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Exeter coach Rob Baxter excited by versatile Don Armand's arrival

Last Updated: 19/07/13 11:59am

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Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter expects new signing Don Armand to make a seamless transition after completing his move from South Africa.

The 24-year-old forward, Baxter's sixth signing of the summer, arrived at Sandy Park earlier in the week after penning a two-year deal from Super Rugby side Stormers.

Harare-born Armand, adept to roles in both the back and second rows, provides options for Baxter ahead of the 2013/14 campaign which will see the Chiefs battle for the Aviva Premiership title as well as compete in the Heineken Cup.

With Chiefs lock James Hanks breaking a collarbone this week and club captain Tom Hayes still recovering from a back operation, the arrival of Armand could not have come at a better time.

"Don's arrival is pretty timely and he will probably slot right in there in the lock option rather than the back row option for us at the moment," Baxter told the club's official site.

"Don's arrival is pretty timely and he will probably slot right in there"
Rob Baxter


"He has been involved with a very good side that has a lot of very good back-five forwards. He gets into the 23-man squad and the fact that he starts games in South Africa at lock and back row shows how good he is.

"He has a high work rate and work ethic and all of those things mean he fits into what you would describe as the back five of our scrum."

Following his arrival in the Westcountry, Armand will enjoy a few days of acclimatisation before joining pre-season training next week and Chiefs forwards coach Rob Hunter is relishing the prospect of working with the new recruit.

"He's a great signing for us and he come to us with a great deal of experience," Hunter added.

"He's also coming to us on the back of a very good season in South Africa, so he's in a good position where he doesn't have to catch up too much in training and he can look forward to the start of the games next month.

"We know we are getting a proven player who has played at a top level. Rob always does a lot of homework on the guys he brings into the club and I've no doubt he will fit the bill very well for us."

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