Exeter Chiefs legend Gareth Steenson is set to take up his first Premiership coaching role at the end of the current Gallagher Premiership season.
Steenson’s contract with the Sandy Park outfit was until end of June but with the season extended due to the pandemic coronavirus, the 36-year-old is committed to complete the campaign.
The legendary fly-half will remain with the Chiefs once he hangs up his boots, joining Rob Baxter’s backroom team as a specialist kicking coach.
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He’s also set to continue as attack coach with National League One side Plymouth Albion.
Brought to Sandy Park in 2008 from the Cornish Pirates, the Dungannon-born playmaker has already written his name into the folklore of Exeter Rugby Club.
Steenson quickly settled to life in Devon and in the years that have followed, he has established himself as one of the deadliest goalkickers, not just in England, but in Europe as well.
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He not only booted the Chiefs into the Premiership back in 2010 with a majestic display against Bristol in the inaugural Championship play-off final, but since then has continued to sink rivals on all fronts, taking his tally of points past 2,500 and installing him as the club’s leading points-scorer of all time.
For some reason Ireland have continued to overlook his talents, but their loss has been Exeter’s gain and that was firmly underlined when he skippered the side to victory in May 2017 to the Premiership title. He kicked the winning penalty to sink Wasps at Twickenham and ensure the Chiefs of their biggest prize to date.