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The captain of Exeter Chiefs, Gareth Steenson is enjoying a “new challenge” And the challenge is starting the season of Aviva Premiership as a defending champion.

The pulsating victory of Chiefs’ Premiership final over Wasps in May at Twickenham saw them having a remarkable rise and it is from the lower divisions of English rugby to reaching at the peak.

But when Exeter launches their league campaign on September 1st opposite the West Country rivals Gloucester at Kingsholm under the floodlights of the Friday night.

Steenson the Fly-half of the team extra-time penalty preserved the glory of the title for Exeter and in the squad of last season; they retained the awesome majority, while adding players like Matt Kvesicflanker and Nic Whitescrum-half.

Steenson on the occasion said, “For us, this truly a brand new experience. Our performance in Europe was not that well, and this something that we will talk about for sure.”

He further added that, “Probably now, we are not the second favorite team of everyone any more. Now, we are no more a plucky underdog, and this is a completely new thing for us.”

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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 Exeter Chiefs are in celebration mood and they have every reason to do so.

They did reach the finals of the Premiership and were being compared with Leicester City in their accomplishments. Many even stated that Exeter rugby team is what Leicester City is to football. They might be on the verge of winning the English title. The Premiership finals were held on 28th May where Exeter Chiefs were set to play against Saracens.

Though this game finally saw Saracens winning it was brilliantly executed by Exeter as well. They were able to score about 17 points that were unanswered by Saracens. Though the result of the game was their defeat, the team did play brilliantly. The main takeaway for the Rob Baxter as the first team coach is that they should have held it together at the beginning.

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The boss of Exeter Chiefs stated that the team put in their best performance of the playoffs on the Premiership tournament.

The win they obtained against Harlequins was their biggest ever. They were able to score 52-0 in the game. It took place at London Welsh. It was the opening day match when they were able to score big. The match was definitely one of the biggest wins of the team in the 145 years that they have played.

As the coach states, the focus is not to get to the finals or beat the Wasps. They need to play the best game they can and give the fans something to be proud of. That is something expected out of the team when they play Premiership games. The season has definitely turned out well in Exeter. They were able to finish off in the second position in the Premiership. The playoff match that they played first ended with a home tie. When the quarter finals were reached of the Champions Cup, it added another feather to the cap of the team. They were able to defeat the Clermont Auvergne in the match. The other achievement of the team is getting three of their best player, Luke, Henry and Jack to be selected to play for England.

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Saracens FC player Chris Ashton has been backed to win his place back in the England squad for the Rugby World Cup 2015 on home soil this summer by his club boss. Mark McCall has also claimed that the winger is now playing at a much higher level that he did when he last appeared for England in the international arena.

Ashton lived up to his reputation as one of the in-form wingers at the moment in the country when he scored two stunning tries for his club in a 42-14 hammering of Harlequins FC in front of a record crowd at Wembley recently and McCall believes the player’s confidence is sky high at this time and it is showing in the performances that he has been putting in.

The two tries against Harlequins FC took his tally to 12 in 22 matches in both the Aviva Premiership and European Rugby Champions Cup this season. However, according to McCall, it is not his scoring form but the improvement in his all round game that has made Chris Ashton a contender for an England spot once again after being overlooked for the Six Nations Championship campaign earlier this year.

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