Exeter Chiefs' flanker Julian Salvi has decided to retire. However, he won't leave the club entirely. Instead, Salvi will join the Chiefs as a defence coach.
Julian’s time with Exeter wasn't that long, but his stay as a coach might be much longer. He joined the squad in 2015 and helped the Chiefs win the championship last year. But all that is behind him now, and Salvi is excited to start his new job, praising the team's defence along the way. He said, “Anyone who has seen the Chiefs play and how we defend – we've got a very solid foundation in that respect – so it's just a case of me trying to add to that in my new role.”
With such a good foundation, the 32-year-old is looking to add some of his own wisdom. Hopefully, it will make Exeter’s defence impregnable.
Him joining the team as a coach is also beneficial to Rob Baxter. The director of rugby was stretched between his primary position and overseeing the team’s defence. Now, with Julian Salvi on board, he’ll be able to tend to his own duties, knowing that the team is in experienced hands.
Coaching the Chiefs’ isn’t the flanker’s first coaching job either. He also coached and played at Plymouth Albion for the past two seasons. Additionally, he played for Leicester Tigers, appearing for the team over 50 times. He even received the Player of the year award at one point.
As you can see, the Chiefs have plenty to be excited about. They’ve snatched an excellent player, and now he’s staying to help the team in another way. The last season saw plenty of bets placed on Exeter, and there’s no reason to stop now. So, grab one of the best betting apps UK can provide, and show your support for the Chiefs and their new defence coach.