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Exeter eager to prove their worth

Rob Baxter

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter has urged his players to write their names into west country folklore by surviving their first season in the Aviva Premiership.

The newcomers to the top flight of English rugby have been widely tipped to endure an immediate return to the Championship. A clearer idea of their ability to compete will emerge after Saturday's clash with Gloucester at Sandy Park and Baxter is urging his Chiefs to seize the moment.

"One thing I have always done since I have been head coach is never run away from the obvious," added Baxter. "And the obvious is that on Saturday is a very big occasion and we are very much aware of that. It's a history-making time for the club and we are challenging the players to be the people who make that history."

He added: "They made history last season by getting us into the Premiership and now they are the guys who are going to write the history of our first season in the Premiership.

"We are going to go for it and prepare every week as well as we can, giving it our all and seeing what happens.

"This season is going to be all about giving it a real go, enjoying the experience and maximising every minute."