Exeter Chiefs sign Australia star Scott Sio

Exeter Chiefs complete signing of 71-cap Australia prop Scott Sio… as Rob Baxter’s side look to bounce back from their disappointing 2021-22 campaign to move into title contention next season

  • Exeter Chiefs have completed the signing of Australia prop Scott Sio
  • Sio has won 71 caps for his country and will join up with Exeter on October 1
  • Exeter only finished seventh last season and missed out on the play-offs
  • They will be hoping for much better next season, especially after signing Sio 

Exeter’s bid to return to the business end of the Gallagher Premiership table when the new season begins next month has been boosted by the signing of Australian prop star Scott Sio.

Rob Baxter’s Chiefs finished an underwhelming seventh in the 2021/22 campaign, missing out on the play-offs after reaching the final in each of the previous six seasons.

Director of rugby Baxter will hope last term’s disappointment was an anomaly and on Wednesday his team confirmed the marquee addition of the 71-cap Wallaby Sio.

Australia prop Scott Sio (C) has signed for Exeter Chiefs ahead of the new Premiership season

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter will be expecting much better from his team next season

The 30-year-old forward will join Exeter on October 1 because of his international commitments meaning he will likely miss at least the first four of his new side’s Premiership games.

Sio, who has spent 11 years with Australian side Brumbies, said: ‘I’m super excited about the move. It’s something new, something fresh, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.

‘I’ve spoken to a few boys about the club and all of them have said it’s a great place play. Having been at the Brumbies for so long, it’s going to be a different challenge but one I feel I need.

‘I’ve played over in England and Europe before at Test level, but having that weekly challenge is going to be something new. I wanted to test myself in a new team and a new environment.’

Sio was part of the Australia squad beaten by Eddie Jones’ England in July and is currently on Rugby Championship duty with Dave Rennie’s side.

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