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    18 June 2023

    Exeter Women’s Rugby Team Aims to Create History in Premier 15s Final, Asserts Coach Susie Appleby

    Unprecedented Success: Exeter Women’s Rugby Team on the Verge of History

    In a city famous for defying odds, the women’s rugby team at Exeter are set to cement their place in history. Just three seasons since its inception, this young side has already made it to the Premier 15s final twice. And they’re not stopping there.

    Their head coach, Susie Appleby, is proud of what her team has achieved so far. “History-making is kind of what we’ve been about from the off,” she says. The enthusiasm and passion that drives them have captured hearts across Exeter.

    “Anything that we do around here is kind of a first,” Appleby continues. “The girls really embrace that and the staff embrace it too.”

    A Winning Mentality

    Last year saw them win their first piece of silverware with an Allianz Cup victory before losing out narrowly against Saracens in play-off finals. This time round they have retained their cup and beaten Sarries convincingly in semis. Appleby sees these successes as testament to a winning mentality ingrained into her players by working tirelessly all year round.

    Gearing Up for Finals Day

    Exeter will face Gloucester-Hartpurry on Saturday at Kingsholm Stadium looking to take home their maiden title.They beat Gloucester convincingly few weeks ago ,but Cherry Whites rested many international players .Despite missing several key players ,Appleby knows well enough that any team can be dangerous on their day .

    The upcoming final is poised to be an exciting spectacle, with Kingsholm likely to be packed for the game. It will mark the end of a season that has seen women’s rugby union in England once again increase in visibility thanks to Red Roses making it through to the World Cup Final and their Six Nations success.

    Sustainability of Women’s Rugby In England

    With financial concerns plaguing men’s games,London Irish going into administration earlier this month and Wasps and Worcester lost last season,the future of professional women’s game is under scrutiny.Appleby believes sustainability depends on how much effort clubs put into development work.

    The Best League In The World

    “This league is the best in the world, there are showcase games every week”, says Appleby. “The game is growing from strength to strength. How sustainable is it? It all depends on our hard work.”

    The RFU have already set salary cap rules that aim at ensuring stability remains intact within professional women’s teams.Being a businessman himself,Tony Rowe, Exeter chief executive has invested heavily in his team,and expects nothing but excellence from them.

    As Appleby puts it,”We’re doing well, they’re doing well -the top two teams are in final and doesn’t always happen that way”. Come Saturday afternoon , when whistle blows at Kingsholm Stadium , history beckons one more time for Exeter Chiefs Women Team .

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