England centre Ollie Devoto linked with shock Exeter departure

England centre Ollie Devoto could potentially be leaving Sandy Park at the end of the season for a Premiership rival if reports are to be believed.

A fan has claimed on Reddit that he spotted Devoto with Wasps head coach Lee Blackett at a motorway services station close to Exeter.

Devoto initially started his rugby career as a seven-year-old at Sherborne RFC, emerging through their youth section before he was signed by the Bath Academy at the age of 16.

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An injury crisis during the 2012–13 season amongst Bath’s back division saw him promoted into the first-team squad, and he made his first team debut as a replacement in a Premiership match against Wasps on September 8, 2012.

Already on the England radar at age group level, Devoto was part and parcel of the highly successful Under-20s side – which included the likes of Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Sam Hill, Alec Hepburn and Luke Cowan-Dickie – that lifted the Junior World Championships in France.

On the club scene, Devoto continued to forge himself quite a reputation in the colours of Bath over the next few years, even featuring in their Premiership Final appearance against Saracens at Twickenham in 2015.

Devoto would spend another season at the Recreation Ground before he decided on a change of scenery, agreeing terms with the Chiefs on a three-year deal in January 2016.

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