OUR VISION

After a hugely successful start to their time in the Allianz Premier 15s, now Allianz PWR, Exeter Chiefs Women are looking to kick on and solidify their place at the summit of Women’s Rugby.

Last season saw Susie Appleby’s side claim a second Allianz Cup crown and reach a consecutive league final. The team are the club’s first-ever affiliated women’s team. For some time, Exeter Rugby Club chairman and CEO, Tony Rowe CBE, together with director of rugby, Rob Baxter, had explored the idea of creating a women’s team at Sandy Park – and the fruits of their labour were revealed with plans back in September 2019.

The side is coached by head coach Susie Appleby, who joined Exeter Rugby Club from Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s team where she had been in a similar role since 2014. Former England scrum-half Appleby retired from playing in 2007, winning 65 international caps for her country, after making her debut in 1994. The side is made up of a combination of local talent and international stars, with former England international Poppy Leitch leading the side as captain for the 2023/24 season.

The successes of the side last season have seen players reap the rewards at international level, with young England players Merryn Doidge, Maisy Allen, Katie Buchanan and Nancy McGillivray currently part of the wider senior England squad, with Claudia MacDonald a regular starter for the national side. The side is also made up of international players from the United States of America, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Japan, with those international players and local talent working in unison to provide consistently strong performances on the field.

This season, there has been an influx of new talent into the squad, with internationals Kanako Kobayashi, Alex Tessier, Olivia Ortiz and Harriet Millar-Mills joining a number of exciting English players in the squad, adding to the strength in depth and options available to Appleby and her coaching staff.

Looking towards the future of the programme, the team also has a strong relationship with Exeter University, where current captain Leitch also acts as head coach for their women’s programme, with a large number of the current squad either currently studying at the university or having previously studied there.

Scottish international Eilidh Sinclair also heads up the newly formed Centre of Excellence, which is an integral part of assessing, supporting and developing U18s players on their rugby journey. The programme is run in collaboration with the RFU, allowing more girls the opportunity to progress through the England pathway. The Exeter Chiefs Centre of Excellence is the next stage of the Devon and Cornwall counties programme. Both counties will nominate players that they feel can develop through the pathway, using a set of criteria designed by the RFU. These players then go through a trial stage at the Centre of Excellence, with a group selected from these trials to partake in the programme from September-May.

With the success of the team on the field and a large number of talented young players coming through the ranks, the future certainly looks bright for Susie Appleby’s side.

Leagues
Allianz Cup Final, Allianz Cup Pool A, Allianz Cup Pool B, Allianz Cup Semi Finals, Premier 15s, Premier 15s Grand Final, Premier 15s Semi-Finals
Seasons
2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23, 2023-24
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Premier 15s 2023/24

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1
W W W W W
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2
L W W W L
L11210204872002871050
3
L W D L W
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4
W L W W W
W3139403822041781046
5
W L L W L
L112570268347-79727
6
L W L D L
L112381285362-77923
7
L L W L W
W112480261370-109723
8
W L W L L
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9
L L L L L
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Allianz Cup Pool A 2023/24

PosTeamUp NextFormStreakPWLDPFPAPDBPPts
1
W W W
W3330015731126315
2
L W W
W232101517675210
3
W L L
L2312060138-7815
4
L L L
L3303029152-12300

2023/24 PREMIER 15s TOP SCORERS

PlayerTeamPositionAgeINT'L XV CAPSTRYCONPENPTS
engEmma SingFull Back235630090
usaGabby CantornaCentre288237290
canSophie De GoedeBack Row2424823086
engMeg JonesFly Half2712518267
engMarlie PackerBack Row34101110055
engLagi TuimaFull Back257120354
engHelena RowlandFly Half2410221052
engClaudia MacdonaldScrum Half, Wing2814100050
engEllie GreenFly Half23-014749
engZoe HarrisonFly-half2648216248

Exeter Chiefs Women

PlayerPositionAgeINT'L XV CAPSTRYCONPENDGHEIGHTWEIGHTPTSKICKED PTS
engAbby MiddlebrookeLH Prop21-10001.64m71KG50
engAlessia SkeatesProp19-00001.64m98KG00
canAlex TessierCentre, Fly Half30-20001.73m74KG100
nzlAlicia PrintHooker26-00001.64m94KG00
scoChloe RollieFull Back283800001.60m61KG00
engClara NielsonHooker31500001.64m73KG00
engClaudia MacdonaldScrum Half, Wing2814100001.67m65KG500
irlCliodhna MoloneyHooker302460001.67m85KG300
canDaleaka MeninProp28-50001.76m90KG250
engDanielle PreeceCentre19-10001.75m73KG50
canDemi SwannLH Prop28-00001.72m86KG00
engEbony JefferiesBack Row26-10001.71m77KG50
scoEilidh SinclairBack Row28-00001.65m70KG00
engEllie CunninghamFly Half19-00005'9"75KG00
usaEmily MageeWing, Centre33-00001.73m70KG00
canEmily TuttosiHooker28-70001.74m86KG350
nzlFelicity PowdrellBack Row, Centre27-00001.66m66KG00
usaGabby CantornaCentre, Fly Half288237201.64m79KG9080
engHannah SamsProp18-00001.72m100KG00
engHarriet Millar-MillsBack Row, Number 8336120001.78m85KG100
engHarriette BondWing21-00001.71m68KG00
usaHope RogersProp314260001.68m92KG300
engJodie OunsleyWing23-00001.7m74KG00
engJosie PlantLock19-00001.76m84KG00
jpnKanako KobayashiCentre25-40001.64m68KG200
engKate SmithLock21-00001.81m79KG00
engKatie BuchananFull Back20-40001.64m69KG200
engKayleigh PriestHooker, Back Row18-00001.67m88KG00
engLauren SummersScrum Half22-00001.53m56KG00
nedLinde Van Der VeldenBack Row29-00001.83m92KG00
engLizzie HanlonHooker22-00001.73m77KG00
ausLori CramerWing, Full Back31-07001.68m67KG1414
engLottie DaddsCentre, Fly Half20-00001.7m70KG00
engMaddie FeaunatiBack Row21-00005'7"85KG00
scoMairi McDonaldScrum Half26600001.58m59KG00
engMaisy AllenBack Row21-10001.64m70KG50
engMerryn DoidgeFull Back23-50001.75m71KG250
engNancy McGillivrayCentre21-00001.68m78KG00
engNaomi BrennanCentre20-00001.67m71KG00
engNiamh OrchardLock20-20001.75m87KG100
irlNichola FrydayLock281610001.75m81KG50
usaOlivia OrtizScrum Half26-00001.5m62KG00
engPoppy LeitchLock, Back Row26-00001.69m72KG00
usaRachel JohnsonBack Row33-30001.7m84KG150
walRobyn WilkinsFly Half296010001.68m73KG50
engSammie HarrisFull Back22-00001.7m67KG00
nzlSammy WongScrum Half34-00001.54m61KG00
engSophie LangfordCentre19-00001.68m75KG00

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