Exeter Chiefs is an English professional rugby club, based in the city of Exeter, and promoted for the first time in its history to Aviva Premiership in the 2009/10 season. The team plays at Sandy Park, a stadium with a capacity for 10,744 people.

Although the club was created in 1871, most of the club’s history has passed in the lower categories of English rugby, being a non-professional club. The desire of Exeter Chiefs to become a professional club and to achieve the maximum category is limited to recent seasons.

The club made its debut in the 2010-11 season at the English Premier League after beating Bristol in a double qualifying round of qualifying in May 2010. With her presence in the top English rugby category, she also debuted in European competitions, specifically in the European Challenge Cup, and participated in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. His first participation in the Premiership finished with an 8th place, while the second ended with a 5th place, and therefore about to participate in the semi-finals tie for the league title.

Exeter is the city and administrative center of Devon County, England. Located on the banks of the Aix River, the closest major cities are Plymouth and Bristol. In 2001, according to the population census, about 111 thousand people lived in Exeter.

During the Roman Empire, Exeter was the most remote in the north-west direction of the Roman settlement in Britain.

The main attraction of the city is the Exeter Cathedral, founded in [1050, originally built in the Norman style (1112), but then turned to its genuine style in the Gothic style (between 1280 and 1370), 124 m long and 23 meters wide, with two towers 50 meters high, several chapels, beautiful windows, magnificent clocks (XIV century.), a magnificent bishopric throne (1470), the most famous organ in England, a library of valuable book guides, many bishops’ memorials and so on. called Minstrels Gallery, in the niches of which it is laid out The angels who play musical instruments are a wonderful and at the same time an original piece of sculpture. The western facade of the cathedral is decorated with statues. The court building, built before the conquest of England by the Normans. In 1593 the Town Hall Guildhall, theater, the Polytechnic Society, the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts with the Library and the Museum were built.

In the XVIII century. Exeter was a significant industrial and industrial city and even the main center of the woolen manufactory; now it is increasingly becoming the character of a commercial city. Manufacture of gloves, agricultural machines and laces (Honiton lace). Trams, three railway lines; Channel 4 m deep, rolled back in 1544 and which connects Exeter with Topshem at the mouth of p. Ex. Vessels with a capacity of 150 tons can climb to the city itself. Exeter from the Romans was called Lat. Isca Dumnoniorum, in the Caeters-Isk Britons, in the Anglo-Saxon Exanceaster, in the Middle Persian language, Exonia. William the Conqueror siege Exeter in 1085 and built the fortress or the castle of Rougemont; Later, the city was also subjected to many sieges many times, last time it was the parliamentary army under the leadership of Ferfax 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 Exeter University. Chancellor of the University in 2006 elected actress and TV host Floelle Benjamin.

On May 22, 2008, an explosion in the center of the city in a coffee shop near the mall. In the explosion, nobody was hurt except for a fugitive.


first years

Exeter Football Club was founded in 1871. The club played its first match with St. Luke’s College in 1873. In 1890, it won the Devonshire Cup. In 1905, Exeter Football Club organized the first match between the New Zealand national football team in the UK and New Zealand’s Northern Hemisphere and Devon 15. From this game, New Zealand is known as the “all black team.”

At the start of the football league, Exeter ranked first in the Devonshire league.

Working age

In the 1990s, the Exeter rugby club became a semi-professional rugby union. In 1999, it was renamed the Exeter Emirates by Exeter Football Club. It was nominated for Emirates in 1999. In 2016, club fans were asked to change their behavior, fearing that it would be an offensive occupation of Native American culture. The media later reported that the club was asked to change its name. At that time, his team was usually composed of members and former members of the British Army.

In 1993 and 1995, Exeter entered the quarter-finals of the Pilkington Cup and was eliminated by the Premier League, the Leicester Tigers and the London Hornets.

Exeter was promoted for the first time in the French League Champions League in 1997. They often make progress in the first half of the year. In 2005, Exeter ranked second in the league and missed the four-pointer of Bristol. In the following season, they moved from the county seat to Sandy Park because of the need for modern facilities, including corporate hospitality. In 2008, they again won second place, behind the promotion of the Northampton Saints. The same thing happened in the following season, when Exeter fell behind Liz Carnegie.

The Premier League

In 2009, the national team reorganized the RFU championship playoffs. In the regular season, Exeter is behind Bristol. In the playoffs, they defeated Bedford Bruce and Nottingham R.F.C. before the last two rounds against Bristol. Exeter won 9-6 in the first round of Sandy Park and then won 29-10 in the second round of the Bristol Memorial Stadium, the first round of qualifying for the Premier League.

In their first season in the Premier League, they scored two points and a £5,000 fine in the game against the Liz Carnegie at Headingley Stadium, as they won more than £5,000 in the Pacific Games. They also made their debut in the European Challenge Cup and entered the quarter-finals, but lost to the French stage. In the following season, they won the fifth place in the Premier League, which made them participate in the Heineken Cup for the first time. In the first season of the Heineken Cup, they were attracted to the group stage by Clermont Auvergne of France, Leinster Rugby of Ireland and Welsh Scarlets. They led the team to the red team with 9 points. In 2014, the Exeter Chiefs defeated the Northampton Saints after defeating Sandy Park’s UK-Welsh Cup 15-8 and winning their first major football trophy.

2015/16 season

In the 2015/16 season, the UAE won the second place in the Aviva Premier League, allowing them to participate in the Aviva Premier League national semi-finals. I won the game with 34-23 in two penalties, Ian Whitten and Dave Ewers’ attempts and two penalty kicks, and Gareth Steenson’s four crosses. This means that the Emirates will be able to participate in the first final of the Aviva Premier League on May 28. Despite the British national team’s Jack Nove and club captain Jack Yedel and Gareth Stansham’s two penalty kicks and two changes, they still won with 28 wins and 20 losses.

The bosses also participated in the quarterfinals of the European Champions Cup. They were attracted to the Hornets in a tight game, and after the last minute of Jimmy Gobert’s Hornets, they lost 25-24 in the Ricoh Arena.

2016/17 season

For the first time in history, the Exeter leader defeated the Hornets 23-20 and won the Premier League title. At the end of the game, at the end of the game 20-20, Captain Gareth Stutham made a late punishment and surprised her. After the overtime, the bosses won their first Premier League title after seven years of championship and promotion. Gareth Stilson is once again the key.

Sandy Park is a rugby stadium and banquet and convent center located in Exeter, Devon, England. It is the stadium of the Exeter Chiefs that from the 2010-11 season play at Aviva Premiership, the top division of English rugby. The stadium has a capacity for 12,500 spectators.

Sandy Park is one of the 13 stages that will host the Rugby World Cup in 2015. Specifically, games of group C and D will be played: Tonga against Namibia, Namibia against Georgia and Italy against Romania.

Sandy Park has also hosted the England Saxons in an international match against Ireland Wolfhounds that the English won by 23-17.


In the summer of 2012 the club announced a five-year plan to remodel the pitch and to increase the capacity of the stadium to 20,600 spectators. The remodeling will be executed in several phases, beginning with the west side extinction. The second phase (pending financing) will involve building a conference center that would extend from the southern slope to the main rostrum.

The first phase of the remodeling had an approximate cost of 10 million pounds sterling and was executed in the summer of 2014 and supposed, after its re-opening in September 2014, that the Sandy Park had a capacity for 12,500 fans, which will be the one that will take place during the Rugby World Cup 2015, as well as an increase in the conference and banquet hall.