"Exeter Chiefs Icon" Chiefs Confirm Departure of Club Legend Dave Ewers - Ruck

“Exeter Chiefs Icon” Chiefs Confirm Departure of Club Legend Dave Ewers

Exeter Chiefs have confirmed the departure of Dave Ewers, as they posted a farewell message on their official social media channels. Ewers has agreed a deal with United Rugby Championship side Ulster, ahead of the 2023/24 season.

Ewers has played 226 games and scored 38 tries for the Chiefs, helping them win the LV= Cup in 2014, two Premiership Rugby titles, and a Heineken Champions Cup crown.

The Chiefs have wrapped up their season, after a seventh placed finish saw them miss out on the play-offs. However, Exeter impressed with a prolonged run in Europe, and hoped for a fitting send off to their numerous departing 1st XV stars, yet were eliminated by La Rochelle in the Champions Cup semi-finals.

Exeter do come away with a piece of silverware this year, as they won the Premiership Rugby Cup, following a dramatic extra-time finale against London Irish.

Dave Ewers of Exeter Chiefs is tackled by Mike Williams of Leicester Tigers during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Leicester Tigers at Sandy Park on December 31st 2017, Exeter, Devon (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

“Obviously, I’m gutted to be leaving Exeter. It has been my life for so many years and I’ve been blessed to have made so many happy memories as well as life-long friends. To sum up all those years in words is incredibly tough to do, but it’s been an unbelievable journey and one that I am very proud to have been part of.

“Like all good things, they have to come to an end at some stage and now I have a new chapter in my career to look forward to with Ulster. Between now and then, I have a big job to do here at the Chiefs and I will be doing everything I can to ensure that my final months with Exeter are the best they can be.”

Dave Ewers of Exeter Chiefs is tackled by Scott Baldwin of Worcester Warriors during the Gallagher Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Worcester Warriors at Sandy Park on 9 Oct 2021. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

“Ulster is a proud club with a reputation on the pitch which reaches far and wide, and I look forward to calling myself one of the Ulster men from next season onwards. I have made many memories with Exeter Chiefs over the years, and now I’m excited to see what this next chapter in my career holds as part of a club with big goals.”

Ulster boss McFarland commented on the move in an Ulster club statement: “Dave has demonstrated over a terrific career at Exeter that he loves to carry ball and is one of the top gainline winning forwards in the Premiership. His size, work rate, and skillset will dovetail nicely with our other back rows.”