EXETER CHIEFS play-off final starting XV

Henry Slade 20193070Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter keeps faith with his winning 23 for today's Premiership play-off final against reigning champions Saracens at Twickenham (1500).

Baxter names an unchanged match-day 23 from that which won last Saturday's semi-final 42-12 against Northampton.

“We’ve been able to pick this week from our strongest group of players that we’ve had all season, which is fantastic,” he said. “It’s great to see Sam Simmonds and Sam Skinner get more game time after being out for a long period.

“That creates a really decent group of back five forwards which we will need over the 80 minutes and then I think we are aware that we have two good front rows and we need to make sure we utilise the work out of them over the 80 minutes.

“I think we have it in us, but we are going to have to be good because at the end of the day, it’s like an all-international clash, isn’t it? That’s what it comes down to and if it was England v Wales, we’d be saying the same thing. It comes down to the guys that lock it down on the day and get it right.”

Starting 15 Jack Nowell
14 Alex Cuthbert
13 Henry Slade (pictured)
12 Ollie Devoto
11 Tom O’Flaherty
10 Joe Simmonds
9 Nic White

1 Ben Moon
2 Jack Yeandle (capt)
3 Harry Williams
4 Dave Dennis
5 Jonny Hill
6 Dave Ewers
7 Don Armand
8 Matt Kvesic

Ready on the bench16 Luke Cowan-Dickie
17 Alec Hepburn
18 Tomas Francis
19 Sam Skinner
20 Sam Simmonds
21 Jack Maunder
22 Gareth Steenson
23 Sam Hill

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