- LV= Breakthrough Player tipping Arnott for Devon success
- It's all about the speed, nothing but the speed with him – Nowell
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He may be getting picked by head coach Rob Baxter to break into the England squad, but Exeter Chiefs' Jack Nowell is tipping another winger to also make a name for himself down in Devon.
A member of the club's academy, 20-year-old Jack Arnott missed out on the Under 20 World Cup this summer when a dislocated shoulder left him watching on from the sidelines as England, including Nowell, toasted success.
Since then Nowell, who won the 2012/2013 LV= Cup Breakthrough Player Award in his first season playing in the Aviva Premiership, has gone from strength to strength, earning an England Saxons call-up.
The 20-year-old even drew comments from South Africa Springbok Bryan Habana for his performances for the Chiefs against Toulon in the Heineken Cup earlier this month.
But while enjoying his rise to form, Nowell acknowledges that he had better watch his back, especially with flying winger Arnott, who is dual-registered with Championship side Plymouth Albion, working his way up.
“There are a couple of boys that have come in this season that are threatening to knock me off my perch,” said Nowell.
“There's Jack Arnott, or Doctor Gas as he is known, he's going to be a very dangerous player this year, and I'm looking forward to watching him play and playing with him. It's all about the speed, nothing but the speed with him.
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“Getting the young player award was a good honour to get, it gave me that nudge to go and play for Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership and the World Cup.
“Things have been pretty awesome, I can't complain. Last summer I was away with England and then towards the end of last season I got all my run-outs playing in the Premiership with Exeter Chiefs, I can't complain about what I've been doing.”
We're a tight group – Nowell
Cornishman Nowell first got into rugby aged six after his dad Michael took him to their local Penzance and Newlyn Club before eventually progressing through the Chiefs academy.
A first-team debut followed against the Ospreys in October 2011 and Nowell admits the tight coaching set-up at the club helped him progess.
“My mum and dad were the people who took me to my first training session with the under eights,” he added.
“My coaches when I was younger and in the minis were important, they all looked after me when I was younger, they brought me up through and I'm still in contact with them now.
“Everyone is great here, we have Rob (Baxter), Ali (Hepher), Ricky (Pellow) and Robin (Cowling), who looked after me when I was 14 years old and I'm still really close to them now and working with them every day.
“Everyone really at the Chiefs, we're such a tight group, it's pretty awesome to be involved in.”
Watch the RFUtv interview with Jack here.
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