Exeter Chiefs complete signing of 71-cap Australia prop Scott Sio… as Rob Baxter’s side look set to bounce back from their disappointing 2021-22 campaign to enter the title race next season
- Exeter Chiefs have the signing of Australian prop Scott Sio. completed
- Sio has won 71 caps for his country and will join Exeter on October 1st
- Exeter only finished seventh last season and missed the play-offs
- They hope for much better next season, especially after signing Sio
Exeter’s bid to return to the corporate end of the Gallagher Premiership table when the new season kicks off next month has been bolstered by the signing of Australian prop star Scott Sio.
Rob Baxter’s Chiefs finished a disappointing seventh in the 2021/22 season, missing the playoffs after reaching the finals in each of the previous six seasons.
Rugby director Baxter will hope last season’s disappointment was an anomaly and on Wednesday his team confirmed the addition of 71-cap Wallaby Sio.
Australia prop Scott Sio (C) has signed for Exeter Chiefs ahead of new Premiership season
Exeter head coach Rob Baxter expects much better from his team next season
The 30-year-old attacker will move to Exeter on October 1 due to his international commitments, meaning he is likely to miss at least the first four Premiership games for his new side.
Sio, who spent 11 years with Australia’s Brumbies, said: ‘I’m super excited about the move. It’s something new, something new, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.
“I’ve talked to a few guys about the club and they’ve all said it’s a great place to play. Being with the Brumbies for so long makes it a different challenge, but one that I need.
“I’ve played in England and Europe at Test level before, but 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 Australian squad that was beaten by Eddie Jones’ England in July and is currently serving in the Rugby Championship with Dave Rennie’s side.