Fixtures - Top Bar

Premier Award for Waldrom

Thomas Waldrom’s eye-catching displays for the Exeter Chiefs have today been rewarded after he was named the Aviva Premiership Player of the Month for November.

The 31-year-old forward, who joined the Devon club in the summer after a four-year stint with the Leicester Tigers, has enjoyed a stellar start to his Chiefs career, scoring seven tries in nine Premiership starts.

Waldrom’s on-field performances have not only helped to propel Rob Baxter’s side into the top three in the Aviva Premiership, but also to the top of both their European and LV= Cup pools, as well as a recall into Stuart Lancaster’s England squad for the recent Autumn internationals.

"I don’t think it could have gone any better than it has been so far," said Waldrom. "I’m very pleased with how things have gone, but I’m aware we’ve got some big games coming up and that we have to keep on working hard."

With league encounters at Sale Sharks and Bath, plus a New Year date with Gloucester, all on the horizon, Waldrom has praised the efforts of his team-mates and the club’s coaches in helping him pick up his second Player of the Month accolade.

"The coaches have given me a bit of a licence to go out and play, plus it’s always good to score tries," he added. “But I’m only as good as the 14 guys in front of me. Together they’ve all been doing their bit to help the team this year – and I’m just the guy who has been lucky enough to finish off the scores."

Having seen the rise of the Chiefs in recent seasons from afar, it was not until he arrived in the Westcountry that Waldrom saw at first hand the ambition and the hard work that drives the club.

"When I first spoke to Rob about coming to the club he told me I would enjoy it down here and I would enjoy the way we play," added Waldrom. "From the moment I arrived, I settled very easily. The lifestyle is very relaxing and for the kids there is lots for them to do.

"Pre-season was a bit like Super Rugby, which I’m familiar with, so it was just a case of getting on with it, enjoying it, learning things and then getting the opportunity to start the season."

And Waldrom got off to a flying start for his new club as a try double in a convincing away win at newly-promoted London Welsh on the opening day gave him the dream start.

"Just knowing you can go out and express yourself, I’m really enjoying it," he continued. "All the coaches talked about the youngsters and what they wanted to do with them, but you can definitely see the talent coming through.

"People like Sladey, Nowellsy, Dickie, Hilly and Dave, they are great rugby players and I think it’s great they are playing week in, week out and enjoying themselves. At the same time, it’s always good to have the older heads like Mummsy, Welchy, TJ and Steeno because there is a really good balance to the team."

Although the Chiefs missed out on featuring in the inaugural European Champions Cup this season, Waldrom insist the club have the personnel in place to challenge at the very top – a point emphasised with their impressive run of form this term.

"I think we are enjoying what we are doing down here and we’re trying to stamp our mark on each game," said Waldrom. "I think we’re slowing doing that, but we also want to make it hard for teams when they face us to try and get anything out of us."

With another testing Premiership block to begin again next week, Waldrom says it’s vital the Chiefs maintain their momentum during the festive period.

"We’re well aware if you are 10, 15 per cent off in the Premiership, you’ll get caught out," added the Kiwi-born forward. "That is what happened to us at Newcastle, but we know over the Christmas period that there is not so much training; the weeks are a bit shorter, so we have to do our homework beforehand to get everything right for these big games. As players, though, you want to be involved in these big games."

Certainly Waldrom’s club form has attracted the attentions of plenty across the country, including the England head coach who recalled him to his training squad for last month’s international block:

"It was nice to be back in the England mix, that dream never goes away," said Waldrom. "However, to get anywhere near that team you have to be playing well for your club side. I always said at Leicester, worry about your form here first and foremost and then England will follow.

"It’s exactly the same down here, if you’re playing well those things will happen. It’s just about kicking on; moving forward and making sure I do what I am doing and don’t let things slip.

"As a club we have set goals for 2015, but we’ll keep them in house. We know what we have to do to achieve those goals. Where we are currently in the table – we want to stay there – but it’s up to us to keep working hard in games and in training to maintain that.  It’s a great challenge for us to take on over these next 12, 14 rounds."
 

Latest News

England Under-20 secure impressive bonus-point win over Italy

England secured their third bonus-point win of the 2017 Six Nations with an eight-try 46-0 victory over Italy at the…

Match Report: Harlequins 18 Leicester Tigers 27

Leicester Tigers’ impressive second-half comeback saw them score 24 unanswered points and stun hosts Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop to claim…

Myler still dreaming of top four with Northampton Saints

He has been the cornerstone of Northampton’s back-line for more than a decade and fly-half Stephen Myler insists he will…

Stephen Myler

Joseph returns for derby clash against Bristol Rugby

Jonathan Joseph will return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up for the Aviva Premiership clash with West Country rivals Bristol…

Chiefs side to face Newcastle Falcons

Rob Baxter may be wary of the threat Newcastle Falcons pose to his Exeter side, but insists its challenges such…

Waldrom

Wasps team to play Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named the Wasps’ side to take on Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday,…

Le Roux Wasps

Sale Sharks Team News

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Saracens in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 2.45pm)  at…

Josh Charnley

Newcastle Falcons team to face Exeter Chiefs

Newcastle Falcons have made three changes ahead of Saturday’s Aviva Premiership trip to Exeter Chiefs (kick-off 3pm). Chris Harris replaces…

Evan Olmstead

Gloucester Rugby make two changes for Sunday’s trip to Wasps

Gloucester Rugby keep faith with the majority of the side that started against Saracens last weekend, making just two changes…

Lewis Ludlow

Bristol Rugby team to face Bath Rugby

Bristol Rugby play host to Bath Rugby in the much-anticipated West Country derby on Sunday (1pm KO). Mark Tainton’s men…

Gavin Henson

Saracens name team for Sale clash

Saracens have named their team to face Sale Sharks in Saturday’s round 16 Aviva Premiership clash at Allianz Park, kick-off…

Joel Conlon

Annett and Dowson return for Saints test

Niall Annett and Phil Dowson are among three changes to the Warriors starting line-up for their trip to Franklin’s Gardens…

Phil Dowson

Northampton Saints team news versus Worcester

The Northampton Saints team has been named for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Round 16 home match against Worcester. The Saints head…

Michael Paterson

RFU Disciplinary: Francois Louw

An appeal against the sanction imposed on Francois Louw of Bath Rugby was heard by an RFU Disciplinary appeal panel…

AUDIO: Preview of this weekend’s Six Nations and Aviva Premiership action

It's the third round of matches in the Six Nations Championship this weekend, while action also continues in the Aviva…

Twickenham Stoop

England team to face Italy at Twickenham

Eddie Jones has named his side for England’s RBS 6 Nations game against Italy at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday (kick-off…

Saints eleven pen new deals

Northampton Saints has today announced new deals with 11 members of the current squad. Three of the more experienced players,…

Luther Burrell

Symons wants Gloucester Rugby to kick-on against Wasps

Just three points separates Gloucester Rugby and sixth-placed Harlequins and centre Andy Symons is determined to see the Cherry &…

Bath Rugby surpass 40,000 ticket sales for The Clash

Bath Rugby is thrilled to confirm that over 40,000 tickets have been sold for The Clash, when they will take…

Bath Rugby