Jack Nowell has his sights set on making his England Under-20s debut on Friday
By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter: @SkysportsTC. Last Updated: 09/03/13 10:57am
Rising star Jack Nowell is hoping to silence a few of his Exeter team-mates by making his England Under-20s debut against Italy on Friday.
The 19-year-old has been called up to the squad after a series of impressive performances for the Chiefs - culminating in his first Premiership try against London Welsh.
And Nowell now wants to end the banter from the fellow Chiefs in the U20s squad - Luke Cowan Dickie, Jack Arnott, Sam Hill, Henry Slade and Joel Conlon - by winning his first cap.
"There are six of us from Exeter here. It is good to have the other guys around and helps that you know one another," Nowell told Sky Sports.
"I do get a bit of stick from them when they come back and start telling about all the stuff they have done but hopefully I will get my chance now."
Nowell, who spent time on loan at the Cornish Pirates, has praised the Chiefs for helping him make the next step in his career.
"The coaches at Exeter, Rob Baxter and Ali Hepher, have been fantastic," said Nowell. "They are happy to give you the chance and if you do well they stick with you.
"The Chiefs have been very good in giving us the time to go away to these camps."
Nowell's focus is now on Friday's game with Italy, which will be live on Sky Sports 4 HD, and he is expecting a tough outing at Franklin's Gardens.
"We've done a bit of homework on them and we know it won't be easy," he said.
"They are a very physical side and they work hard at the breakdown so we will have to be alert to that."