Exeter Chiefs No 8 Richard Baxter set to retire
Last Updated: 02/05/13 5:19pm
Richard Baxter: Set to retire
Richard Baxter will bring down the curtain on his long and distinguished career at Exeter Chiefs on Saturday after announcing he is to retire.
The No 8 made his debut for the club against Fylde on October 11, 1997 and the Premiership clash with Gloucester will be his 431st appearance.
However the 34-year-old, who scored 126 tries for the club, has now decided to bow out of the game.
Baxter said: "It has been an incredible journey. When I first started playing I never thought I would stay with the club for this long, so for to me finish with Exeter being a Premiership club - and having been on that journey with them is just fantastic.
"However, it just feels the right time for me to move on to other things. Not many sportsmen get the chance for it to be their decision, either through loss of form, injuries or a club not wanting you, so it's just feels the right time."
Exeter head coach Rob Baxter has delivered a glowing tribute to younger brother Richard as he prepares to call it a day.
He said: "It's been an incredible story, the amount of good rugby he's played and he's played all his rugby at Exeter when we've been playing at our highest level, either through the Championship, Premiership or Heineken Cup.
"The longevity of what he's done has been fantastic, the loyalty he's shown has been fantastic, but I just think it's fantastic that someone like that had the opportunity to play for Exeter in the Premiership and Heineken Cup because no one's deserved it more.
"He's been a huge part of how the club got to where it is now and it's going to feel a bit strange for me personally after Saturday not having him around."