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  • Tony Rowe - The Chief of the Chiefs

    ... should be. Exeter is a Roman city so there were a few suggestions along those lines but nothing really worked. Then one of the old-timers said to me: `Why don’t you call them the Chiefs?` I asked him why and he told me that there had been a tradition in Devon that first teams were called the Chiefs. “I got a marketing guy I had with me on the case and he came up with the Chiefs’ head we have now. We put it on the kit and it went from there.” The move from the old County Ground to Sandy...

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  • Rowe Honoured with OBE

    Tony Rowe, chairman and chief executive of Exeter Chiefs, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his efforts to Business, Sport and Charities within the Devon city. Outside of work with the rugby club, Rowe is also the chairman of the Exeter Foundation, a charity set up in 2010 which has worked with over 20 local good causes. He said: “Initially when I received the letter from the cabinet office, I thought to myself what I have done wrong now. However, when I opened it u...

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  • Europe 7s Grand Prix Returns To Sandy Park

    Exeter's Sandy Park will once again host the final leg of the Rugby Europe 2016 Grand PRIX 7s series. The 2016 leg of the tournament will take place on July 9 and 10 - with competing teams confirmed in due course. Thousands of spectators packed into the Devon venue for this year’s hugely successful event, which brought together Europe’s top 12 countries for two days of sevens action. Speaking about the news, Exeter Chiefs chief executive Tony Rowe OBE said: “As a club we're delighted t...

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  • Chiefs Agree New SW Comms Deal

    ... Group have grown up together and we are delighted to continue to share in the success of this partnership. We are proud to be associated with them for everything they represent in club rugby terms, but also for the positive effect they have on our city, Devon and the South West," he said. “This season is already lining up to be an exciting one with a new broadcaster on board and a chance to play the reigning Heineken Cup champions. We are more than happy to join them for the journey and we, a...

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  • New Owners Buy "Pre-Packed" Plymouth

    ... they said in a joint statement. "We have serious plans to develop an infrastructure and team that can play at the highest level and a club that is run on a sound, sustainable financial basis." The new owners received interim approval from the RFU and Devon RFU to take over the club's assets late on Friday. They were also informed on the same day that, by entering administration, the club would be docked 30 league points this season. Despite the punishment, the result of last weekend’s game ha...

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  • Behind the Brand - Rhino

    ... second largest shareholder. When Derek decided to retire Clark got together a consortium of investors to take control of the company and the new era for Rhino was underway.   Where are they based Up until recently the business was based in Tavistock, Devon but it has now moved to a 3,000 sq ft factory with sales and admin offices in Chiswick, west London. While sourcing certain items of kit from China and India, and frames from scrummaging machines from engineering suppliers, the vast majority...

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  • News

    ... to retire, Clark got together a consortium of investors, incorporated the business, raised money under the business expansion scheme and the new era for Rhino was underway.   Where are they based? Until recently the business was based in Tavistock, Devon, but the new consortium has moved to a 2,500 sq ft factory with sales and admin offices in Chiswick, West London. They will be machining and cutting pads in Chiswick, but Foster Engineering in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, plus another company...

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  • Sandy Park Facilities The Secret Of Chiefs' Success

    Exeter Chiefs chairman and chief executive Tony Rowe has revealed some secrets to his business success at Sandy Park as he offered advice through the pages of the Plymouth Herald and Devon Live to Plymouth Argyle’s James Brent over plans to build new facilities at the football club to generate additional income. Rowe has admitted that success would not have been possible without the club being able to draw upon the banqueting and conferencing centre at Sandy Park. He estimated ‘at least £6...

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  • More to Season Ticket Sales than Silverware

    ... their Heineken Cup debut may have looked tough for the Exeter Chiefs from a playing perspective, being grouped with reigning champions Leinster Rugby, Clermont Auvergne and Scarlets, but it has its benefits as Mark Stevens, communications manager for the Devon-based club, explains. “The Heineken Cup is obviously a huge boost for us and from a commercial view point the group we got was great. With Leinster, Clermont Auvergne and the Llanelli Scarlets, it is a group of death but from a commerci...

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  • Fan Focus - Colin Britton, Exeter Chiefs

    ... pretty good though, plenty of beer, food and great company.     How does the coverage of the Chiefs and rugby union compare with other sports in the region? We get good local press coverage in the Express & Echo and some commentary on BBC Radio Devon.  Gemini fm do a lot of work with the club and have run a few Chiefs Hour shows co-hosted by players.  The TV coverage is very poor, sometimes just getting a mention, whilst the soccer clubs get lots of coverage, even the non-league ones. ...

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