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Exeter Chiefs sign Namibian international Chrysander Botha

Chrysander Botha of Namibia (centre) is tackled during Rugby World Cup
Chrysander Botha of Namibia (centre) is tackled during Rugby World Cup Credit: Gabriel Bouys/PA

Exeter Chiefs have signed Namibian international Chrysander Botha from South African Super 15 outfit the Lions. The 26-year-old full back, who was in the Namibia squad at the last World Cup, will be available for the Chiefs three pre-season games, which start with a trip to Cardiff Blues on Friday, August 15.

At 6ft 1in tall and weighing 14st, He will give the Chiefs more options in the No. 15 jersey in the wake of Luke Arscott’s departure to Bath.

The Chiefs start their Aviva Premiership campaign by visiting newly-promoted London Welsh on Sunday, September 7.

Mumm to miss season start for shoulder op

Exeter captain Dean Mumm is having a shoulder op which will mean him missing the start of the new Premiership Campaign Credit: PA

Exeter Chiefs Skipper Dean Mumm will miss the start of the new Premiership campaign after having an operation on his shoulder

The 30-year old former Australian international second row forward, suffered the injury last season.

It comes as a blow to the Chiefs' early season plans; they travel to London Welsh on September 7th.

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Exeter Chiefs face London Welsh in season opener

The Chiefs will want to build upon last season's success Credit: PA

The full fixtures lists for the upcoming Aviva Premiership Rugby season have been released.

The season gets underway on Friday 5th of September.

Exeter Chiefs will travel to Oxford on Saturday 6th to face newly promoted London Welsh.

The Sandy Park based club will be hoping to build upon last season's success. They won the LV Cup for the first time in their history.

You can see the full fixture list for the season here.

Chiefs drawn in tough European group

The draw for the group stage of next season's European Challenge Cup has paired Exeter Chiefs with French clubs La Rochelle and Bayonne and Irish side Coonacht.

"It's a terrific draw for us, Obviously we have played Connacht before, both here at Sandy Park and over in Galway, but we've never faced either of the two French clubs.

– Tony Rowe OBE, Exeter Chief Executive

Exeter chiefs stars make England debuts

A trio of young Exeter Chiefs rugby stars made a first appearance for England but couldn't avoid defeat to the Barbarians.

Chiefs forward Dave Ewers forced his way over the line for the first try of the match after twelve minutes. Sam Hill joined Henry Slade in the backs and Slade just got the ball down in the second half.

He also added three penalty conversions to his personal tally. But the Barbarians, drawn from elite players around the world, won 29-39.

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Thousands turn out for Chiefs bus parade

The Chiefs celebrate their LV Cup win Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thousands of Rugby fans lined the streets in Exeter City Centre this weekend to celebrate Exeter Chief's LV Cup win. The Chiefs beat Northampton Saints at Sandy Park in March.

It was their first major honour. The team were also treated to a civic reception at Exeter Guildhall by the city's Mayor

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