Baxter enjoys Jones meeting

Date published: December 17 2015

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Exeter head coach Rob Baxter has spoken of a positive meeting with new England boss Eddie Jones when they sat down to discuss the future.

Selection and availability of his club's players were on the agenda during Baxter's first meeting with Jones, who recently took over the job.

The pair weren't alone though as Chiefs backs coach Ali Hepher and forwards coach Rob Hunter were also seated at the 90-minute meeting, with Baxter revealing it has been an open chat and one that he enjoyed.

"There was no surprise revelation or anything – it was one of those meetings where you get to know each other, open your eyes and communicate and have that first-up discussion on players," he said.

"Myself, Rob Hunter and Ali had the meeting with Eddie Jones and it went very well. He came across very well. It was a first-up meeting just to get to meet each other, to get to know each other and to discuss a few players.

"We also had a little bit of a discussion on how the process during the Six Nations would work in terms of player availability and things like that.

"We talked about when the England Saxons and EPS [Elite Player Squad] would be announced, and that was pretty much it, really. Hopefully now it will be an ongoing process for the coming few months until the Six Nations."

Jones was at Sandy Park last weekend as Exeter beat Clermont 31-14 and according to Baxter he had been impressed by what he had witnessed.

Baxter said: "He watched the game on Saturday and is aware of what we are doing both in the Premiership and in Europe. I have talked a lot about it that, as a team, you have to show you are a good side by your results.

"He was very complimentary, but obviously the bigger issues for him are what he needs to get sorted on an international level."

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