Open main menu

Gareth Steenson (born 5 April 1984) is an Irish rugby union player for English Premiership side Exeter Chiefs. He plays as a fly-half.

Gareth Steenson
Birth nameGareth R. Steenson
Date of birth (1984-04-05) 5 April 1984 (age 35)
Place of birthDungannon, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight87 kg (13.7 st; 192 lb)
SchoolThe Royal School, Armagh
UniversityQueen's University Belfast
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half
Current team Exeter Chiefs
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Queen's University
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Rotherham Titans
Cornish Pirates
Exeter Chiefs
Correct as of 9 July 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ireland U19
Ireland U21
Teams coached
Years Team
2019– Plymouth (Assistant Coach)


Steenson played a massive part in the final leg of the 2009–10 Championship final against Bristol, scoring 24 points and helping Exeter Chiefs win 29–10 (38–16 including the first leg).[1][2] Steenson burst into the scene in England at his previous club, Cornish Pirates, scoring 264 points in his first season (30 games).

Steenson narrowly missed out on the golden boot by one point to Premiership rival Freddie Burns at the 2012–13 Premiership awards.[3] He won the golden boot in the 2016 Premiership awards.[4] Steenson also helped Exeter Chiefs reach the 2016 Premiership Rugby final. The following year he started the final and scored two conversions and three penalties, including the winning points, as Exeter Chiefs defeated Wasps to be crowned champions of the 2016-17 English Premiership.[5]

Steenson will join Plymouth Albion's coaching team ahead of the 2019–20 season as an assistant coach, focusing on their attack. The role will see him remain an Exeter player however.[6]


Steenson has played for the Ireland under-19 team and the under-21 team.


Exeter ChiefsEdit

Outside rugbyEdit

As of October 2018, Steenson is planning to open an Irish bar named The Stand-Off in the centre of Exeter with fellow rugby footballer Carl Rimmer.[7]


  1. ^ "Fly-half Gareth Steenson praises Exeter's forwards". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Exeter secure Premiership dream". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Perry, Lindsay-Hague and Burns rewarded at Aviva Premiership Awards". Premiership Rugby. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Gareth Steenson: Exeter Chiefs fly-half's perseverance praised by boss Rob Baxter". BBC. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Premiership final: Wasps 20-23 Exeter Chiefs (aet)". BBC Sport. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Gareth Steenson: Exeter Chiefs star to assist Plymouth Albion's coaching staff". BBC Sport. 4 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  7. ^ Bray, Abbie (10 October 2018). "Further details revealed about Exeter's new Irish bar - and it's opening sooner than you might think". DevonLive.

External linksEdit