Heineken recognise double-winning efforts

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Keith Benton of Heineken UK (centre) presents special Glass Stars to Tony Rowe, Rob Baxter, Dave Ewers and Jack Yeandle to recognise the club's double-winning achievements of last season

By Mark Stevens

The double-winning exploits of the Exeter Chiefs have been rewarded by Heineken UK, who have created a special Glass Star for the club’s players, coaches and sup-port staff.

In what was a memorable 2019/20 season for the Chiefs, Rob Baxter’s side lifted not only the Heineken Champions Cup for the first time with victory over Racing 92, but followed it up by claiming a second Gallagher Premiership crown with victory over Wasps.

As a leading sponsor of the club for over 15 years, as well as the principle sponsor of European Rugby, Heineken wanted to recognise the achievements of the Chiefs in what was certainly a year to remember.

Each Glass Star has been engraved with the words Heineken Champions Cup and Gallagher Premiership winners and includes the Heineken, Heineken Champions Cup and Exeter Chiefs logos.

Exeter Rugby Club chairman and chief executive, Tony Rowe OBE, along with Di-rector of Rugby, Rob Baxter OBE, and first team stars Jack Yeandle and Dave Ew-ers this week held a socially-distanced presentation at the club’s Sandy Park Stadium along with Keith Benton from Heineken UK.

Mr Benton, Key Account Manager for Heineken UK in the South West, said: “As long-term supporters of the Chiefs, it was fantastic to see the success the club achieved last season in securing a historic European and English double.

“At Heineken we wanted to show our appreciation of the club’s success by producing these special Glass Stars, where were produced to highlight the Heineken Star which is closely associated with the brand.

“Ideally, we would have normally done a presentation to the whole squad, but due to the current restrictions we were limited on this occasion.”

Mr Rowe added: “As a club we are very grateful for this wonderful gesture that Heineken UK have provided to us to mark the achievements of last season in winning both the Champions Cup and the Premiership.

“On behalf of the club and the playing side, I cannot thank them enough for honouring our success in this way.”

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