The first of Exeter Chiefs departing players confirms his exit - Ruck

The first of Exeter Chiefs departing players confirms his exit

Scotland international Sam Skinner will leave Exeter Chiefs after agreeing a deal to join Edinburgh Rugby next summer.

The 26-year-old will end an eight-year association with Gallagher Premiership outfit Exeter Chiefs to make the move north in time for the 2022/23 season.

Exeter boss Rob Baxter revealed last week that players have not lowered their wage expectations in line with the Premiership’s lower salary cap.

The wage cap was cut by £1.4m, to £5m, in the wake of the pandemic.

“The majority of them still coming in are still salaries that you would expect to be paying if it was a £6.4m market,” Baxter said.

As a result, it looks like the Chiefs are about to lose a number of current stars, including Skinner, if reports are to be believed.

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LIST | Five senior Exeter Chiefs players set for exit in 2022

#1. Jonny Hill

England second row Hill is attracting strong interest from Sale, and the move is reportedly near completion according to the Mail Online. It could be even confirmed today.

The Sharks are in the market for a replacement for Springbok lock Lood de Jager who looks set to return to South Africa.

Hill has blossomed under his watch since being picked up from Gloucester’s academy, establishing himself as a first-choice England international and earning a call up to the Lions tour last summer.

Jonny Hill of England is tackled by Damian de Allende of South Africa during the Autumn Nations Match between England and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on 20 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

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