Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter believed Jack Nowell could return for the Champions Cup final against Racing as he continues to recover from a foot injury.
Baxter revealed: ‘We look pretty good injury wise. Nowellsy is progressing every day and there is a potential for him to be available. We will make that call early in the week.
‘We could be virtually at full strength.’
Despite their Champions Cup final opponents Racing 92 having a recent outbreak of Covid, Baxter has ruled out making his players come into an enorced bubble.
‘We can’t,’ he said.
‘Guys have got wives and kids. You can’t just say “that’s it, you can’t go anywhere”. I don’t think it would work or be good for the players.’
Saturday 17 October – EXETER CHIEFS v RACING 92
Ashton Gate, Bristol (16:45 UK and Irish time)
JOIN THE RUCK:
The brilliant nicknames Joe Marler has given teammates in his autobiography
To find out how the full story behind the nicknames, you can buy Marler’s new book here.
1. Joe Launchbury (Slosh, Sloshbucket, or Biscuit)
“He has the biggest arse in world rugby – and was forever knocking things over.”
2. James Haskell (The Unflushable Turd, Rig City)
“Despite being embroiled in a number of off-the-pitch controversies over the years and falling foul of various regimes, the unflushable turd has repeatedly bounced back.”