Baxter hopes Waldrom gets chance

Date published: November 25 2014

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter has backed number eight Thomas Waldrom to shine if handed an opportunity against the Wallabies.

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter has backed his number eight Thomas Waldrom to shine if he is given an opportunity against the Wallabies.

Waldrom, who has scored seven tries so far this term, was this week recalled to England’s squad due to Billy Vunipola suffering with concussion.

And the 31-year-old has been given the backing of Baxter, who says he deserves a chance to prove he should never have been dropped.

“He’s probably been one of the in-form players through this start of the season period who may not get any international exposure, which is a shame,” coach Baxter told BBC Sport.

“But at the same time it’s great to see him being recognised and being brought back into a squad that he previously dropped out of.”

Waldrom joined the Chiefs from Leicester during the off-season and has been labelled as one of the signings of the season, joining Exeter team-mate Jack Nowell in the England squad preparing for Saturday.

“It’s no secret that we want as many players as we can to play international rugby, it’s a big part of showing how your squad develops and how you develop as a club,” Baxter added.

“But I think it’s difficult for them now, I think they’ve done all they can do. The selection now will be made for this final game, they’ve shown great form over the last two or three weeks.

“What it’s down to now is training well today and carrying on that form in an England training camp and then hoping that an opportunity arises.

“From Exeter’s point of view, we’re in a bit of a no-lose situation.

“We’d be delighted if they make through to the England 23, and at the same time we’d be delighted if they’re at home here with us in what’s a huge game for us (against Saracens).”