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28th May 2017

Exeter’s party restarts and gets a naked Irishman on the pitch by midday

A long day ahead of them

Patrick McCarry

Back in May 2010, Exeter Chiefs won promotion to the Aviva Premiership.

On Sunday, at Twickenham, Chiefs became Premiership champions after seeing off much-fancied Wasps in a thriller.

Gareth Steenson was one of a handful of Exeter ‘originals’ that have been with the club from the Championship days. The former Ulster and Ireland U21 outhalf kicked like a dream in the final and led the post-match celebrations.

Winger Jack Nowell had to leave the celebrations, in the early hours of this morning, to link up with the British & Irish Lions squad but the rest of the Exeter boys – including former Ulster back Ian Whitten – are on the charge.

With next to no sleep, the Chiefs lads were up early and in fancy dress to hit it hard again. The theme appeared to be Robin Hood, Maid Marian[s] and a lot of merry men.

Within four hours, Steenson was back on the halfway line at Sandy Park with nothing on but a pair of shoes and the Premiership trophy to cover himself.

He either lost a bet or won it. Either way, he looks entirely chuffed with himself.

It’s already shaping up for one hell of a day and they are not done yet.