Exeter have completed the signing of former England U20s prop Alec Hepburn from Australian club Perth Spirit.
The 21-year-old was born in Perth but played most of his age group rugby in England, with spells at Wasps and on loan at London Welsh.
He was also part of the England side that won the Junior World Championships in 2012, alongside a number of Exeter players.
And after a brief spell back in his native Australia, he has returned to England, with Chiefs coach Rob Baxter excited to see what he can add to the squad.
“Alec was in a bit of a strange rugby situation,” said Baxter.
“He played in the England Under-20s World Cup-winning side with some of our lads, was involved with Wasps and on loan at London Welsh.
“He went to Australia for personal family reasons, but when we knew he was coming back to the UK we had a good look at him in those Championship games and had a chat with our lads who played with him for England Under-20s and it all came back very positively that he’s a young player we feel has got a bright future ahead of him.”
In addition to signing Hepburn, Exeter have also extended the contracts of three forwards, Carl Rimmer, Ben Moon and Kai Horstmann.
Moon came through the ranks at Chiefs while fellow prop Rimmer joined from Cornish Pirates in 2012. Horstmann joined the same season after seven years with Worcester.