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“Captain commits” – 12 players commit to Exeter Chiefs in statement

Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter, has spoken of his delight after a number of his current first-team squad put pen to paper on new deals with the club.

With a plethora of long-serving stars set to head for pastures new at the end of the season, the news that others within the Sandy Park ranks are staying put is welcome news to Baxter and his team of coaches moving into the 2023/24 campaign.

Club captain Jack Yeandle heads up a stellar list of names, which also includes Jack Innard, Billy Keast, Sam Maunder, Stu Townsend and Olly Woodburn.

Will Becconsall, Tom Cairns, James Kenny, Max Norey, Danny Southworth and Tom Wyatt have also all put pen to paper on deals that will see them at Sandy Park for next season and beyond.

“Obviously, we’re delighted that this group of players are staying with us moving forward,” said Baxter. “When I go through that list of players, they’ve all played their part in some shape or other in helping to develop us a club.

“Jack Yeandle has captained the side for a number of years now and he’s that ‘Steady Eddie’ that kind of glues the team together. At the same time, he is still performing exceptionally well and he’s always driving the standards of those around him.

“Woody is another who has been here a while now, but the way he has been performing this season has been outstanding. He’s probably in his best form, both physically and on the field, that he’s ever been in. Equally, he’s probably been out player of the season in a lot of ways.


“Stu has had time out with unfortunate injuries, but again I believe there is still so much more in him, the same with Billy Keast, another whose been in and out with injuries, but who we believe can only get better and better with time.

“When you look at Jack Innard, he’s someone who has really started to come of age this past year or so. His leadership with the Premiership Rugby Cup side, coupled with some of his performances in both the Premiership and Europe, he’s offers a great deal to us and is another who can really kick his game on.

“As for Sam Maunder, this past 18 months he’s really started to break through, but then he suffered that really unfortunate injury up at Bath a few weeks’ ago. He’s another, though, who we see as having real potential and real growth within his game.

“Having this core group of players, along with others who have also re-signed and those who are already contracted with us, will only enhance moving forward and I’m already very excited about next season and the future.”

BREAKING: Exeter Chiefs confirm THREE new signings

Exeter fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the club announces the signing of three new players today with more set to follow..

This news comes as a welcome distraction from the weeks of headlines about their star players leaving for foreign clubs. Departures from the team at the end of the season include Sam Simmonds, Joe Simmonds, Harry Williams, Jannes Kirsten, and Dave Ewers, with Jack Nowell expected to join them.

Check out their new signings below:

#1. Will Haydon-Wood

Heading to Sandy Park ahead of the 2023/24 season is former Newcastle Falcons and Wasps fly-half, Will Haydon-Wood, who will join the Gallagher Premiership club from French Pro D2 side, Massy Esonne.

The 22-year-old playmaker is no strange to English rugby’s top-flight and his addition is another boost for the Chiefs, who have already confirmed the arrivals of Joe Hawkins and Ethan Roots from the Ospreys.

“It’s a really exciting move for me,” said the former England Under-20s international. “Obviously, I’ve come up against the Chiefs in the past and I know how much of a force they have become, not just within the English game, but also across Europe as well.

“Talking with Rob [Baxter] he’s outlined the vision of the club and how they are in the process of building a new and exciting, young squad. Listening to what he had to say and with the players they have at the club, it was a pretty easy decision in the end.”

Having started this season at Wasps following a number of years at the Falcons, Haydon-Wood was forced to look for new employment last October when the Midlands club were forced to withdraw from all competitions following the collapse of the former English and European champions.