Nowell, Slade and Cowan-Dickie commit to Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs logoEngland international stars Jack Nowell, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Henry Slade have signed new three-year contracts with Exeter Chiefs.

All products of the club’s highly successful Academy set-up, the trio have risen through the ranks to establish themselves as leading lights within English rugby’s top flight, the European and international stage.

All three were in the England squad which secured an historic first-ever Test series win in Australia last month.

Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter said: “First and foremost it shows that we look after them and they enjoy being here, which is vitally important, but also shows they feel in the future they will experience big things here, not just in the Premiership and in Europe, but also internationally.

“For me, it shows that we are getting a lot of things right with them and that we look after them, but also that they enjoy being here and they like the style of rugby we play and that we’re an ambitious rugby club.” 

Newlyn's Nowell and Truro-born Cowan-Dickie are Cornish, while Devon's Slade comes from Plymouth.

“From a coaching perspective and from a club perspective, it’s very fulfilling when you see young players being able to achieve those ambitions. It’s probably the biggest thing in coaching when you see young players from your rugby club go on and play not just in the Premiership and in Europe, but also at international level.”

Baxter has so far added three new faces to last season's Premiership runners-up squad. Australian internationals Dave Dennis and Greg Holmes are set to join from the Waratahs and Reds respectively, while Ollie Devoto has also been snapped up from league rivals Bath.

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