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Cowling to build for next season

Robin Cowling
Cowling was previously the assistant coach of the Cornish Pirates

Exeter Chiefs acting manager Robin Cowling has said he will spend his time in charge building for next season.

Cowling was placed at the helm following the sacking director of rugby Pete Drewett on Tuesday.

"The biggest challenge for me is to make sure that we've got everything in place for next year," Cowling told BBC Radio Devon.

"The whole structure of the club needs looking at but my aim is to keep us on track for the rest of the season."

The game with Moseley doubled as both a National League One fixture and as the semi-final of the National Trophy.

The defeat 32-24 defeat effectively ended the Chief's chances of promotion to the Premiership and also cost them a place in the final of the Trophy at Twickenham in April.

Cowling said the players will not dwell on the defeat and will be looking to bounce back when they meet Newbury at Sandy Park this weekend.

"The players are really looking forward to playing again and showing that they don't become bad players overnight," he said.

The Chiefs trail National One leaders Leeds by four points with five game remaining, but Cowling said he will not be making big changes in a bid to catch the Yorkshire club.

"You will see some differences obviously, we have to change week by week anyway. But the same players are there and Rob Baxter is still head coach."

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see also
Drewett sacked by Exeter Chiefs
24 Mar 09 |  Rugby Union
Moseley 32-24 Exeter Chiefs
21 Mar 09 |  English
Chiefs make plans for promotion
19 Mar 09 |  English

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