Ex­eter Chiefs

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Key man Joe Sim­monds Best sign­ing Ju­lian Salvi (de­fence coach) Ris­ing star Al­fie Petch

Best-case sce­nario Only re­cap­tur­ing the ti­tle they sur­ren­dered to Sara­cens will feel sat­is­fac­tory do­mes­ti­cally. A Cham­pi­ons Cup pool con­tain­ing Cas­tres, Glouces­ter and Mun­ster seems more sym­pa­thetic than last sea­son’s, so the quar­ter-fi­nal stage – at least – will be an­other aim.

Worst-case sce­nario If de­fences stunt Ex­eter’s re­lent­less phase-play, the Chiefs could be in for more Euro­pean dis­ap­point­ment. CM

Ins Alex Cuth­bert (Cardiff Blues)

Outs Will Chud­ley (Bath Rugby), Har­ri­son Cully (Brix­ham RFC), Ed Holmes (Bris­tol Bears), Kai Horstmann (re­tired), Shaun Mal­ton (Bris­tol Bears), Carl Rim­mer (re­tired), Ju­lian Salvi (re­tired), Lach­lan Turner (re­tired), Thomas Wal­drom (Wellington Lions)

Great ex­pec­ta­tions: Ex­eter hope Joe Sim­monds can in­spire

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