Exeter's Jack Nowell named LV= Cup breakthrough player
Exeter Chiefs 19-year-old star Jack Nowell has today been named the LV= Cup's Breakthrough Player.
Nowell, who was the youngest nominee, beat nine other players for the award.
He told BBC Radio Devon: "It's amazing, it's a great honour to win an award like this.,"
"A lot of great players were in the competition as well, so to win it is a big honour."
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The Sandy Park academy player￼ was initially handed a chance to impress in the LV= Cup in November and grabbed it with both hands, starting the next two Aviva Premiership matches and also playing at home against the Scarlets in the Heineken Cup.
After taking a bang to the head, which ruled him out of England under-20s' opening Six Nations matches, Nowell capitalised on Gonzalo Camacho's hamstring injury to reclaim his place in the side.
"I've had a good run of games with the team￼ but I've got to remember how old I am," he said last month.
"I've still got a lot to learn and I know that.
"To be given the chance by (coaches) Rob (Baxter) and Ali (Hepher) to play for the Chiefs every week has been really good.
"I've got to take every game forward but there are a lot of positives to take from the games so far."
Nowell told BBC Radio Devon “If it wasn't for the LV= Cup I think many of us young players wouldn't get the chance to play,"
"I'd like to get as far as I can with my career,”
"One of my goals this year was to break through and play a couple of games for Exeter in the Premiership.
"We've got a handful of games left in the Premiership, so I'd like to play for the rest of the season."