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HAIL TO THE CHIEFS

By Pete Moore On October 17th, 2020

The Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club is the best run sporting organisation in the country.

It was founded in 1871 and for most of its existence it has been an amateur club in lower leagues. It became a professional club only 20 years ago and was promoted to the top division in the English club game 10 years ago. And tonight the Chiefs have reached the very top of the game, becoming the champions of Europe. It’s genuinely fairy tale stuff.

It’s a proper club which does things right. Home grown young players have been the core and basis of the club’s rise. It hasn’t splashed the cash because it hasn’t really had any to splash. In the final tonight they beat Racing 92 of Paris, one of the big-spending, star-studded clubs. Exeter had players out there who played for them in the lower leagues years ago and others who have been best friends since the age of five. It’s that kind of club so I’m chuffed for them.

I want to mention their Director of Rugby (think Head Coach), Rob Baxter. He’s a local boy. His father played for Exeter while Rob was painting the lines on the pitch and being a ballboy. He eventually played for the club and captained the team. He was a butcher because the club was amateur then. Baxter became Head Coach in 2009 and has overseen the rise and rise since. Rob Baxter is one of the good guys. He’s level headed, decent and always calm. No win is celebrated too much and no loss taken badly. Referees are never responsible for defeats and victorious opponents are always well congratulated. His players love him and will do anything for him. That’s one reason why they are the champions of Europe now. So I’m chuffed for him too.

3 Responses to “HAIL TO THE CHIEFS”

  1. Outside the Six Nations I don’t have a great interest in rugby and have no idea who the Exeter Cheifs are, (was there some controversy about the name or an I imagine that?), they sound like the community based, passionate sports club that all professional sporting teams should aspire to be.

  2. //He’s level headed, decent and always calm. No win is celebrated too much and no loss taken badly. Referees are never responsible for defeats and victorious opponents are always well congratulated. His players love him and will do anything for him.//

    Sounds really great. And well said too.

  3. As you say it is good to see the non-money based sides winning, especially as Toulon and Saracens have won six of the last seven European Cups. I think going into the season I wanted one of five sides to win it. In order Ulster, Connacht, Munster, Leinster and not-Saracens. So I am very glad that not-Saracens have won it.

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