Once a Chief, always a Chief,’ said the long-serving Exeter Chiefs star Don Armand, who announced he would be in retirement at the end of the current campaign. He made 193 appearances and 37 tries;
Armand is now calling time on his nine-year stint at Sandy Park and will focus his attention on family life and business matters away from the club.
It has, however, been a fantastic journey for the Zimbabwean-born ace, which, together with his wife Rayanne, has created the perfect life for them and their ever-expanding family.
Life at the Chiefs has been all Armand imagined – and even extra – and he was quick to meditate on his time with the club.
“Of course, I go with lots of memories, but the club’s success will last far beyond any individuals,” he continued.
“For me, I’m just honoured to have played a role. I won’t shout about it, but it’s been a privilege to be part of this club’s extraordinary journey.
“Maybe in ten years, I’ll look at it more, but whether I’ve been playing or I’ve been on the sidelines, I’ve always felt part of it. The club has helped develop me into the person I am today, and it’s been great to be part of that.”
“The world is my oyster,” he laughs. “First and foremost, I want to continue developing myself. Then, I want to expand; further, I have the GAS brand, the Gaming Athlete.
I want to take that next step forward and be brave in gaming. Health and wellness in this area, it’s hugely important.”
Two months away from Rugby is like a future away. However, as much as a wrist injury means Armand won’t get an opportunity to put an Exeter jersey again in a competitive match, that will not deter him from playing his role in what should be regarded as an exciting end to the current campaign.