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Exeter Chiefs Academy at Exeter College

Rugby Apprentices launch for 2016 along with L-R Rob Gibson (Academy Manager), Mike Blakely (Apprenticeship Manager), John Laramy (Principal), Rob Bosworth (Vice Principal)


The partnership between Exeter Chiefs and Exeter College provides aspiring rugby players to get the chance to nurture not only their rugby talent, but also first-class education and training with the Aviva Premiership Academy club coaching and teaching staff.

The Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy at Exeter College provides full time education alongside the highest quality rugby coaching, training and playing opportunities to support learners to reach the highest level both academically and within rugby. The programme caters for players from 16-18 and 18-20 years.

The rugby training links in around the students chosen academic path

Students have full access to full time coaches and strength & conditioning staff. This provides students to cover the tactical, technical and team aspects of rugby along with full conditioning, nutritional programs and detailed team and individual analysis delivery. The full time coaching staff also provide individual skills and mentoring to suit the student commitments.

The College play in the RFU AASE league and also compete in the AOC competitions providing opportunities for players at all levels and four players have been recently named in the 2016/17 England Under-18 training squads

Richard Capstick is in the England U17 training Squad, while Marcus Street, Charlie Wright and James Kenny are in the England U18 training squad.


Rugby Apprenticeships

The College has seven full-time Rugby Apprentices in the 2016/17 season. The players are linked with the club. Some are loaned to feeder clubs and all undergo education through the college and gain a wealth of experience in coaching with the Chiefs Community Department and receive specialist one on one training along with team based activities.
The program is designed to provide opportunities within the game and prepares for life outside of rugby.

Coaches Information

Rob Gibson

Rob heads up the programme and bring with him a wealth of experience at the highest levels both in NZ and with the Exeter Chiefs Senior sides and Academy.

Glenn Channing

Glenn takes care of back coaching and attack along while delivering the AASE and Apprenticeships. Glenn is also a qualified Coach Educator and links in with Club Academy commitments.

Sam Morton

Sam overseas the forwards and defence. Sam is also throwing coach for the Exeter Chiefs, `A` League Coach and U18 Academy Coach.

Joe Satt

Heads up Strength and Conditioning along with providing support for injured players and nutritional and supplement guidance.

All coaches are active within the senior club and are able to bring into the College the latest and up to date coaching techniques.

College Staff

The College is also fortunate to have Jon Hill, Jon Fabian, Steve Perry, Ross Morshead coaching the teams also. All these coaches have a fantastic pedigree and are still involved at various clubs in the National leagues.

In reality the line-up of coaches and experience they can bring to the students at the college is outstanding.

For more information on the program and application requirements please contact: chriswall@exe-coll.ac.uk