STATEMENT: England international departs Exeter Chiefs - Ruck

STATEMENT: England international departs Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs loose-head prop Alec Hepburn has agreed a move to Scarlets for the 2024/25 season.

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The front rower will join the Welsh United Rugby Championship [URC] side after a decorated career as a Chief. In 10 seasons, Hepburn amassed 179 appearances and seven tries as well as a Champions Cup and two Premiership titles.

In early 2024, with five years having passed since his last England cap under Eddie Jones, he was a surprise inclusion in Gregor Townsend’s Scotland squad. Honouring his late Scottish-born father, George, Hepburn debuted for the thistle in February.

“Alec is moving on now to another stage of his career,” Director of Rugby Rob Baxter said.

“He’s already started that new phase with being capped for Scotland and now moving on to Scarlets. I think it’s a good signing for them, as he brings with him a wealth of experience in the Premiership and the Champions Cup as well as internationally. 

“He’s been a key part of some of the best years we’ve had at the club, including multiple top two finishes in the Premiership, a couple of Premiership titles as well as Premiership Cup and obviously the double year was a real highlight.

“He came into the squad as a relatively young guy who had taken a slightly different pathway in rugby and he really bought into what the group were trying to achieve and the process of getting better week-by-week, month-by-month, year-by-year.

“And that all led to having some huge games for us and being involved in an incredibly successful group. So, we wish him all the best in the future – we hope things go well for him in Wales and that things keep going well internationally for Scotland as well.”

Every confirmed Premiership transfer for next season – including Owen Farrell and Courtney Lawes

As the Gallagher Premiership gears up for another thrilling season, clubs are already strategizing their player acquisitions and departures in anticipation of the challenges ahead.

This comprehensive guide aims to keep fans abreast of all the transfer movements across every club in the league, tracking both incoming signings and outgoing departures.

Stay tuned for regular updates as the countdown to the new season begins, ensuring you’re fully informed on all the latest transfer activity shaping the landscape of the Gallagher Premiership.

Scroll down to explore the latest transfers across the league.

Bath Rugby

Players In:

  • Ross Molony from Leinster
  • Francois van Wyk from Leicester Tigers
  • Guy Pepper from Newcastle Falcons
  • Austin Emens from Great Britain Sevens

Players Out:

  • Matt Gallagher to Benetton
  • Steffan Emanuel to Cardiff
  • Johannes Jonker to Grenoble

Bristol Bears

Players In:

  • Viliame Mata from Edinburgh
  • Kofi Cripps from Clifton
  • Lovejoy Chawatama from Harlequins
  • Steele Barker from Cornish Pirates
  • Tom Doughty from Doncaster Knights
  • Sam Edwards from Leicester Tigers

Players Out:

  • Callum Sheedy to Cardiff
  • Tom Bowen to Cardiff
  • Kyle Sinckler to Toulon
  • Magnus Bradbury to Edinburgh

Exeter Chiefs

Players In:

  • Jimmy Roots from Ealing Trailfinders

Players Out:

  • Patrick Schickerling to Glasgow Warriors
  • Aidon Davis to Cheetahs
  • Alec Hepburn to Scarlets