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Aviva Premiership: Exeter Chiefs' Ceri Sweeney looking forward to playing in England

Last Updated: 13/06/13 12:23pm

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Ceri Sweeney: Raring to go with Exeter

Ceri Sweeney: Raring to go with Exeter

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Ceri Sweeney is relishing the challenge of testing himself in the Aviva Premiership next season with the Exeter Chiefs.

The former Wales international joined the Chiefs after five years at Cardiff Blues and is keen to test himself in another tough rugby environment.

Sweeney told Exeter's website: "I've never played in the Premiership before so that will be a new experience and it will be good to play in front of full crowds every week.

"There's a lot of history between these old clubs and playing at their grounds. I have played at some of the grounds, but not all of them so that will be a really good experience as well."

Exeter fly-half Gareth Steenson was one of the top performers in the Premiership last season and Sweeney admits he faces a big challenge for a starting place.

The 33-year-old said: "I think Gareth played so well at the end of last season, he was certain of the shirt, and was probably one of the best players in the Premiership for the last four games.

"He steered the side and played very well and was probably a big factor in why they won a few of the games at the end.

"I'm just looking forward to coming down and being part of the team and squad and hoping I can bring a bit extra to them as well."

Sweeney and Tom James both swapped Cardiff for Exeter this summer, and the former says it came as no surprise to see his present and former clubs drawn in the same Heineken Cup pool along with Glasgow and champions Toulon.

"Back in the season when me and Tom both knew we'd signed for Exeter we said among ourselves we could guarantee we'd draw each other," he said.

"It will be good, it will add a bit of spice to it and it's always good to go back to a club where you spent a lot of time."

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