After moving from Bath earlier this month, Niko Matawalu has said that he is settling quite well at the Exeter Chiefs.


With the end of the autumn internationals, the Fijian back is currently enjoying his first week with the club.

Matawalu reiterated that his reason for moving to the club was to play rugby and so far, he has enjoyed all he has seen in the club. Speaking, Matawalu said,

“It’s so far so good,”

“I really like the environment, the boys and the coaches. I needed to play some rugby and that’s why I decided to move to Exeter.”

“I’m just back from the autumn tour and joined the boys this week and it seems to be going well.”

Matawalu also mentioned how he and the head coach at Exeter, Rob Baxter had talked about their goals for the season just before he made the move to Exeter from Bath.

And with Exeter hoping to gain another top-four finish which would become their second successive, Matawalu is looking forward to the challenge. The Fijian back had said,

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The former Japanese coach and the current England rugby union coach, Eddie Jones, is a confident man. He says that he sees England toppling the world champion All Blacks side at the 2019 Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan in three years time.

Under coach Jones, Japan came into the limelight by defeating Springboks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. They parted ways after the World Cup in England and now Jones is the coach of the England rugby team.

Jones has been instrumental in the kind of turnaround that the England team has showcased of late. They have won the Six Nations Grand Slam and also beat the mighty Wallabies in the June tests under his coaching. There is no doubt that he is one of the top international rugby coaches of this modern era.

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The Exeter Chiefs would be playing against the Northampton Saints on Friday, 30th September 2016. In this Premiership event Calum Clark would be playing who was part of the warm up squad of the 2015 World Cup team of England. The Franklin’s gardens would be opening up for this day as the game kicks off in the evening hours. Calum Clark would be taking the role of the England flanker and this would be his first appearance after he played for the Northampton Saints in May 2015.

When it comes to the Exeter team, the head coach has stated on Radio in Devon that Jack Nowell would be on the bench this time as he has suffered a thumb injury and subsequent surgery recently. As Jack has come back from his surgery for about ten days or a week, he would avoid playing as falling or catching will affect his thumb more.

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The win that Exeter had over Bristol Rugby has definitely hoped the team to get their confidence back this season. After suffering two losses beginning of the season, the head coach of Exeter Chiefs, Rob Baxter, has been applauded as the man of the match after the successful win against Bristol Rugby. This game definitely helped to turn around the fortunes of the team.

The Chiefs have been able to get victories and bonus points in the performance that they showcased. Woodburn made a double that was added by Sam Hill as well as by Thomas Waldrom. The Chiefs ended up with a victory score of 41 over 17 against their rival team. The game was played at Ashton Gate. Even though Baxter felt that the team could have performed better, the game has definitely seen Exeter improve in their team performance.

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