Exeter Chiefs sign up Bristol duo

Exeter Chiefs have signed Luke Arscott and James Phillips from Bristol as head coach Rob Baxter continues to assemble his squad for the Premiership.

Full-back Arscott, 25, played for Exeter’s colts and made six first team appearances as a teenager, scoring one try, before playing for Plymouth Albion and then Bristol.

Phillips, 22, progressed through Bristol’s academy and made 41 appearances for his hometown club. He can play in the back row and at lock.

They take the number of new signings made by Baxter to six, following confirmation that Ryan Davis, Andrew Higgins, Chris Whitehead and Jon Vickers have agreed to move to Sandy Park.

Baxter thinks both Arscott and Phillips can improve their play with the Chiefs as the club prepare for their first season in the top flight.

“Luke’s exactly the right age for us at 25,” said Baxter. “It seems like he’s been around for a long time but you have to remember that when he was at Exeter he was only 18.

“While he has Premiership experience he has still got a lot to give, that was important to us. There are still things he can improve.
“He is still very ambitious, very keen and desperate to be playing in the Premiership.”

Baxter added: “I watched a lot of James over the course of last season as I analysed a lot of Championship games. He was a very good ball carrier and I think there are areas where we can improve his game.

“He was upset at what happened to Bristol and that’s only right, I don’t want him to forget the impact Bristol have had on his rugby career, but he is now committed to Exeter and wants to play well for Exeter.”

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