Phil Dollman's testimonial year to conclude with match against Crawshays at Sandy Park
PUBLISHED: 17:29 19 August 2019 | UPDATED: 17:29 19 August 2019
(C) 2019 Felix Northover
In what will be the finale to Exeter Chiefs Original, Phil Dollman's Testimonial Year, his concluding match has taken on an exciting new dimension
Welsh legends Crawshays have thrown down the gauntlet and offered to bring their star-studded team to Devon for the showdown on August 31. They will be facing a host of familiar faces to fans of the Devon based premiership rugby club including Chris Budgen, Tony Yapp and Tom Johnson.
Phil, who will be captaining his "Originals" team, has been busy recruiting players over the summer months. After 10 years with Exeter Chiefs, and being granted a testimonial for his services to the club, he was keen to recruit the best possible opposition to fill this fixture.
Phil said: "It's well known in Wales that aspiring players have 3 major milestones in their career: represent your country, earn selection for the British & Irish Lions and be invited to play for Crawshay's Welsh. So having the team offer to support my big game is amazing and no doubt the cream of the crop regarding Welsh talent will be on show for the masses at Sandy Park."
Proceeds from the game will be used to support two local charities, the Devon Air Ambulance and the Exeter Foundation.
Ticket prices for the game are set at only £15 for adults and £5 for children. Tickets are available through this link.
Crawshay's are known for their fast, free flowing rugby and are one of the most famous invitational teams in the world of rugby. The nomadic team have toured across the planet with over 80 British and Irish Lions being capped by the team including legends such as JPR Williams, Phil Bennet and Jonathon Davies.
Founded in 1922 to play a game against Devonport Services RFC, the team are relishing the opportunity to return their roots in Devon for the game. Ian Brice, long-standing Team Manager of Crawshays RFC, said: "We are delighted to be supporting Phil as an ex-player of our team, and will be working hard to create an all stars side for his testimonial match. We have the pleasure of being able to draw upon a wealth of top name players, past and present, and we are all excited at the thought of a trip to what has become one of the best teams in Europe in recent years.
"Phil served the Crawshay's extremely well, touring with us on three occasions to Portugal, Romania and San Sebastian. His quality on the pitch was undeniable but he was also extremely popular off the pitch so the weekend will be a good chance to see if he's still got it to tour with us in the future!''