Ian Whitten

About Ian
DOB 05/06/1987
Born Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Height 6ft 2in / 1.89m
Weight 16st 5lbs / 105kg

Position Centre
Total Appearances 194
Total Tries 26
Total Points 130
Previous Club Ulster Rugby
Honours Ireland

The latest inductee into the Exeter Chiefs Centurion Club, Ian Whitten has been a revelation since arriving at Sandy Park from Ulster Rugby in the summer of 2012.

Recruited to the Ulster Academy in 2007, the Lisburn-born back spent four years with the Irish province, representing them not only in the Magners and Pro 12 Leagues, but also in European competition as well.

It was during the 2008/09 season that he made his Ulster debut in a Heineken Cup fixture against Stade Francais and he went on to establish himself in the side for the rest of the season. This culminated in a call-up to the Ireland squad for the summer tour of USA and Canada, where he won two senior caps.

Whitten continued to figure in the Ulster squad right up until his depature in 2012, where he cited he needed a fresh challenge and to test himself in a new environment.

The Chiefs clearly liked what that saw of Whitten and it was not long before he was making his mark for his new club. Equally adept playing in the centre or on the wing, the Northern Irishman made his debut for the Devon club in a Premiership fixture away to Sale Sharks in September of that year.

His hard-running style, his try-scoring ability and his excellent defensive work have seen him become a regular fixture within the Chiefs set-up over the years and against Saracens in last season's Premiership semi-final he notched up his 100th league game for the club.

A hugely popular figure both with his team-mates and supporters, Whitten agreed a new two-year deal with the Chiefs in January 2016.

Season Stats
  • Minutes Played1185
  • Points15
  • Tries3
  • Conversions0
  • Conversions Missed0
  • Penalty Goals0
  • Penalty Goals Missed0
  • Drop Goals0
  • Drop Goals Missed0
  • Carries135
  • Metres Gained555
  • Average Gain4.11
  • Clean Breaks12
  • Defenders Beaten20
  • Offloads11
  • Try Assists1
  • Passes108
  • Kicks In Play4
  • Tackles74
  • Tackles Missed28
  • Turnovers Won5
  • Turnovers Conceded11
  • Yellow Cards1
  • Red Cards0
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