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Connacht v Exeter Chiefs

European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool 2 Round 5

Sunday 18th January 2015 Kick Off 15:15

After a home defeat to Edinburgh ended Connacht's unbeaten home run, they will attempt to get back on track against Exeter in a crucial Challenge Cup game. Neither side have enjoyed a particularly productive run since their last Challenge Cup outing in mid December. Both sides will hope to put their recent indifferent league form behind them to take a giant stride towards qualification for the quarter final of the competition.

Other Match Stats
Exeter have lost their last 4 Premiership games
Exeter have picked up 7 bonus points in the league just one less than the sides with the most Northampton and Wasps
Exeter have picked up 4 bonus points in the Challenge Cup (1 losing bonus point and 3 4 try bonus points)
Exeter's last visit to Ireland saw them beat Ulster 22-21 in a pre-season friendly.

Exeter Chiefs Stats
Website: exeterchiefs.co.uk/
Founded: 1871
Ground: Sandy Park
Capacity: 12,500
Coaches: Rob Baxter
Captain: Dean Mumm

Premiership League Position 2013/14: 8th P:22 Points:45
Premiership League Position 2014/15: 5th P:13 Points:35
LV Cup 2013/14: Winners: Top of Pool 2 P:4 Pts:14 (Beat Northampton 15-8 in the final)
LV Cup 2014/15: 1st in Pool 4 P:2 Pts: 8
Heineken Cup 2013/14: 3rd in Pool 2 P:6 Points:12

Previous Fixtures
London Irish 28-26 Exeter Chiefs (Premiership Round 13)
Exeter Chiefs 25-26 Gloucester (Premiership Round 12)
Bath 31-14 Exeter Chiefs (Premiership Round 11)
Sale Sharks 18-11 Exeter Chiefs (Premiership Round 10)

Next Fixture:
Saturday 24th January 2015 Exeter v Bayonne Kick Off: 17:30 @ Sandy Park (Challenge Cup Round 6)

European Rugby Challenge Cup (Pool 2)
Exeter 16
Connacht 14
Bayonne 5
La Rochelle 4

Exeter Chiefs Ins and Outs 2014/15
Players In

Thomas Waldrom from Leicester Tigers
Moray Low from Glasgow Warriors
Tomas Francis from London Scottish
Mitch Lees from London Welsh
Elvis Taione from Jersey
Ryan Caldwell from Bath Rugby
Adam Hughes from Bristol Rugby
Chrysander Botha from Lions
Patrick Phibbs from London Irish

Players Out
Hoani Tui to Lyon
Craig Mitchell to Cardiff Blues
Romana Graham to La Rochelle
Jason Shoemark to Hawke's Bay Magpies
Chris Whitehead retired
Tom Cowan-Dickie to Plymouth Albion
James Hanks retired
Lloyd Fairbrother to Newport Gwent Dragons
Luke Arscott to Bath Rugby
James Phillips to London Scottish

Previous Meetings

European Challenge Cup Pool 2 Round 2 October 25th 2014
Exeter Chiefs 33-13 Connacht
www.epcrugby.com/matchcentre/29392.php

Pre-Season Friendly August 2012
Exeter Chiefs 6-8 Connacht

Pre Season Friendly August 2011
Connacht 10-47 Exeter Chiefs

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