The year is 2012 and Exeter Chiefs had just finished in 5th place in just their second season in the Premiership – the Heineken Cup beckoning and Evo switching allegiances from Bath.
Meanwhile up at Knightshayes a Blundellian by the name of Jack Maunder was turning out for Heathcoat CC when free of school commitments.
The said player turned out at home for their 1st XI against Torquay’s on 2 June. Although he didn’t really trouble the scorers being stumped by Matt Thompson off the bowling of Nick Watkin for 1, Heathcoat CC 1st XI won on run rate though.
Fast forward eight years the very same Jack Maunder, now aged 23, will be Exeter Chief’s starting scrum half in their quest of the Holy Grail to win the Champions Cup at Ashton Gate today.
Watching from the grandstand will be younger brother, Sam, a back-up scrum half for the Chiefs and another Old Blundellian who turned out for Heathcoat CC and played Devon age group cricket with our very own Kazi Szymanski.
Good Luck Jack and all the Exeter Chiefs!