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RUGBY: Exeter Chiefs triumph over La Rochelle

Gareth Steenson, seen here lining up a conversion, has just signed a new deal with Exeter Chiefs Credit: PA

Sport and in rugby, the Exeter Chiefs have won away from home in the European Challenge Cup.

They beat La Rochelle 36 - 10. Gareth Steenson - who has just signed a new deal with the Chiefs - contributed 16 of those points while Adam Hughes, Brett Sturgess, Byron McGuigan and Fetu'u Vainikolo all ran in tries..

The bonus point win puts the Chiefs top of pool 2 after three games and extends their winning run to seven matches in all competitions.

Exeter Chiefs beat La Rochelle tonight Credit: ITV News

Pat Phibbs will stay on at Sandy Park

Pat Phibbs in action versus Perpignan in 2011 Credit: Clementz Michel/ABACA/Press Association Images

Australian Pat Phibbs has today agreed a short-term deal to stay with the Exeter Chiefs.

32 year old Phibbs, who is in his second spell with the Devon club, initially joined a few weeks ago on trial, but an injury crisis has led to Chiefs Head Coach Rob Baxter offering him an extended contract.

Dave Lewis is currently out with an elbow injury and fellow scrum-half Haydn Thomas took a bang to the head in last Friday's win at Gloucester,

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Exeter Chiefs sign Namibian international Chrysander Botha

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.

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
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