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Chiefs hit the beach for training

The Exeter Chiefs have been training on Exmouth beach ahead of the upcoming National League one season

Exeter Chiefs train on the beach
The Chiefs are put through their paces on the sand

Exeter Chiefs players have been sent to the seaside for the start of their pre-season training.

But it has been no holiday camp for them as they have been forced to toil in the Devon sun as they take on the unforgiving sand dunes around Exmouth.

"It's about strengthening the whole body and getting it ready for rugby contact," said Director of Rugby Pete Drewett, who trained with his team.

Exeter open up their National One campaign at Esher on 30 August.

"In many ways the sand works as a bit of resistance for us so it's great to work against it," Drewett told BBC Spotlight.

The team did a host of running and fitness drills as well as a number of games of rugby on the sand.

Exeter have made over a dozen signings in the run-up to the start of next season as they aim to gain promotion to the Premiership.

see also
Chiefs bag Albion full-back Lewis
09 Jun 08 |  Rugby Union
Exeter make three more signings
03 Jun 08 |  Rugby Union
Exeter Chiefs sign hooker Alcott
14 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Drewett signs new deal at Chiefs
09 May 08 |  Rugby Union

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