Jack Nowell has the ability to be selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, says Rob Baxter
The winger has impressed for the Chiefs since returning from a hamstring injury in December
Nowell has won 18 England caps and was part of the side which whitewashed Australia
England speedster Jack Nowell has the ability to be selected and star for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, says Exeter head coach Rob Baxter.
The winger is in the form of his life and, fitness permitting, will start on England’s right wing against France at Twickenham on Febuary 4 after starring on last summer’s tour of Australia.
“I hope he can maintain this form and drive himself into the England side,” Baxter told BBC Radio Devon.
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“Then show form in a very good England set of performances in the Six Nations and he gives himself a fantastic opportunity to go on a Lions tour.”
Nowell, who has scored nine times in 18 Tests for England, has now seemingly put his injury worries behind him heading into the Six Nations
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“He’s reaping the rewards for the hard work that he’s put in. You’re also seeing him reaping the rewards for the team getting him on the front foot as well.
Nowell says playing for the Lions is an ambition of his, telling BBC Radio Cornwall: “I performed at Exeter and that got me my chance with England.
“The next step, if I do get a chance to play for England, is perform well and then the Lions does come next.”