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Six Nations: Exeter coach Rob Baxter backs Jack Nowell to keep England shirt

Last Updated: 06/02/14 2:05pm

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Jack Nowell: Praised by club coach Rob Baxter

Jack Nowell: Praised by club coach Rob Baxter

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Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter believes his wing Jack Nowell fully justified his selection for England despite the 26-24 defeat to France in Paris.

The 20-year-old wing endured a torrid start to his debut as he knocked-on with his very first touch but, despite several other errors, earned a positive appraisal from his club coach.

"I thought it went extremely well," said Baxter of Nowell's first outing in an England shirt.

"England were one minute away from winning a game over in Paris where they came from behind.

"And I think we'd all be wondering whether this was, not the start of a new era, but the start of a new England in a way, building towards the World Cup.

"Because they certainly played some very good rugby, and I think some of the new players in there played extremely well, including Jack.

"I thought he added something England haven't had for a while, which is just an ability for someone just to be beating tackles and giving a team momentum.

"Not just standing out on the wing and finishing something if it comes along, but getting involved in the game and giving the team momentum.

"That's what he does for us, that's what he did for England, and of course he defended extremely well."

With opposite wing Jonny May suffering a nasty facial injury just six minutes into the game, Nowell appears to be in line to keep his place when Stuart Lancaster's side try to put their Six Nations campaign back on track against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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