Thursday, September 15, 2011
Argentina Players in England - Exeter Chiefs
The club is based in the city of Exeter which is a historic city in the country of Devon. It is the second largest city in Devon after Plymouth but is the only side from Devon in the Aviva Premiership. Exeter is located only 60KM from Plymouth and 110KM from former English power, Bristol. Both Plymouth and Bristol play rugby in England´s second division. With an estimated population of 118,800 in 2009 the city is far from being that of London but is nonetheless larger than others involved in the Aviva Premiership including Bath and Worcester. Exeter´s home matches are played at Sandy Park which has a capacity of 10,744. The home crowd has built itself a reputation and has helped the Chiefs compete well. The supporters can be seen singing the tomahawk chop during matches at Sandy Park and are usually accompanied by drums.
The club has players from three sides competing at the on-going Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. They are Samoan scrumhalf, Junior Poluleuligaga, Welsh prop Craig Mitchell and ArgentIne winger Gonzalo Camacho who had a fine game vs England in the opening match and will also play this Saturday vs Romania. The Pumas winger was the clubs big signing for the 2011-2012 season after he was a star performer for Aviva Premiership rivals, the Harlequins last season, scoring the only try in the teams Amlin Challenge Cup Final victry vs Stade Français. Last season the Exeter Chiefs had two Argentine players with flyhalf, Ignacio Mieres joining the club during the season. Mieres is back for his second season with the club after previously playing in France for Stade Français and Perpignan. Prop, Ignacio Elosu is no longer at the club, however, as he was released.