Joe Simmonds set for Chiefs Premiership debut

Exeter Chiefs logoExeter Chiefs international centres Henry Slade and Michele Campagnaro along with tight-head prop Tomas Francis are on 6 Nations duty and miss today’s home Premiership clash against Newcastle Falcons (1500).

Fellow international Jack Nowell remains unavailable due to England commitments, while leading points-scorer Gareth Steenson (hamstring) is ruled out.

Teignmouth rugby product and England U20s international Joe Simmonds is set to make his first Premiership start, at fly half, in Steenson's enforced absence.

Torquay-born Simmonds, 20, has plenty of experience outside of him with Ollie Devoto and Ian Whitten filling the centre positions.

Jack Yeandle returns to skipper the side at hooker having been forced to pull out at the last minute at Worcester due to illness while the experienced Thomas Waldrom returns at 8.

Exeter Chiefs starting 15 Phil Dollman 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Ian Whitten 12 Ollie Devoto 11 James Short 10 Joe Simmonds 9 Jack Maunder 1 Ben Moon 2 Jack Yeandle (capt) 3 Harry Williams 4 Mitch Lees 5 Geoff Parling 6 Dave Dennis 7 Don Armand 8 Thomas Waldrom

Ready on the bench 16 Shaun Malton 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Moray Low 19 Sam Skinner 20 Kai Horstmann 21 Stuart Townsend 22 Will Hooley 23 Sam Hill

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