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Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club
Sandy Park Stadium
Sandy Park Way
Exeter
EX2 7NN | map
Devon
Tel: 01392 890890

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Exeter Rugby Club was first launched in 1871 but the teams first recorded game was not until 1873. This first game was won by a 'touchdown and four saves to two saves' which suggests that the rules have changed somewhat in the game we know today. Exeter built up a strong tradition as a club and in 1905 were honoured to host the first ever New Zealand All Black touring side playing Devon in front of a crowd of 6,000 at the County Ground. Exeter would no doubt have provided many players for the Devon side. The team has played most for most of its life at the County Ground but recently relocated in 2006 to Sandy Park, which holds 8,000 spectators. Exeter has recently relaunched the first team under the name of the Exeter Chiefs, which is part of a bid to gain promotion to the Guinness Premiership. In addition to the name change, the team has recruited a number of seasoned professionals from other top clubs. So far it seems to have proved effective as Exeter are currently placed (March 2008) near the top of National League Division One, mounting a serious challenge for promotion.


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