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.
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.
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.
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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Exeter Chiefs and their supporters came together to celebrate last month's historic LV Cup victory with an open-top bus parade. Thousands lined the city centre streets to cheer the club's first ever major trophy success.
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
Crowds lined the streets to celebrate Exeter Chiefs' victory in the LV= Cup.
It's the first major trophy for the club since they won promotion to the Premiership.
Fans turned out in force to show their support as the team made their open-topped bus tour.
John Andrews reports:
An Exeter Chiefs fan got more than he bargained for when he ran onto the pitch to celebrate a last minute try.
Chris Kellow, who's from Cornwall, invaded the pitch during the Chiefs' game against Gloucester at the weekend, but got a frosty welcome from Fly Half Freddie Burns, who dumped him to the ground. The celebration proved premature, as Gloucester went on to win the match!