In what will be the finale to Exeter Chiefs Original, Phil Dollman’s Testimonial Year, his game has taken on an exciting new dimension. Welsh legends Crawshays have thrown down the gauntlet and offered to bring their star-studded team to Devon for the 31st Aug showdown. They will be facing a host of familiar faces to fans of Exeter Chiefs in what will be the first visit of Crawshays to the home of the premiership club, Sandy Park.
Phil, who will be captaining his “Originals” team, has been busy recruiting players over the summer months. After 10 years with Exeter Chiefs and being granted a testimonial for his services to the club, he was keen to recruit the best possible opposition to fill this fixture. Commenting on the confirmation of Crawshays venturing to Devon, Phil said, “It’s well known in Wales that aspiring players have 3 major milestones in their career – represent your country, earn selection for the British & Irish Lions – and be invited to play for Crawshay’s Welsh. So having the team offer to support my big game is amazing and no doubt the cream of the crop regarding Welsh talent will be on show for the masses at Sandy Park.” Phil who toured overseas for the Crawshay’s on 3 occasions before his 10 years with Exeter Chiefs went on to add, “I’m determined to give the fans who have supported me over the last 10 years a game to remember. I always wanted to bring some famous names from home whom have graced the international stage to Exeter and this link up will enable me to do just that. I better ensure the Chief’s boys have an early night in preparation for what will be a cracking festival of rugby.” Proceeds from the game will be used to support two well know local charities, the Devon Air Ambulance and the Exeter Foundation.