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Thousands turn out to celebrate Exeter Chief's title win

Huge crowds turned out in Exeter to see the Exeter Chiefs parade through the city in an open-top bus.

The rain held off as the rugby team celebrated being crowned Premiership champions for the first time in their history, following victory at Twickenham over Wasps.

The crowd was determined to match the atmosphere of the heart stopping final itself. It was a city filled with pride.

They were appropriately riding high.

On board the silverware clutched by the club's owner Tony Rowe and head coach Rob Baxter who started as a ballboy at the age of ten.

Club owner Tony Rowe (L) and head coach Rob Baxter

It's a club who popularity has grown with success, after losing out in last year's final and in only their seventh season on the premiership.

The season had got off to a shaky start but it finished with a rock steady kick from the boot of Gareth Steenson.

I'm hugely proud. I remember coming here seven years ago, doing a similar sort of thing, but the amount of more people that's here it's a wee bit different than that day.

But it doesn't mean anymore, it's a special day for all involved - for the players, the club, everybody in the whole region. It's great.

– Gareth Steenson
Thousands lined the streets of Exeter on Monday afternoon

Back the the trophy was for reaching the Premiership, now the club has more silverware in its sights, even Europe perhaps.