JACK BACK! Nowell returns for champions Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs crestEngland and British Lions wing Jack Nowell makes his first Exeter Chiefs start of the season against London Irish at an expectant Sandy Park this afternoon (1500).

Nowell – a key, try-scoring figure in helping Exeter win the Premiership for the first time last term - replaces fellow Cornishman Max Bodilly, who starts on the bench.

The champions – who suffered a last-gasp 28-21 opening defeat at Gloucester - are buoyed by the return of Aussie duo Mitch Lees and Dave Dennis to the home pack.

They come in for Ollie Atkins and Matt Kvesic respectively, while Welsh international prop Tomas Francis get the nod over Harry Williams at tight-head.

Chiefs starting 15 Phil Dollman 14 Jack Nowell 13 Henry Slade 12 Ian Whitten 11 Olly Woodburn 10 Gareth Steenson 9 Nic White 1 Ben Moon 2 Jack Yeandle (capt) 3 Tomas Francis 4 Mitch Lees 5 Jonny Hill 6 Dave Dennis 7 Don Armand 8 Sam Simmonds

Ready on the bench 16 Elvis Taione 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Harry Williams 19 Sam Skinner 20 Matt Kvesic 21 Stuart Townsend 22 Max Bodilly 23 Lachie Turner

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