Baxter delighted with Chiefs call-ups

Date published: October 27 2014

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Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter believes it’s about time his players got the international recognition they deserved.

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter believes it’s about time his players got the international recognition they deserved.

Henry Slade, Thomas Waldrom and Dave Ewers were added to the England squad for a training camp this week, joining Jack Nowell to make up a quartet of Chiefs.

It’s fitting reward for academy graduates Slade and Ewers, who have looked hugely impressive in establishing themselves as first team regulars, while Waldrom has settled in very quickly since a move from Leicester.

And having previously been disappointed about seeing his players overlooked when it came to England selection, Baxter is pleased to see Stuart Lancaster giving Exeter players a chance in his squads.

“I was a little disappointed that we only had Jack named in that senior group to start with, but the flip is that there are still opportunities for our players to keep driving themselves up there,” he told the Exeter Express and Echo.

“The fact we have so many guys who are so close to being involved and on the fringe of things is great.

“Tom Waldrom being back in the mix is fantastic for him and for us, Dave Ewers being up there now training and being so close to breaking into that first group is fantastic, and Sladey being involved with Nowellsy is just really exciting for us as a group.

“The more successful we want to be, the better we have to be at dealing with those guys being away.”

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