Gareth Steenson

About Gareth
DOB 05/04/1984
Born Dungannon
Height 5ft 10in / 1.78m
Weight 13st 2lbs / 84kg

Position Fly-Half
Total Appearances 310
Total Tries 15
Total Points 2630
Previous Club Cornish Pirates
Honours Ireland U21s, 19s, Schools

Brought to Sandy Park in 2008 from the Cornish Pirates, the Dungannon-born playmaker has already written his name into the folklore of Exeter Rugby Club.

Steenson has been at the forefront of Exeter's rise out of the Championship and their subsequent rise to Premiership champions.

He started his playing career back in his native Northern Ireland, initially at Queen's University, then with his hometown club Dungannon, before he was brought into the Ulster Academy as a youngster.

Steenson's dream, like so many around him at that time, was to play for Ulster and for Ireland. Sadly, the dream did not become reality as opportunities at Ravenhill proved somewhat limited. He needed to find a fresh start so, just 22-years-old, Steenson headed to England and that of club side Rotherham.

He impressed during his first year at Clifton Lane and his talents brought him to the attentions of the Pirates, who snapped him up the following season, taking him to the Duchy where he continued to showcase his undoubted talents.

Among those to fall foul of his deadly right boot were the Chiefs, who moved swiftly in 2008 to sign the fly-half and add him to their roster as they looked to press their claims for a place in the Premiership.

Steenson quickly settled to life in Devon and in the years that have followed, he has established himself as one of the deadliest goalkickers, not just in England, but in Europe as well. 

He not only booted the Chiefs into the Premiership back in 2010 with a majestic display against Bristol in the inaugural Championship play-off final, but since then has continued to sink rivals on all fronts, taking his tally of points past 2,500 and installing him as the club's leading points-scorer of all time.

For some reason Ireland have continued to overlook his talents, but their loss has been Exeter's gain and that was firmly underlined when he skippered the side to victory in May 2017 to the Premiership title. He kicked the winning penalty to sink Wasps at Twickenham and ensure the Chiefs of their biggest prize to date.

As well as playing, Steenson is this season starting out on the coaching front, taking up an attack role with National League One side Plymouth Albion.

Season Stats
  • Minutes Played599
  • Points82
  • Tries0
  • Conversions26
  • Conversions Missed3
  • Penalty Goals10
  • Penalty Goals Missed0
  • Drop Goals0
  • Drop Goals Missed0
  • Carries35
  • Metres Gained65
  • Average Gain1.86
  • Clean Breaks2
  • Defenders Beaten5
  • Offloads2
  • Try Assists2
  • Passes151
  • Kicks In Play26
  • Tackles57
  • Tackles Missed18
  • Turnovers Won4
  • Turnovers Conceded1
  • Yellow Cards0
  • Red Cards0
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