"Town vs Gown" - Exeter Chiefs Set to Take on University of Exeter Next Monday - Ruck

“Town vs Gown” – Exeter Chiefs Set to Take on University of Exeter Next Monday

Exeter Chiefs have confirmed an upcoming friendly fixture against the University of Exeter, to take place next Monday at Sandy Park (19:30 KO). The match is using the tag-line of ‘Town Versus Gown’, in relation to the robes donned by the graduate students.

The University of Exeter is a vital part of the Chiefs development pathway, with an eclectic list of alumni now running out for the Chiefs 1st XV. Recent graduates include the likes of Ross Vintcent, Ben Hammersley and Tom Cairns, who have all been making names for themselves in the Premiership.

Director of Rugby Rob Baxter is excited to highlight the strong role the University plays in developing future Chiefs players. In an Exeter Chiefs statement, Baxter said; 

“Most people will be aware of the close working relationship we have with the University of Exeter and in particular their rugby department.” 

“This game further strengthens this relationship and will give the University BUCS first team a competitive game as they return from the Christmas break and will give our squad an additional, much needed game as we look to maintain our playing momentum through the season.” 

Rob Baxter, Director of Rugby of Exeter Chiefs looks dejected after losing during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Bristol Bears and Exeter Chiefs at Ashton Gate on 20 May. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

“This game will also give the young University players, many of whom are in our academy, an opportunity to prove themselves against Premiership, professional players and perhaps take that next step towards earning a senior contract with us.” 

“I am expecting a high-paced, high-skilled and entertaining game and I would suggest buying tickets early to avoid the disappointment of missing out on a game that will showcase the best of the University’s and club’s young talent.” 

University Director of Rugby Gareth Elliott is also looking forward to the opportunity which this game could afford to his players. 

“We’re hugely excited about the prospect of challenging ourselves against Exeter Chiefs in January. It offers us a chance to test our game against top level competition.” 

“It goes to show the strength of the programme that we’re invited to compete against Premiership players at Sandy Park.” 

The Exeter Chiefs player depth will be on display, as wider squad members will take to Sandy Park for a chance to impress. This match is also set to feature the return of some regular players, who are looking to shake off the cobwebs after time out with injuries.

The University of Exeter will be represented by their Super BUCS team, as they look to break into the Chiefs’ home fortress.