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Where are they now? Exeter Chiefs first Premiership XV from 2010

Fly-half: Gareth Steenson – Brought to Sandy Park in 2008 from the Cornish Pirates, the Dungannon-born playmaker has since written his name into the folklore of Exeter Rugby Club. He scored 17 points on an opening day as Chiefs secured a historic first win in the top flight. The fly-half, who remains at the club, skippered the side to the Premiership title in 2017, kicking the winning penalty to sink Wasps at Twickenham. Away from rugby, he’s opened The Stand Off, an Irish bar and restaurant in Exeter.


Scrum-half: Haydn Thomas – The former Exeter Chiefs star, who spent the rest of his career at Sandy Park, is now part of the Exeter Chiefs Academy coaching set-up. He’s also an ambassador for Chatham shoes.

Prop: Brett Sturgess – The tighthead had previously played for Irish side Connacht Rugby and English side Northampton Saints before signing with the Chiefs in 2007. He left in 2016, joining Ampthill before moving onto Kettering where he’s still going as player/head coach aged 37.

Hooker: Neil Clark – The London-born forward played 187 times for the Chiefs, scoring 14 tries, in two spells at Sandy Park. During his final season, he released his book, ‘It Was Never My Ambition To Become A Hooker’, stating that any profits from this book will be spent on gin. He next moved to French club Oyonnax in 2013 but was forced to announce his retirement from the sport in November 2014.

Prop: Hoani Tui – The New Zealander joined Chiefs from Calvisano in 2010 and went on to make over 100 appearances for the club. The 35-year-old is still playing to this day, now for USO Oyonnax in France’s Rugby Pro D2.

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