NAME: Damian Welch
HEIGHT: 6’6 / 1.98m
WEIGHT: 18st 12lbs / 120kg
DEBUT: v Clermont Auvergne (H) 20/10/12
PREVIOUS CLUB: Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Cardiff, Pontypridd
Now into his second season with the Chiefs, the imposing second-row forward has found his way to Devon having played most of his rugby in Wales.
A former student at Cardiff University, the 6ft 6in forward signed for the Chiefs from Welsh region Scarlets during the summer of 2012. However, he has also had previous playing stints with Pontypridd, Cardiff and the Cardiff Blues.
After a slow start to his Exeter career, Welch really came of age during the second half of last season, featuring for the club in the Premiership, Heineken and LV= Cup competitions.
Not only a real force at line-out time, but his speed across the ground make him a more than useful addition to the Chiefs pack. Among the highlights of his first year at the club were notable tries against London Welsh, Harlequins and London Wasps.