'Special' fly-half the latest star to confirm Exeter Chiefs departure - Ruck

‘Special’ fly-half the latest star to confirm Exeter Chiefs departure

The Ospreys have completed a deal to sign talented fly-half Jack Walsh from Exeter Chiefs, according to Wales Online.

The Florida-born 22-year-old can also play full-back and is a product of the New South Wales Waratahs academy.

It was just somewhere I wanted to play rugby,” said Walsh.

“He [Booth] talked about the vision for the whole organisation, what Swansea was like as a city and how rugby is in Wales, and it’s just an exciting challenge.

“I talked to [former Exeter players] Tom Francis, Elvis Taione and Alex Cuthbert about the Ospreys and they just echoed what Toby said around the team, the culture and how much they were enjoying it.

“When you talk to experienced guys like that, who know what makes a successful club, that was a big draw for me.

“I am also very aware of how passionate Welsh rugby fans are and how loyal the Ospreys supporters are.

“I know the Ospreys are a proud club and the opportunity to be around players like Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric and George North, and to learn from world-class players like them, is what every young player wants to do.”

Exeter Chiefs confirm seven departures ahead of 2022/23 season

With the salary cap set to be reduced, Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter has been forced into a bit of a clearout with seven stars already confirming their departures.

#1. Sam Nixon to Grenoble

The tighthead prop will leave Exeter Chiefs after just a single season for a move to French Pro D2 side Grenoble, both clubs have confirmed. The 25-year-old joined the Chiefs ahead of the 2021/22 season from Bayonne where he played 24 games in the French Top 14.

Debutant player Sam Nixon during the Gallagher Premiership rugby game between Leicester Tigers and Exeter Chiefs at Welford Road on Sept 18th – PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK

#2. Sam Skinner to Edinburgh

Scotland international Skinner – who will join the Scottish capital club next season – has started nine of his 15 Tests to date since he burst onto the scene with a player of the match winning international debut against Fiji at Murrayfield in 2018.

Sam Skinner of Exeter Chiefs enjoying a Red Bull ahead of the Exeter Chiefs training session at Sandy Park ahead of the second leg of Heineken Champions Cup match between Munster Rugby and Exeter Chiefs – 13th April 2022. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

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