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I'm ready for England - Nowell

23rd January 2014 14:35


Jack Nowell England Under 20s

Debutant? Jack Nowell

Highly-rated Exeter Chiefs back Jack Nowell feels he is ready for Test rugby and to stake a claim for a berth on the wing for England.

England open their Six Nations campaign with a visit to Paris and the Stade de France to take on the Frenchmen a week on Saturday.

And with Marland Yarde and Christian Wade out injured, and Chris Ashton short of form on the international stage; coach Stuart Lancaster may hand debuts to Nowell and Bath winger Anthony Watson out wide.

"Definitely I feel ready. I made my Premiership debut at 19 and I could have said I was ready then," said 20-year-old Nowell.

"But if you're not put in that situation you never know. I could have been 22 asking 'am I ready'?

"When (Exeter coach) Rob Baxter threw me in at the deep end in the past I thought 'all the better'.

"I've got so much to learn still and I know that, but the only way I will learn is if I'm put into these situations.

"It doesn't feel so long ago that I was with the Under-20s. Playing rugby has always been a massive dream for me.

"I never thought I'd be able to make it this far. Cornwall is out of the way and used to be completely off the radar. The massive thing for me was Exeter getting promoted to the Premiership.

"I look back now and think Christ, a couple of years ago I was at Truro College throwing the ball around with my mates.

"If I get the chance to start against France I'll be excited, but at the moment I'm putting that out of my mind."

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