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Exeter Chiefs diverted on way back from Bordeaux after heavy fog

The Exeter Chiefs were among those affected by heavy fog across the West Country earlier today.

The Chiefs were returning from France after yesterday's victory in the European Champions Cup against Bordeaux Begles.

But they were diverted to Newquay Airport on the way back after the worst of the fog left them unable to land at Exeter Airport.

Exeter Chiefs rugby fixtures released

Exeter Chiefs will begin their 2016/17 Premiership campaign on Sunday, 4 September, against Wasps in a rematch of last season's victorious semi-final.

Exeter's Henry Slade during the Heineken Cup, Pool Two match at Sandy Park, Exeter. Credit: PA

Rob Baxter's team came within 80 agonising minutes of becoming English champions for the first time but had their hopes dashed by Saracens at the final in May.

And the Chiefs will go head to head with Saracens in the second round of fixtures, at Sandy Park on the the 11 September.

Supporters can look forward to extra West Country derbies following Bristol's promotion, as well as the usual mouth-watering meeting with Bath and Gloucester. Meetings with all three come before the end of October and Exeter finish the regular season at Kingsholm against Gloucester.

Standout fixtures:

  • 4 September Wasps v Exeter Chiefs
  • 11 September Exeter Chiefs v Saracens
  • 23 September Bristol v Exeter Chiefs
  • 8 October Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester
  • 30 October Exeter Chiefs v Bath
  • 31 December Bath v Exeter Chiefs
  • 8 April Exeter Chiefs v Bristol
  • 6 May Gloucester v Exeter Chiefs

Jack Nowell among trio to secure new deals with Chiefs

Three Exeter Chiefs players have all agreed new deals with the Aviva Premiership club.

Credit: Exeter Rugby Club/PInnacle Photo Agency

Fresh from helping England record a first-ever series win in Australia last month, Jack Nowell, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Henry Slade have signed on to new three-year contracts.

All three players have established themselves within English rugby, but also on the European and international stage.

When you look at all the things it needs for three players like that to sign for a club, it shows that you are ticking a lot of boxes.

First and foremost it shows that we look after them and they enjoy being here, which is vitally important, but it also shows that we can help them not only achieve the ambitions which they have achieved so far, but that they also feel in the future they will experience big things here, not just in the Premiership and in Europe, but also internationally.

– Rob Baxter, head coach
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