Nowell reluctant to give up Exeter Chiefs shirt
Exeter Chiefs full-back Jack Nowell hopes he has earned himself another chance of Aviva Premiership rugby with his recent performances in the LV= Cup.
The 19-year-old impressed once again in last Saturday's 28-19 Cup victory over Northampton Saints and he could now feature in Chiefs' Premiership match against Sale Sharks on Friday.
It would make up for missing the England Under-20 side's opening Six Nations win over Scotland – and their second game against Ireland in Athlone on the same night as the Chiefs' trip to Salford City Stadium.
"I would like to get a couple of Under-20 Six Nations games under my belt," said Nowell. "Maybe a couple of games towards the end would be nice. I just want to keep taking my chances when I play for Chiefs.
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"That's exactly what I want at the moment, but, if it comes, it comes. I just want to play as many games as I can and take my chances from there."
The LV= Cup has been kind to Nowell this term. Two excellent performances against London Welsh and Ospreys earlier in the season earned him a Premiership debut against London Irish the following week.
He kept his place in the side for the visit of Wasps and even featured in the Heineken Cup for Chiefs – in their last win before beating Saints, against Ospreys.
However, a head injury in that game saw him replaced in the second half and game-time has been harder to come by ever since.
"I took a bit of a head knock against Scarlets but it gave me a chance to sit back a bit again, rest and look after myself after playing a good couple of games," Nowell added.
"It has been frustrating," he said. "Obviously, I want to be playing every week, but sometimes I'm not able to.
"It just builds up and, when I do get that chance, I really try to take it."
Helping the club end a six-game run without a win with a try-scoring display against Northampton will have done Nowell no harm ahead of this week's selection meetings at Sandy Park.
The young Cornishman believes the Chiefs are ready to produce a more impressive run of results.
"We've been searching for that win for a while and we'll try and get on a winning streak again now, that's what we all want to do," Nowell said.
"The LV= Cup games give us a chance to rest our first-team boys and give some of the others some game-time. I think the coaches are really happy with our performances. We wanted to get that win last weekend. Obviously, we'll look at it again when we review the game, but then we'll start to look at what Sale are going to bring.
"We are a very positive club here. If we do lose on a Saturday, we come back in and work hard on everything. We look at the positives and always focus on the next week to get that next win."