Campagnaro ready to step up

Date published: August 13 2015

Italy centre Michele Campagnaro is expecting a huge step up when he joins Premiership side Exeter after the Rugby World Cup.

The 22-year-old has joined from Treviso but will only link up with his new side properly after competing with Italy in England.

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Andrea Masi, Campagnaro explained that he had spoken to his Azzurri team-mate, and a couple of other English-based players before making the decision to join the Chiefs.

"I think it will be a very good experience for me," he told the Western Morning News. "Every week it is like a Heineken Cup game, so it will be different and tough for sure. I just hope to be ready for it.

"I think English rugby is more physical, but for me it is the best championship in Europe and I am excited to participate in it.

"My first aim is to play and have a new experience. I want to grow and build up as a player in the next two years.

"When the move to Exeter was suggested, I was excited so I looked at some information and decided to come here. I heard only good things.

"I have seen Exeter on television, especially in the last year. I really like the game the coaches like to play in both attack and defence.

"It is a young team and it is up to me to integrate well into that and do my best.

"I have also spoken to the Italian guys in the Premiership and they tell me it is one of the best teams in the Premiership.

"I spoke to Andrea Masi, Luke McLean and Lorenzo Cittadini, guys that play here in England. They told me about Exeter – a good club, good rugby and a good place."

"I have heard too about the fans that come to games and I hope to hear them soon."