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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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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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Chris Robshaw, the captain of the England Rugby Team has admitted that he has become more cautious when he out in the public due to the heavy attention that he tends to receives from the paparazzi.

Earlier in April, the 28 year old Harlequins FC skipper was snapped by the paparazzi spending time with his girlfriend Camilla Kerslake in Barbados after he was given time off from the club. And he has admitted that it is disturbing at times that he does not have a private life anymore where anything and everything he does ends up in the front pages of newspapers.

And since then, the Harlequins FC man has decided to seek some advice from former England test cricketer and captain Andrew Strauss as well as another former England Rugby Team skipper Lawrence Dallagio about how to deal with being in the media spotlight all the time.

According to Robshaw, always being in the media glares and chased around by the paparazzi is not something that they welcomed or ever wanted. He added that he has to be careful when he is doing something and that is not very natural for a human being.

He added that it is a new situation and he has sat down with the likes of Andrew Strauss and Lawrence Dallagio, people who have been through these things before when they were playing for England at the highest level.

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