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Exeter Chiefs sign former player once more

Lewis Stevenson will play for Exeter Chiefs once more in a deal that lasts until the end of the season Credit: Exeter Chiefs

Irishman Lewis Stevenson will play for Exeter Chiefs once more in a deal that lasts until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old forward - who spent two seasons at Sandy Park between 2007 and 2009 - returns to the Westcountry from Guinness Pro 12 outfit Ulster Rugby.

The move comes following significant injuries to second row players Damian Welch and Mitch Lees.

I’m delighted to be back at the Chiefs. The place is still the same in a lot of ways, but the small differences that have happened are pretty noticeable.

Since I’ve left the club have established themselves as a real force within the Premiership and each year they seem to go from strength to strength.

For anyone on the outside, they are a real example of how to get into the Premiership and stay there.

– Lewis Stevenson

Stevenson has trained with his new team-mates for the first time today and he could well come into the reckoning for Sunday’s Premiership trip to Worcester Warriors.

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Chiefs supporters cycle from Devon to Bordeaux especially for game

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A group of Exeter Chiefs supporters have cycled all the way from Devon to Bordeaux especially, just to watch the game.

The fans have taken 6 days to cover the 485 mile journey from Sandy Park to the Stade Chaban-Delmas.

They're raising money for the Exeter Foundation. Chiefs Chairman Tony Rowe even drove their support bus all the way.

6 days
to cycle nearly 500 miles from Sandy Park to Bordeaux.

Here they are arriving at their destination after a 6 day journey:

Bath Rugby's Ollie Devoto to join Exeter Chiefs

Ollie Devoto will join Exeter Chiefs next season Credit: Bath Rugby

Ollie Devoto is to join the Exeter Chiefs next season. The announcement was made on the Bath Rugby website.

The 22 year old centre worked his way up from the Bath Rugby Academy and earlier this week was named in Eddie Jones' England Elite Player Squad, having previously won the 2013 Junior World Champions with England U20s.

“It’s been a really tough decision to leave, but I feel that a change of environment is what I need to continue my development. That said, there’s a long way to go this season and I’m fully focused on doing what I can to help the team achieve our aims.”

– Ollie Devoto

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Exeter's Hill in new look England squad

Exeter Chief's young centre Sam Hill has been included in Eddie Jones' new look England squad for the upcoming 6 Nations which starts next month.

The 22 year old has made one appearance for England Saxons and has been called into the England senior set up for the first time following some strong performances for the Chiefs.

England face Scotland at Murrayfield in their opening game of the Six Nations on February 6th.

The 22 year old has made one appearance for the England Saxons Credit: Scott Heavey/PA Archive/PA Images

Fellow Chiefs Jack Nowell and Luke Cowan-Dickie are also named but Geoff Parling misses out.

The full squad announced by Eddie Jones: Forwards: Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks) Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)Jack Clifford (Harlequins) Jamie George (Saracens) Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) James Haskell (Wasps)Paul Hill (Northampton Saints) Maro Itoje (Saracens)George Kruis (Saracens)Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby) *injury replacement for Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs) Joe Launchbury (Wasps)Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)Joe Marler (Harlequins) Matt Mullan (Wasps) Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)Henry Thomas (Bath Rugby) *injury replacement for Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints)Billy Vunipola (Saracens) Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

Backs: Chris Ashton (Saracens) Mike Brown (Harlequins) Danny Care (Harlequins) Elliot Daly (Wasps)Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby) *injury replacement for Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) Owen Farrell (Saracens) George Ford (Bath Rugby) Alex Goode (Saracens) Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs) *injury replacement for Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)Marland Yarde (Harlequins) Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Exeter Chiefs' Damien Welch out of action 'for months'

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Damian Welch will miss a significant chunk of Exeter Chiefs' season after undergoing surgery to repair a pectoral injury. The 33-year-old lock's injury is Exeter's fourth long-term blow, following quickly after Henry Slade's broken leg, Luke Cowan-Dickie's thumb fracture and a knee problem for Dave Ewers.

Exeter have stormed to second place in the Aviva Premiership table courtesy of six wins in seven matches so far this term, but must now contend with a growing injury list. Welch suffered the pectoral problem in Exeter's 42-10 Champions Cup defeat at Clermont Auvergne on December 20.

"He's having an operation on his chest-pec area and we will know more of the details post-op. That is looking like that is it for a little while for him - it's more likely to be months rather than weeks."

– Rob Baxter, Exeter Chiefs' head coach
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