James Hanks and Ben White sign new contracts at the Exeter Chiefs

Last Updated: 13/12/12 4:08pm

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Exeter Chiefs have confirmed James Hanks and Ben White have agreed two-year deals to remain at Sandy Park.

Hanks has become a key figure in the Chiefs pack since making his debut in 176, with the 28-year-old going on to make 176 appearances.

White has played 31 times for Exeter since joining from Cardiff Blues in 2011.

"It's fantastic for James to be staying around," head coach Rob Baxter told the club's official site. "My first involvement with him was when he turned up at Exeter University when I was head a coach. We put him straight in the first team and he hasn't looked back since as far as he career in Exeter goes.

"I've watched him play and develop and watched the part he's had to play in Exeter moving forward over quite a long period. It's fantastic that he's still around but also fantastic that he's a good player at this level.

"White's a tough cookie and a different character, the other players will tell you that, but different characters are good within a club.

"He's one of the guys who fits in very well with what we do. He's his own man but his work ethic, the way he trains and the enthusiasm he puts on the pitch, have made him very popular at the club."

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