England trio sign new Exeter deals


Exeter Chiefs' England international trio of Jack Nowell, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Henry Slade have signed contract extensions with the Premiership club.

Nowell, able to play on the wing, at full-back and at outside centre, has been a regular for England since 2014 and has continued to impress after Eddie Jones replaced Stuart Lancaster as head coach.

The 23-year-old came off the bench to score a try in the opening match of England's Test series victory in Australia last month, starting the second and third games of the 3-0 whitewash.

Prop Cowan-Dickie and fly-half Slade, the latter capable of operating at centre and full-back, have also been capped by their country and helped Exeter to reach last season's Premiership final, a match they lost 28-20 to Saracens.

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter claimed the home-grown trio could provide the foundation for long-term success at Sandy Park, Chiefs having also reached the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup last season.

"It's not really what they have achieved so far, it's more where they are going to go from here," he said of the trio in a statement on the club's website. 

"Obviously Jack has played a considerable amount of minutes at Test level and he's being talked about as one of the top wingers in Europe, which he is.

"Potentially, they are the kind of guys who could play at one rugby club for 10, 12 years and help a club become the best in the country. 

"That's what we have to try and do with them is make them the best they can be - while equally they have to try and make us be the best rugby club we can be."