Exeter Chiefs is a rugby union club based in Exeter, England. Currently belongs to the Premiership. The official name is the Exeter Rugby Club.

Exeter is the main city of the English county of Devonshire, on the navigable river Ex, 15 km above its confluence into the English Channel. Residents 119,600 (2010).

Formerly it was strongly fortified and consisted of narrow and crooked streets, which still survived in its old part; in the new part there are good streets, large squares, beautiful and majestic buildings, for example, the episcopal palace, a teacher’s seminary. The main attraction of the city is a large cathedral, founded back in 1050, built originally in the Norman style (1112), but then brought to its present form in the Gothic style (between 1280 and 1370), 124 m long and 23 m wide, with two towers 50 m in height, several chapels, windows, clocks (XIV century), bishop’s throne (works of 1470), the most famous organ in England, a rich library, many bishops monuments and the so-called Minstrels Gallery, in the niches of which are playing musical instruments Angels – the original work of sculpture. The western facade of the cathedral is decorated with statues. The courthouse, built before the Normans conquered England; built in 1593 town hall (Guildhall); theater. Polytechnic Society; Society for the Encouragement of Arts with a library and museum.

In the XVIII table. Exeter was a significant industrial factory town and even the main center of wool manufacture; now it is increasingly taking on the character of a commercial city. Manufacture of gloves, agricultural machines and lace (Honiton lace). Trams, three railway lines; a canal 4 m deep, dug as early as 1544 and connecting Exeter with Topsham at the mouth of p. The ex. Ships with a capacity of 150 tons can go up to the city itself. Exeter from the Romans was called Lat. Isca Dumnoniorum, in the Britons of Saer-Isk, in the Anglo-Saxons of Exanceaster, in Middle Latin. – Exonia. William the Conqueror besieged Exeter in 1085 and built a fortress or castle Rougemont; later the city was also subjected to sieges many times, the last time by the parliamentary army under the command of Fairfax in 1646.

In 1922, a university college was founded in the city, which in 1955 in connection with the receipt of the royal charter was renamed the University of Exeter. University Chancellor in 2006 elected actress and TV presenter Floella Benjamin.

May 22, 2008 there was an explosion in the area of ​​the city center in a cafe near a shopping center. No one was injured in the explosion, except the shooter.

The city of Exeter and its surroundings are the backdrop for a series of detective historical novels by Bernard Knight, whose hero is the coroner of King Richard the Lionheart John de Wolfe.

Sandy Park is a stadium in Exeter used to play rugby union matches, home of the Exeter Chiefs team.

In 2002, the club members unanimously decided to move from a 5,200-seat County Ground to a new stadium, with a maximum capacity of 8,200 people, which would allow them to become English Premiership. Sandy Park was put into operation at the cost of GBP 15 million in September 2006. The facility is located at the M5 austrone. On the match days it is impossible to use the parking lot. An integral part of the facility is the Sandy Park Conference Center, which has over a dozen ballrooms and conference halls. In December 2009, it was decided to extend the stands and build terraces with standing places, to increase the capacity to over 10,000 spectators, which would make the building the largest in the city, ahead of St. James Park.

In January 2011, the club’s head outlined the initial goals for further expansion of the stadium – with the stands around the pitch and a total capacity of just over 20,000 – aimed at possible participation in the playoffs of the Heineken Cup, and specific proposals appeared in September this year. A month later they were accepted by the general meeting of the club. In July 2012, the plans were presented for assessment of the city council to obtain relevant permits – the reconstruction would take place within five years and include the construction of new stands and rooms for utilities, the creation of an area for buses and coaches, an increase in the number of parking spaces from 150 to 400, and expansion of the conference center. Work on the stands, ultimately increasing the capacity of the stadium from 10,744 to 20,600 seats, was to start from the west and proceed as the cash flow counter-clockwise, and the total cost was estimated at GBP 24 million. After obtaining the initial recommendation, the official consent was issued at the end of October 2012.

The financing of the investment was planned from own funds through the issue of bonds. The value of subscriptions for bonds financing the first phase of expansion in October 2013 reached GBP 5.7 million. The target, in the amount of 7.5 million pounds, was reached at the beginning of December this year, and the commencement of work involving the extension of the western stand, change of turf and enlargement of the car park was planned for the beginning of 2014.

After the retirement of Ashton Gate owners, Sandy Park was included in the preliminary list of stadiums applying for the hosting of Rugby World Cup matches, and at the beginning of May 2013 it was confirmed that it will be one of the thirteen venues hosting this tournament. The stadium hosted three World Cup meetings, and the requirement of its organizers was the ability to guarantee seats for 12,500 spectators. Due to the fact that permanent structures would not be ready before September 2015, the club’s authorities applied to the city council for permission to build a temporary eastern stand – it would increase the capacity of this part of the stadium from 1,600 to 3,300 – and further work would be resumed after completion these professions


The Exeter Rugby Club was founded in 1871. In 1905 he became the host of a match with the New Zealand national team for the first time in England, and it is said that the New Zealand national team has become known as the All Blacks since that time. When the rugby league began in England, Exeter belonged to the Devon league. The 1990s came to be called the “exeter chiefs” after being called the chiefs in the 1930s.

In 1997, he was promoted from National League 1 (the third league) to Allied Dunbar Premiership Two (the second league). In 2005, 2008 and 2009, he finished second in Bristol Rugby, Northampton Saints and Leeds Carnegie, and missed the promotion to the first section. In addition, in 2006, we moved our headquarters from County Ground to Sandy Park. The second part of the 2009-2010 season was reorganized as an RFU Championship with a play-off system. The season’s Exeter, who was second in the regular season, beat Bristol Rugby in the playoffs, and for the first time in the history of the club, promoted promotion to club 1 (premiership).

He entered the fifth place in the regular season in 2012 and played the first Heineken Cup next season. In 2014, he won his first victory in the Angro-Welsh Cup. In the 2015-2016 season, the European Rugby Champions Cup (the successor to the Heineken Cup) topped the pool stage for the first time and entered the quarterfinals.  However, Wassps lost by one point (a score of 24-25) to allow a reversal just before the end of the game and missed the semi-final advance. In the Premiership of the same year, he finished second in the regular season and went into the playoffs for the first time. He defeated Wasps in the semifinals and advanced to the finals, but lost to Saracens and missed his first victory.

In 2017, after finishing 2nd in the regular season, he defeated Saracens in the play-off semifinals, defeating Wasps in the final in the final match 23-20 and overcame his first victory. In 2018, he finished first in the regular season and progressed to the playoffs finals, but lost to Saracens and won the second place.

The team now plays in English Premiership – the highest division of the championship of England in rugby. In the tournament are 12 clubs. The championship runs from September to May and consists of two parts: the regular two-round tournament and the play-off stage, in which the four best teams from the previous stage participate. The final match is traditionally held at the London Stadium “Twinken”. Depending on the place occupied, English clubs have the right to compete in European competitions, the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup. Each year, the team that finished last retires to the second most important division of the English rugby pyramid – the Championship, and its winner comes to replace it.

Since the founding of the tournament in 1987, 9 teams have won, and the record belongs to Leicester Tigers with ten titles. During the 31 season of the championship, only four clubs took part in all its sweepstakes: “Bat”, “Gloucester”, “Lester Tigers” and “Waspі”. The current champion of England is the club “Exeter Chiefs”.

The English Rugby Union didn’t approve of the introduction of the league system in the country for a long time, as it was afraid that after this the number of “dirty games” would increase, and the clubs would have to pay their players. Instead, clubs played friendly matches, and the only serious tournaments were the Cups and Championships of the counties. In the first clubs competed, and in the second – national teams of counties. The Daily Telegraph and some other newspapers compiled reports on the performances of the teams, but they were often incomplete and, at best, the teams could only be evaluated approximately.

12 clubs play a circular tournament in 22 rounds. According to the results of the club, the 12th place leaves the championship, and the 4 best teams hold the semifinal matches and the final. 4 points are awarded for a victory, 2 points for a draw, a bonus point is awarded for 4 attempts, a bonus point is also charged for a loss of less than 7 points. The first six teams get into the European Cup and the rest into the European Challenge Cup.

The rights to the Aviv Premieres show in the UK belong to BT Sport. The contract for broadcasting 69 live games cost £ 125 million and was signed on May 12, 2012 and will take effect from the 2013/14 season. The rights to show matches in Australia belong to Setanta Sport, and in the USA – 21st Century Fox.


  • Premiership
  • Winner: 2016-17
  • Anglo Welsh cup (LV cup)-2013-14
  • Premiership results
  • 2010-11 eighth place
  • 2011-12 fifth place
  • 2012-13 sixth place
  • 2013-14 eighth place
  • 2014-15 fifth place
  • 2015-16 2nd place (play-off, second place victory)
  • 2016-17 2nd place (playoff win)
  • 2017-18 1st place (playoff, second place victory)


  • As of May 2018, the main players are as follows.
  • PR (Prop)
  • Thomas Francis
  • Alec Hepburn (Alec Hepburn)
  • Greg Holmes (Greg Holmes)
  • Harry Williams
  • HO (Hooker)
  • Luke Cowan-Dickie
  • LO (lock)
  • Dave Dennis
  • FL / No. 8 (Franker / Number 8)
  • Don Armand (Don Armand)
  • Matt Kvesic
  • Sam Simmonds
  • SH (scrum half)
  • Nick White (Nic White)
  • FH (fly half)
  • Gareth Steenson
  • CTB (Center)
  • Michele Campagnaro (Michele Campagnaro)
  • Olly Devoto
  • Henry Slade
  • Ian Witten
  • WTB (Wing)
  • Santiago Cordero (Santiago Cordero)
  • Jack Nowell
  • Olly Woodburn
  • FB (full back)
  • Lachlan Turner