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Your News Chris Budgen heads to Exeter

Northampton Saints long-serving prop Chris Budgen has signed to Exeter Chiefs ahead of the 2008/09 season.

Budgen signed to Saints in 2001 on the recommendation of Rugby World Cup winner Garry Pagel after coming up against the Army lance corporal in a cup game.

The tighthead, who has played across the front row for Northampton, was playing for the then-named Birmingham-Solihull when he propped, and impressed, against the South African giant in the sixth round of the Tetleys Bitter Cup in the 2000/01 season.

Since then, Budged, aged 35, has played in 134 games for Northampton including 85 Premiership games and 44 European matches.

Chiefs director of rugby Pete Drewett said: Chris Budgen should fill a hole left by Craig Dunlea superbly in that he can play in all three front row positions and has had exceptional experience with Saints and the Army, which he will now be bringing to the club.

Budgen said: After sevens seasons with Northampton, I am ready for a new challenge and I look forward to competing with the other props at Sandy Park for game-time with Exeter Chiefs. My family are also looking forward to making the move down to Devon and making the South West our new home.

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