Fixtures - Top Bar

Armand: Exeter Chiefs young guns are on fire

Exeter Chiefs’ academy is the gift that keeps on giving and Don Armand has singled out a pair of Sams who can help vault the club to back-to-back titles.

Sam Skinner, a member of England Under-20s, has notched two tries from No.8 in the LV= Cup so far while Sam Simmonds has been a destructive influence on the openside.

And fellow back-row Armand is enjoying life in such exciting company, as they bid to take their place in the Franklin’s Gardens final a week on Sunday.

“Sam Skinner is definitely one to look out for,” he said. “He leads so well from the back-row and is mature beyond his years.

“There’s also Sam Simmonds at seven and though he’s not got the game time in the Premiership, the last game he played in the LV= Cup I think he topped the stats in every single category.

“The wonderful thing about the competition is the way it bloods youngsters into the first team and these guys are proving they’re ready for more.”

Last year’s LV= Cup final victory at Sandy Park will forever be a landmark moment in Chiefs’ history, their first-ever piece of silverware with the promise of more to come.

But Armand admits the road to success this time is more treacherous – they face a Leicester Tigers side at Welford Road who racked up 18 points from a possible 20 during the group stages.

“The trophy was amazing, it was my first year at the Chiefs and you don’t realise the full extent at what the club has been through, coming up from the Championship,” he added. “It really hit home.

“It was a great stepping stone to put us into the market as one of the league’s top clubs but also the guys now have the experience of winning those types of pressure games.

“There’s no doubt it would be an even bigger achievement this year and to beat the form team in Leicester Tigers at Welford Road would be huge.”

Tickets to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final are selling faster than this time last year so with just six rounds to go, now's the time to click here to book your place at the world's biggest club rugby final.

 

Latest News

Trevor Davison determined to take his chance at Newcastle Falcons

Prop-forward Trevor Davison is determined to seize his big chance after switching from beer delivery man to full-time rugby player…

Trevor Davison

Toby Flood primed for ‘unique’ opportunity in Philadelphia

Toby Flood’s return to Newcastle Falcons was perfectly timed to be involved in the Philadelphia match against Saracens, and he…

Toby Flood

England announce squad for 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup

The squad of 28 players to represent England in the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup has today been confirmed ahead…

Schalk Brits preparing for ‘exciting’ trip to Philadelphia with Saracens

Hooker Schalk Brits believes there is much more to the Aviva Premiership Rugby contest between Saracens and Newcastle Falcons in…

Schalk Brits

Saracens and London Irish to kick off the season at Twickenham

SARACENS and London Irish will help launch the 2017-18 Premiership Rugby season after being chosen as the home sides for…

George North gets first 2017 tour try in dramatic British & Irish Lions draw

The British & Irish Lions concluded their midweek fixture list in New Zealand with a thrilling 31-31 draw against the…

Newcastle Falcons can’t wait for trip to Philadelphia

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards believes that the second Aviva Premiership Rugby regular season match in America can…

Dean Richards

Mark Reddish retires from rugby

Harlequins second row Mark Reddish has today (Tuesday 27th June) announced that he will retire from the game due to…

Mark Reddish

Aviva Premiership Rugby stars to feature heavily in Lions final midweek game

EIGHT Aviva Premiership players will start the British & Irish Lions’ final midweek game tomorrow looking to force their way…

Teofilo Paulo excited by London Irish move but will miss home cooking

Samoan international Teofilo Paulo is making the most of his mum’s cooking ahead of the summer move to London Irish.…

British & Irish Lions beaten in first Test by New Zealand

Two second-half tries from winger Rieko Ioane helped New Zealand to a 30-15 victory in the first Test against the…

Harlequins Ladies coach savours upcoming Women’s Super Rugby season

Women’s sport is booming according to former Richmond prop and Scotland captain Karen Findlay, who is now relishing the prospect…

Aviva Tackling Numbers programme celebrated at Corporate Engagement Awards

Premiership Rugby and its Aviva Tackling Numbers programme enjoyed not one but two moments in the spotlight at the Corporate…

Corporate Engagement Awards

Lions ready for battle on eve of All Blacks Test

After months of waiting and weeks of build-up, The British & Irish Lions are ready to face the toughest challenge…

Ex-England star Susie Appleby excited to lead Gloucester-Hartpury in inaugural Women’s Super Rugby campaign

Former England international Susie Appleby believes it’s an exciting time for women’s rugby as she issues a rallying cry to…

Wasps confirm 2017/18 pre-season schedule

Wasps have today confirmed their 2017/18 pre-season schedule, which will see them face Connacht Rugby and Ulster Rugby, as well…

Wasps celebrate

Quartet sign Academy contracts with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that Rhys Davies, Wil Partington, Miles Reid, and Kieran Verden have all signed long-term…

Todd Blackadder

Clare Daniels hoping to inspire the next generation of female rugby referees

The first female official in Aviva Premiership Rugby history, Clare Daniels, has urged girls and women to take up officiating…

Luke McLean enthused by London Irish move

Luke McLean is looking to reignite his international career under Italy Head Coach Conor O’Shea following his summer move to…