University of Exeter students represented in Exeter Chiefs Premiership 7s
Chances with Chiefs-Exeter University Men’s Rugby players well represented in Exeter Chiefs Premiership Rugby 7s side
A number of current University of Exeter students, alumni Sports Scholar Tom Lawday and two prospective incoming students were named in the Exeter Chiefs Premiership 7s side for the pre-season 7s tournament at Northampton's Franklin's Gardens.
The tournament represents the start of the 2018-2019 Premiership season where Chiefs will be hoping to go one better than last year and replicate their 2016-2017 Premiership title. Alumni, former Sports Scholar and top try scorer in BUCS Super Rugby during his time at University of Exeter, Tom Lawday (BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences 2014-2017) was given the captaincy honour for the tournament. Current students Sam Morley (BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences), Sal M’Boge (BA Legal Studies) and Charlie Wright (BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences) took their opportunities in the Chiefs shirt with Carl Morgan (BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences) and Toby Williams (BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences) named as travelling reserves in their first Exeter Chiefs experience. Incoming prospective students George Chatterton and Sam Maunder also joined the University contingent in the tournament squad.
Drawn in pool C Exeter Chiefs were up against Worcester Warriors and Bath on day one of the tournament. A dream start left Chiefs with a 28-14 win against Worcester which they followed up with a 31-15 victory against Bath, securing the top spot in pool C and moving through to the quarter final knockout stage in the cup.
In the quarter final Chiefs faced a strong Saracens side in what was an incredibly tight and evenly matched clash. Captain Tom Lawday went over the line for Chiefs second try, which was added too by incoming first year University of Exeter student and England 7s player George Chatterton. Saracens fought back onto the score board and tied the game up at 24 all at the final whistle. With the match forced into extra time it was Saracens who found a way to the try line to secure the win and a place in the semi-final.
Exeter Chiefs now look ahead to the start of their Premiership fixtures for the 2018-2019 season where they kick off at Sandy Park on Saturday 1st September against Leicester Tigers. Meanwhile the University of Exeter Men’s Rugby Club are now back into pre-season training ahead of the start of the BUCS Super Rugby competition, with Exeter opening their 2018-2019 campaign against Leeds Beckett on Wednesday 26th September.
University of Exeter Director of Rugby and Exeter Chiefs match day manager Keith Fleming commented “It’s great to see so many of our EURFC boys coming into the Chiefs set up and it really highlights the performance pathway from BUCS Super Rugby through to professional clubs. The link between the University Rugby programme and Exeter Chiefs is something we are very proud of and Tom Lawday is a fantastic example of what that programme can do. Looking ahead to the BUCS Super Rugby season we know the competition gets tougher year on year and that’s something we will be preparing for throughout pre-season to keep pushing our performance in that league and in the Championship knockout”.
Men’s Rugby is one of the Performance sports at the University of Exeter. As such performance athletes benefit from exceptional coaching and facilities, a comprehensive support services package and Sports Scholarship Scheme. University of Exeter was ranked as the number 1 institution for Rugby in 2017-2018 season with the men’s side winning the BUCS Super Rugby League the women’s side winning the BUCS Championship knockout cup at Twickenham.
Date: 24 July 2018