Two Lions in Exeter Chiefs' pack, Hill out with a 'niggle'

Two Lions in Exeter Chiefs' pack, Hill out with a 'niggle'

Rob Baxter has called on his Exeter Chiefs side to maintain their push for the Premiership play-offs with another big performance against visiting Worcester Warriors on Saturday.

“We then followed that performance up with what was an all-round display up at Bristol. A lot of game really stood up that night, whilst we also shut them down in some key areas. Our set-piece gave them very little opportunity, but also gave us some real launch points to work from.

“As I said, it was a very pleasing win and kind of shows where we are as a side, especially when you come away from the leaders disappointed not to have got four tries in the bag.”

Team news for the Chiefs sees Dave Ewers, missing for the game at Bristol Bears, return from his calf injury to take his place at blindside flanker. Other changes up front see Alec Hepburn return in the front-row, while Sam Skinner is shunted back into the second-row with Jonny Hill, this week confirmed as one of four Chiefs named in the British & Irish Lions squad, ruled out with a niggle.

Behind the scrum, the back division remains unchanged meaning Cornishman Jack Nowell will continue his recovery from his spell on the sidelines with a second start in as many games.


15 Stuart Hogg
14 Jack Nowell
13 Henry Slade
12 Ollie Devoto
11 Tom O’Flaherty
10 Joe Simmonds (capt)
9 Jack Maunder
1 Alec Hepburn
2 Luke Cowan-Dickie
3 Tomas Francis
4 Jonny Gray
5 Sam Skinner
6 Dave Ewers
7 Jacques Vermeulen
8 Sam Simmonds

16 Jack Yeandle
17 Ben Moon
18 Harry Williams
19 Sean Lonsdale
20 Richard Capstick
21 Stu Townsend
22 Harvey Skinner
23 Ian Whitten

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