Fixtures - Top Bar

Bodilly ready to seize next Exeter Chiefs chance

Max Bodilly’s first LV= Cup start in an Exeter Chiefs shirt turned into a West Country thriller with Gloucester Rugby and the promising utility back admits it’s left him hungry for more.

As LV= Cup holders with a flourishing youth academy, a few envious eyes have been cast in the direction of Sandy Park.

The proof of their winning formula can be found in the latest round of England call-ups, with Jack Nowell taking
his place in the Six Nations training camp and Luke Cowan-Dickie and Henry Slade both involved with the Saxons.

That trio are all 21 years old and Bodilly, 20, is out to prove they were not just a bumper crop.

The Chiefs are used to staging drama in the LV= Cup and after they were saved by the width of the post against
Gloucester
in their opening match this term, the full-back is eager to keep carving out a bigger role.

“Gloucester had a chance to win it with the last kick of the game, it was a great match to be involved in but thankfully we managed to get over the line,” said Bodilly, who is dual-registered with Cornish Pirates.

“I thought I played quite well, it felt comfortable out there and hopefully I can continue to prove myself.

“This level is a lot different to age-group rugby, it’s a lot more physical but being around here on the training field the older guys are really quick to help you and make sure you’re ready as much as possible

“I’ve been playing most weeks down at the Cornish Pirates, starting regularly, and I expect to be down there after the next set of LV= Cup games – I just want to be taking these opportunities to impress.”

After Chiefs’ scrape with Gloucester, their victory a week later over fellow South West rivals Bath Rugby was relatively straightforward.

It left them with breathing space at the top of Pool 2, although Bodilly is wary of a Newport Gwent Dragons side who will be riding the crest of a wave after qualifying for the knockout stages of the European Rugby Challenge Cup last week.

He added: “We are definitely aiming for the LV= Cup again but first things first, the Dragons this weekend will be tough opposition as they’re in some form.

“They are at home as well and I don’t think they’ll be putting out a weakened side so we’ve got to go down there and produce.”

Tickets for this year's LV= Cup Final on 22 March at Franklin's Gardens are now on sale. Click here to snap one up from just £20 for adults, £10 for juniors to see who will win the first silverware of the season.

Latest News

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final: The best of the reaction to Exeter Chiefs’ triumph

Gareth Steenson’s extra-time penalty sent Exeter Chiefs fans into ecstasy at Twickenham on Saturday, as the West Country outfit claimed…

Match Reaction: Wasps 20 Exeter Chiefs 23 (AET)

Years of hard-work have paid off for Exeter Chiefs according to head coach Rob Baxter, after the Devon side lifted…

AUDIO: Yeandle, Haskell and Townsend reflect on the Aviva Premiership final

Russell Hargreaves looks back on a dramatic and extended Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham, before speaking to victorious Exeter Chiefs…

Match Report: Wasps 20 Exeter Chiefs 23 (AET)

Seven years after kicking Exeter Chiefs into Aviva Premiership Rugby, skipper Gareth Steenson proved once again that ice runs through…

HITZ learning academy gear up for the Aviva Premiership Rugby final

Around 30 young people from across the country will be at this afternoon’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham to…

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final: Review of the finalists’ most recent head-to-heads

Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final sees table-toppers Wasps face off against second-placed Exeter Chiefs, in what promises to be a…

Six things to look out for in this Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final

After nearly nine months of intense competition, the fate of the Aviva Premiership Rugby trophy comes down to 80 minutes…

Match Reaction: Northampton Saints 23 Stade Francais 22

Courtney Lawes revealed that he overcame illness to put in another man-of-the-match performance in Northampton Saints’ European Rugby Champions Cup…

Match Report: Northampton Saints 23 Stade Francais 22

Northampton Saints pulled off a stunning comeback victory to upset Stade Francais and secure European Champions Cup rugby for next…

Thomas Waldrom out to finish the job with Exeter Chiefs

Thomas Waldrom is ready to put the seal on a season of hard graft by helping Exeter Chiefs to lift…

Thomas Waldrom

Key moments of the season for our Aviva Premiership Rugby finalists

After two frantically-contested semi-finals, excitement is building for what will surely be a thrilling Aviva Premiership Rugby Final between Wasps…

Exeter Chiefs side to face Wasps in the Aviva Premiership Final

It was seven years today that Exeter Chiefs finally arrived at English rugby’s top table. On a wet and wild…

Olly Woodburn

Wasps team to play Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership Final

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his Wasps’ side for the Aviva Premiership Final against Exeter Chiefs, at Twickenham…

Josh Bassett and Willie Le Roux

Sean Maitland signs contract extension with Saracens

Saracens are delighted to announce that Scotland international Sean Maitland has signed a contract extension with the Club. Capped 28…

Sean Maitland

Ashley Johnson ready for daunting Twickenham final challenge

Wasps might have finished the Aviva Premiership Rugby season top of the table but hooker Ashley Johnson believes they will…

Netani Talei retires from rugby

Harlequins back-row Netani Talei has today (Thursday 25th May) announced that he will retire from the game following medical advice.…

Netani Talei

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final – safety of supporters

The safety of our supporters is of upmost importance to Premiership Rugby. As a result, we have been working for…

Win a Citizen Watch and a ball signed by this year’s Aviva Premiership Rugby champions

Celebrating being the Official Timekeeper of Premiership Rugby, Citizen are offering you the chance to win a Citizen Watch up…