The Exeter Chiefs will welcome Saracens to Sandy Park on Saturday, May 20 and the players will be confident that they can get a victory over their bitter rivals. The Chiefs have faced Mark McCall’s side twice this season and the record reads one loss and one draw.
Rob Baxter’s side will be confident, however, that they can get a victory over Saracens. The Sandy Park outfit are the in-form team in the league at the moment and regardless of the outcome of the Champions Cup final on Saturday, the Chiefs will have had an extra week of preparation for the semi-final.
This preparation has somewhat been disrupted with the news emerging today that former England and British & Irish Lion, Geoff Parling, is to leave the club at the end of the season.
DevonLive is reporting that Parling will depart for Japan in the summer before joining an Australian Super Rugby side ahead of the new season. It is reported that he will likely join the Melbourne Rebels, which is interesting considering they are one of the clubs in contention to be axed from the competition by SANZAR.
Head coach, Baxter, said that although the club would have liked to keep the 33-year-old, they are happy for the opportunity which is currently presented to the towering lock.
“There haven’t been any issues, it’s just that Geoff has had a great opportunity to play a couple of seasons in Japan and Australia.
“There have not been any issues or problems with us at all. I think over the last couple of months there have been times we have thought it would be great if Geoff would stay and Geoff would think about staying, but sometimes players just move on.”
You can’t blame a player for wanting to experience new environments as they reach the twilight of their careers and Exeter supporters will certainly be hoping that Parling can help contribute to what could be a famous few weeks for the club.