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Former RFU Championship duo commit future to Exeter Chiefs

22 November 2012

  • Former RFU Championship duo extend stay with Chiefs
  • Exeter won the RFU Championship in 2010
Centre Phill Dollman, together with scrum-half Will Chudley and prop Carl RImmer, have all agreed to extend their stays at Sandy Park

Photo: RFU Archive

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has spoken of his delight after another three of his first-team squad today committed their futures to the Aviva Premiership club, including two former RFU Championship players.

Centre Phill Dollman, together with scrum-half Will Chudley and prop Carl RImmer, have all agreed to extend their stays at Sandy Park for a further two years following talks with Baxter in recent weeks.

The news is yet another welcome boost for the Chiefs, who last week confirmed that forwards Luke Cowan-Dickie and Chris Whitehead, had also agreed new terms.

Baxter, who is hopeful of agreeing terms with a number of other Exeter players in the coming weeks, said: “I’m very pleased that the three guys have agreed to stay with us. At the moment we are starting to talk to players who we want around here and I think having these guys sign is fantastic in terms of where we want to go in the next two, three, four years.

As I've said before, continuity is always important in any squad and retention is the often a bigger part of the job that recruitment. With all these guys, we have spent a lot of time on recruiting them and they weren’t things we went into lightly. That is why when you get hold of good guys, you want them to stay.”

Cornish Pirates and Newcastle Falcons produce the goods

For Rimmer and Chudley – both of whom were recruited last summer from Championship sides Cornish Pirates and Newcastle Falcons respectively – their impressive efforts already this season have not gone unnoticed and have been duly rewarded with new deals.

Centre Phill Dollman, together with scrum-half Will Chudley and prop Carl RImmer, have all agreed to extend their stays at Sandy Park

Photo: RFU Archive

Discussing the new deals, Baxter added: “Will has come into the club this year and was handed an opportunity which he took with both hands. We liked the way he played at both Bedford and Newcastle and we saw the good parts in his game.

“He has really impressed us in the time he has been here. He’s a good guy amongst the squad; he’s very competitive; he’s a tough cookie and he is always working very hard to improve his game.

“In a similar way, Carl has also shown you can make the transition up from the Championship to the Premiership. He joined us from Pirates and because of one or two injuries, he got his opportunity to show what he could do.

“In the time he has been with us, he has proved to us that he is a very good tight-head, yet he feels his stronger position is that of loosehead. 

“Personally, I am very pleased for both these guys because they were handed opportunities, which they have duly taken, and they’ve been good guys to have around the club. From our perspective it was relatively easy to offer them deals to stay.”