, it is certainly not our final game in the competition as our three points in Glasgow last weekend confirmed us as pool winners – and therefore qualification into the quarter-finals. Our job, however, is far from finished and now have the opportunity to earn home advantage in the last eight, so this afternoon’s game holds huge importance to us moving forward. Once again can I thank you, our supporters, for the fantastic backing you have been giving the team. The atmosphere here three weeks ago when we played Saracens was amazing and created an incredible arena for a such a full-blooded game. Once again, it felt like our crowd and the team were feeding off each other, and delivered both a notable performance and victory. Since that game, the last two weeks have seen us on the road with trips to London Irish and, more recently, Glasgow Warriors. Once again, the players have truly delivered, and we have been well supported by large and vocal travelling numbers. Looking at the London Irish game, it really was a potential banana skin waiting to happen, particularly given the huge emotional effort we had to put in against Saracens. That said, the players spoke all week about the importance of being prepared to pour huge energy into the game. They then backed this up by delivering that energy and thoroughly deserved the bonus point win. Onto last week and our return to the Champions Cup, where again the players delivered a performance full of character against what was a full-on Glasgow team. We headed to Scotland on the back of a short training week – and our plans weren’t exactly helped with some injury and illness issues in the camp, which were still affecting us until the morning of the game.

We then had a disrupted pre-match trip to the ground, getting re-routed rounds the back streets of Glasgow, after which we then conceded two pretty soft, early tries as we found our feet. However, this team has some outstanding qualities and maintained their composure while fighting and playing their way back into the game. In the end, we had an opportunity to win the game, but three points away from home in any round is a good result – so we flew home pretty happy, knowing we had kept our destiny in our own hands. And for me, that is really what today is about. We can decide to claim a home quarter-final by our own efforts. Let’s make Sandy Park that incredible arena again and drive ourselves onwards and upwards in this competition. Finally, can I take this opportunity to welcome Jono Gibbes and Ronan O’Gara, together with their fellow coaches, players, staff, officials and supporters of La Rochelle to the Westcountry. All the best! ROB BAXTER

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CLUB NEWS

@EXETERCHIEFS @OFFICIALEXETERCHIEFS OFFICIAL EXETER CHIEFS GRAY ‘EXCITED’ AS HE SEALS MOVE TO THE CHIEFS

“I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Gray, who has 55 Scottish caps to his name. “I see the move not only as a chance to experience something new, but at the same time it’s a chance for me to develop myself, not only as a player, but as a person. “Obviously, I’ve come up against the Chiefs in the past and I know just how tough a side they are and what the set-up is like down in Exeter. You can see how well they have done in recent years and at this stage in my career, I just feel it’s a great opportunity for me. “I know I still have a lot to learn as a player, so hopefully the change of club will allow me to add new things to my game.”

Jonny Gray says he’s “excited” at the challenge that lies ahead after he sealed a move to Gallagher Premiership outfit Exeter Chiefs. The 25-year-old will head to Sandy Park at the start of next season on a two-year deal, bringing to a close a hugely successful spell with Glasgow Warriors. The Scotland lock is Rob Baxter’s first confirmed new arrival ahead of the 2020/21 season – and comes just 12 months after international team-mate Stuart Hogg agreed a similar switch from Scotstoun. Like Hogg before him, Gray says the opportunity to test himself in a new environment was a telling factor in his decision to make the move south to the current Premiership leaders.

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CLUB NEWS FOUNDATION BENEFITS TO THE TUNE OF £350,000 @EXETERCHIEFS @OFFICIALEXETERCHIEFS OFFICIAL EXETER CHIEFS

The Exeter Chiefs Foundation, the club’s official charity, is set to benefit to the tune of £350,000. The six-figure sum has been donated to the Foundation by the club’s board of directors, who voted unanimously to hand over the share of money provided to the other 12 Gallagher Premiership clubs, including the Chiefs, following the fine imposed on Saracens after being found guilty of breaching the league’s stringent salary cap regulations. In November, Saracens were docked 35 league points and fined £5.3m by an independent review panel after they “failed to disclose payments to players in each of the seasons 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19” and “exceeded the ceiling for payments to senior players in each of the three seasons”.

Tony Rowe OBE, chairman and chief executive of Exeter Rugby Club, said: “Following the unexpected sum of £350,000 being awarded to the club, the Board of Directors have decided unanimously that this money will be going straight to the club’s charity, the Exeter Chiefs Foundation. “As this sum was not budgeted for, and looking at our own future forecasts, we feel we do not need to absorb this sum of money into the Rugby Club. “Given where it has come from, the board felt it should go straight into the Foundation’s Funds, which will benefit hugely and use the money to help a great deal of charities and organisations within our local community.” The £350,000 award to the Foundation will take the charity’s official fundraising total to almost

£2m and will be allocated to a wide range of charities and organisations who apply for project grants.

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SATURDAY 18TH JANUARY | 5.30PM

YOUNG CHIEFS SLIP TO DEFEAT AT HARLEQUINS

Exeter Chiefs Under-18s are still looking for their first win of the season in the Premiership Rugby Under-18s League after they came unstuck away to Harlequins last weekend.

Having been defeated by Saracens and Bath in their opening two games, hopes were high that the young Chiefs could get their campaign finally up and running at Rosslyn Park. In a tight first half, No.8 Ben Grubb claimed their opening try, after the Chiefs fell behind to a converted score from Kitan Ojo on seven minutes. Harlequins extended their lead early in the second half with a converted try from Cassius Cleaves only for the visitors to hit back with a try of their own through Bailey Williams, which was converted by Frankie Nowell. Exeter continued to push forward for further reward, but were undone when Quins’ centre Bryn Bailey claimed their third try to which Josh Tusler added the extras. Try as they may, the Chiefs were unable to add to their tally and eventually went down 21-12.

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CHIEFS TRIO NAMED IN UNDER-20S SQUAD

England Under-20s head coach Alan Dickens has named three Exeter Chiefs players in his 32-man Elite Player Squad for the 2020 campaign.

Forwards Richard Capstick and Rusiate Tuima, together with back Sam Maunder, are among eight players who have previously been capped at U20s level. The trio will be looking to add their worth to England’s cause in the upcoming U20 Six Nations Championship which begins next month, as well as in this summer’s World Rugby U20 Championship in Italy. England U20s are led by Dickens and his side will open their Six Nations campaign against France in Grenoble, on Saturday, February 1 (8pm). Dickens said: “Players have been selected through a combination of their performances last year and displays in domestic and European competitions this season. It’s been encouraging

to see a number of the group playing Premiership, Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby and I believe we’ve selected a really strong 32 for our elite player squad. “Some of this group will have experienced the Six Nations last year and know how special a competition it is, with fixtures against some of England’s great rivals. Crucially though, it prepares them for what they will experience as and when they make the next step into the senior side so it is a critical phase in their development as an England player. These players need to be aware that next step is not too far away and relish this opportunity.”

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MATCH REPORT

11TH JANUARY 2020

31 - 31 GLASGOW WARRIORS

EXETER CHIEFS

TRIES Seymour, Jones, Horne, Matawalu

TRIES White, Kvesic (2), Vermeulen

CONVERSIONS Hastings (4)

CONVERSIONS J Simmonds (4)

PENALTY Hastings

PENALTY J Simmonds LINE UP

LINE UP G Bryce; T Seymour (N Matawalu 53), H Jones, S Johnson, K Steyn; A Hastings, G Horne (A Price 64); O Kebble (A Seiuli 55), F Brown, Z Fagerson; S Cummings, J Gray; R Wilson, C Gibbins (capt, G Turner 56-64, C Fusaro 71), M Fagerson (R Harley h/t). Replacements (not used): A Nicol, P Horne.

S Hogg; J Nowell, I Whitten, O Devoto (S Hill 64), O Woodburn; J Simmonds, N White (J Maunder 53-59); A Hepburn (B Moon 62), L Cowan-Dickie (E Taione 78), E Pieretto (M Street 54); J Kirsten (W Witty 66), S Lonsdale; D Ewers, J Vermeulen, M Kvesic. Replacements: (not used): T Price, G Steenson, S Hill

YELLOW CARDS Gibbons, Brown

REFEREE R Poite

ATTENDANCE 7,351

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SATURDAY 18TH JANUARY | 5.30PM

I SAID BEFORE THE GAME IT WAS GOING TO BE A TEST OF CHARACTER FOR US, BUT THE LADS HAVE JUST GOT ON WITH IT AND SHOWED GREAT CHARACTER. ROB BAXTER

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IT WASN’T PERFECT AND THERE WERE LOTS OF MISTAKES OUT THERE, BUT WE HAD ENOUGH FIGHT ABOUT US TO STICK IN THERE AND WIN AGAINST WHAT WAS A TOUGH IRISH SIDE

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MATCH REPORT

5TH JANUARY 2020

28 - 45 LONDON IRISH

EXETER CHIEFS

TRIES Tuatagaloa, Tuisue, Hassell-Collins, Mafi CONVERSIONS Myler (4)

TRIES S Hill (2), Dennis, Cowan-Dickie, Devoto, Townsend

CONVERSIONS Steenson (6) PENALTY Steenson

LINE UP A Veitokani; B Tuatagaloa, C Rona, T Stephenson (B Campbell 61), O Hassell-Collins; S Myler (J Atkins 72), B Meehan (N Phipps 61); A Dell (H Elrington 67), S Fainga’a (D Porecki 57), O Hoskins (L Chawatama,67); F van der Merwe (capt), A Coleman (B Maddison 24); S Mafi, B Cowan (M Rogerson 57), A Tuisue.

LINE UP S Hogg; J Nowell (P Dollman 62), O Devoto, S Hill, O Woodburn; G Steenson, N White (S Townsend 54); A Hepburn (B Moon 57), L Cowan-Dickie (E Taione 43), E Pieretto (M Street 62); J Kirsten, D Dennis (capt, S Lonsdale 67); D Ewers (M Kvesic 57), D Armand, S Simmonds. Replacement (not used): J Simmonds.

YELLOW CARDS Woodburn, Devoto

REFEREE C Ridley

ATTENDANCE 6,412

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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

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MATCH REPORT

29TH DECEMBER 2019

14 - 7 EXETER CHIEFS

SARACENS

TRIES White, Vermeulen CONVERSIONS J Simmonds (2)

TRY Penalty Try

LINE UP S Hogg (G Steenson 77); J Nowell, I Whitten, O Devoto (S Hill 59), O Woodburn; J Simmonds, N White; A Hepburn (B Moon 65), L Cowan-Dickie (E Taione 75), H Williams (E Pieretto 67); D Dennis (capt), J Hill (J Kirsten 55); D Ewers (E Pieretto 30-36), J Vermeulen (D Armand 71), S Simmonds. Replacement (not used): J Maunder.

LINE UP M Malins (A Lozowski 55); S Maitland, D Taylor, B Barritt (capt, N Tompkins 65), E Daly; O Farrell, B Spencer (R Wigglesworth 49); M Vunipola (R Carre 65), J George, V Koch (T Lamositele 48); M Itoje (J Singleton 73), W Skelton (B Earl 49); N Isiekwe, J Wray, B Vunipola. Replacement (not used): G Kruis.

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RED CARD Williams

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RUGBY SHORTS

FORD AND GENGE EXTEND LEICESTER STAY England fly-half George Ford is one of four players to have signed new contracts with Leicester Tigers. George Worth, Sam Aspland-Robinson and Ford’s international team-mate Ellis Genge have also extended their stays at Welford Road. Tigers finished 11th in the Premiership last season and are again second from bottom after seven games this term. “I believe in sticking it out through tough times and coming out at the other end,” said Ford. “It’s going to be small building blocks, rebuilding little and often, rather than an overnight fix.”

UNDERHILL AGREES NEW LONG-TERM DEAL AT BATH Bath’s England flanker Sam Underhill has signed a new three-year contract with the Premiership club. Hooker Jack Walker and centre Max Wright have also signed new deals of the same length at The Rec. Bath director of rugby Stuart Hooper said: “These three committing their futures is a huge statement of intent. They’re all English qualified and determined to succeed in Bath colours.

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DIAMOND FINED FOR POST-GAME COMMENTS Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond has been fined for insulting match officials, but escaped a touchline ban. He was charged with misconduct over comments made following the Heineken Champions Cup defeat by Exeter Chiefs on December 8. An independent hearing upheld the charge and fined Diamond £2,553.

GLOUCESTER FLYER PICKS UP MONTHLY AWARD Gloucester winger Louis Rees-Zammit crowned an ‘unbelievable month’ by being named the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for December. The flying teenager made a major breakthrough in the month of December, scoring five tries, which included a new record when he became the youngest player to score a hat-trick in a Premiership match. He defeated Exeter Chiefs brother Joe and Sam Simmonds to the award.

WORCESTER LOCK UNDERGOES SURGERY Worcester Warriors lock Michael Fatialofa has successfully undergone surgery on the neck injury he sustained in the 62-5 Gallagher Premiership defeat at Saracens. The 27-year-old has been in intensive care at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington with bruising and swelling on his spinal cord.

Fatialofa is in his second season at Sixways following his arrival from Super Rugby side Hurricanes.

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TODAY’S TEAMS

REFEREE FRANK MURPHY TOUCH JUDGES ROB O’SULLIVAN & EDDIE HOGAN-O’CONNELL 4TH OFFICIAL PHIL WATTERS

TK ANDREW PEARCE TMO OLLY HODGES

15

JEREMY SINZELLE

14

11

13

TEVITA RAILEVU

ARTHUR RETIERE

12

GEOFFREY DOUMAYROU

10

LEVANI

9

BOTIA

TAWERA KERR BARLOW

IHAIA WEST

8

7

6

WIAAN LIEBENBERG

KEVIN GOURDON (CAPT)

GREGORY ALLDRITT

5

4

THOMAS LEVAULT

REMI LEROUX

PIERRE BOURGARIT

2

3

1

SILA PUAFIS

I

REDA WARDI

2

1

3

ALEC HEPBURN

HARRY WILLIAMS

LUKE COWAN-DICKIE

4

5

JONNY HILL

DAVE DENNIS (CAPT)

6

7

8

JACQUES VERMEULEN

DAVE EWERS

SAM SIMMONDS

9

JACK MAUNDER

10

12

JOE SIMMONDS

13

SAM HILL

11

14

IAN WHITTEN

OLLY WOODBURN

JACK NOWELL

15

STUART HOGG

EXETER CHIEFS REPLACEMENTS

LA ROCHELLE REPLACEMENTS

16 ELVIS TAIONE 17 BEN MOON 18 ENRIQUE PIERETTO 19 JANNES KIRSTEN

20 MATT KVESIC 21 STUART TOWNSEND 22 GARETH STEENSON 23 OLLIE DEVOTO

16 BRENDAN LEBRUN 17 MIKE CORBEL 18 UINI ATONIO 19 LOPETI TIMANI

20 ZENO KIEFT 21 THOMAS BERJON 22 BROCK JAMES 23 KINI MURIMURIVALU

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

ALEX CUTHBERT WING 05.04.1990 1.96m 6ft 5in 106kg 16st 6lbs

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FLYNN ELWORTHY BACK-ROW 27.10.1999 1.88m 6ft 2in 96kg 15st 1lbs

PHIL DOLLMAN CENTRE/FULL-BACK 15.05.1985 1.83m 6ft 90kg 14st 1lbs

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

JONNY HILL LOCK 08.06.1994 2.01m 6ft 7in 120kg 18st 8lbs

SAM HILL CENTRE

14.07.1993 1.84m 6ft 103kg 16st 3lbs

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STUART HOGG FULL-BACK 24.06.1992 1.78m 5ft 10in 93kg 14st 6lbs

JACK INNARD HOOKER 03.07.1995 1.80m 5ft 11in 105kg 16st 5lbs

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

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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TOM PRICE LOCK 22.01.1993 2.03m 6ft 8in 117kg 18st 4lbs

15.10.1989

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92kg 14st 4lbs

1.82m 6ft

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HARVEY SKINNER FLY-HALF 31.12.1997 1.89m 6ft 2in 90kg 14st 1lbs

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

ELVIS TAIONE HOOKER 25.05.1983 1.80m 5ft 11in 110kg 17st 4lbs

PIERRE THOMPSON SCRUM-HALF 26.02.1997 1.83m 6ft 93kg 14st 6lbs

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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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CHAMPIONS CUP RECORD PLAYED 12 WON 6 DRAWN 0 LOST 6

Founded: 1898 Ground:

Stade Marcel Deflandre, 2 Rue des Frères Lumière, 17000 La Rochelle, France Capacity: 16,000 Head Coach: Ronan O’Gara Captain: Romain Sazy Website: staderochelais.com

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The Heineken Champions Cup is a competition that will forever hold a special place in the heart of Ronan O’Gara. A king-pin in the all-conquering Munster side for the best part of 16 years, not only did the talented playmaker help the Irish province to lift the famous trophy on two occasions, but his record-breaking haul of points (1,365) and appearances (110) are unlikely to be toppled, if ever. A legend of the European game as a player, these days the 42-year-old is overseeing the fortunes of French Top14 side, La Rochelle, as they look to make their own mark in the same competition. Sadly, their Pool Two campaign has been largely frustrating for the former Irish international. An opening round defeat to the Exeter Chiefs back in November was followed a week later with another setback against Sale Sharks. December brought about the annual European double-header - in this case against Glasgow Warriors - but again the French club failed to deliver a performance on the big stage, losing in Round Three at home to the Scotsmen 27-24. O’Gara admitted they were dark days in what is his first season in charge at the Stade Marcel Deflandre, but a 12-7 win against the Warriors in Round 4, thanks in the main to tries from Jules Favre and Lepani Botia, provided the necessary spark to re-ignite La Rochelle from their Cup slumber.

“This is a competition that has given me such memories and souvenirs, but obviously it’s a team game, management game and players’ game nowadays,” said O’Gara, who was appointed head coach of the Top 14 outfit following successful coaching stint with Racing 92 and, more recently, the Crusaders in Super Rugby. “Where I came from, zero out of three in Europe, I didn’t sleep well for those previous few weeks,” Well beaten by the Chiefs in their opening fixture, an ill-disciplined display against the Sharks - which included a red card for Pierre Bourgarit - left O’Gara frustrated and already facing an uphill struggle. There were, however, seeds of encouragement and although defeated by Glasgow in Round Three, the Frenchman inflicted a dent in the hopes of the Warriors by winning in the corresponding fixture. O’Gara admitted that away win at Scotstoun ‘put a bit of value’ back into his side, who last weekend followed that success up with triumph over Sale Sharks. Scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow was the star of the show in the 30-23 victory, which has given fresh belief to today’s visitors that they can conclude their European campaign on a high note by toppling the unbeaten Chiefs on their own patch. Certainly, Exeter’s Director of Rugby Rob Baxter, speaking in the immediate aftermath of his own side’s 31-31 draw with Glasgow last weekend, said he would use this week to instill into his squad the threat posed by La Rochelle.

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“To get that home draw, everything is still in our hands,” said Baxter. “We’ve done what we needed to do, but now we have to go and finish the job. “La Rochelle, we know, will be tough opponents. Any French side with nothing to lose is danger, danger, danger! “They will be coming over with no pressure on them at all, so that will make me worry a bit this week. Instead, what we have to do is lock ourselves down, make no mistakes and get ourselves in the right mindset to go out and win.”

Following today’s fixture, La Rochelle – who currently sit fourth in the Top 14 standings – will return to domestic matters by playing host to Montpellier a week today.

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SCOUTING REPORT

TRIES SCORED

1 ST HALF

10

17

2 ND HALF

12

20

10

15

TRY SCORES FROM START POSSESSION

CHIEFS

LAROCHELLE

22 M RESTART 50 M RESTART

0 0 0 4 9 1 3 3 0 0 0

0 0 0 4 2 2 0 4 0 0 0

FREE-KICK

KICK RETURN

LINE-OUT

TRY TIMINGS SCORED

SCRUM

CONCEEDED

TAP PENALTY TURNOVER WON

CHIEFS

LAROCHELLE

CHIEFS

LAROCHELLE

0-20 MINS 21-40 MINS 41-60 MINS 61-80 MINS

4 6 7 3

2 5 2 3

3 3 1 5

4 2 3 4

22 M RESTART RETAINED 50 M RESTART RETAINED

LINE-OUT STEAL

TOP PERFORMERS

TOP TRY SCORERS

TOP POINTS SCORERS

Jules Plisson 14 points

Geoffrey Doumayrou 2 tries

Geoffrey Doumayrou Ihaia West 10 points

10 Players | 1 try

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LINE-OUTS

WON

LOST

%WON

52 46

6 7

90 87

CHIEFS

LA ROCHELLE

SCRUMS CHIEFS

WON

LOST

%WON

29 37

6 0

83

LA ROCHELLE

100

LINE-OUT/SCRUM STATS

LAST THREE MEETINGS

DANGERMAN

Signed ahead of the 2016/17 season having spent the previous three years playing in Pro D2 with Narbonne, it did not take long for the livewire back to make an impact at the Stade Marcel Deflandre.

16/11/19 (Heineken Champions Cup, Stade Marcel Deflandre) LA ROCHELLE 12 / EXETER CHIEFS 32

13/12/14 (European Challenge Cup, Sandy Park) EXETER CHIEFS 41 / LA ROCHELLE 17

Not only does his versatility allow him to play across the back three, but his turn of speed and fancy footwork make him a real handful for any opposing defender. Exeter got a whiff of his threat in Round One of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup, where he was the stand-out back for La Rochelle on the

4/12/14 (European Challenge Cup, Stade Marcel Deflandre) LA ROCHELLE 10 / EXETER CHIEFS 36

THE FORM GUIDE

day. His dazzling display was certainly noted by the Chiefs, who breathed a huge sigh of relief after he

had a try chalked off that day for a forward pass.

In 95 appearances for the French club, he has scored 26 tries to date. His club form was also rewarded in 2017 when he was capped by his country during their summer tour of South Africa.

Glasgow Warriors (A) 31-31

Sale Sharks (H) 30-23

London Irish (A) 28-45

Pau (A) 13-44

Saracens (H) 14-7

Agen (H) 40-8

VINCENT RATTEZ

Leicester Tigers (A) 22-31

Bordeaux-Begles (A) 20-15

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