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Bath Rugby's Ollie Devoto to join Exeter Chiefs

Ollie Devoto will join Exeter Chiefs next season Credit: Bath Rugby

Ollie Devoto is to join the Exeter Chiefs next season. The announcement was made on the Bath Rugby website.

The 22 year old centre worked his way up from the Bath Rugby Academy and earlier this week was named in Eddie Jones' England Elite Player Squad, having previously won the 2013 Junior World Champions with England U20s.

“It’s been a really tough decision to leave, but I feel that a change of environment is what I need to continue my development. That said, there’s a long way to go this season and I’m fully focused on doing what I can to help the team achieve our aims.”

– Ollie Devoto

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Exeter's Hill in new look England squad

Exeter Chief's young centre Sam Hill has been included in Eddie Jones' new look England squad for the upcoming 6 Nations which starts next month.

The 22 year old has made one appearance for England Saxons and has been called into the England senior set up for the first time following some strong performances for the Chiefs.

England face Scotland at Murrayfield in their opening game of the Six Nations on February 6th.

The 22 year old has made one appearance for the England Saxons Credit: Scott Heavey/PA Archive/PA Images

Fellow Chiefs Jack Nowell and Luke Cowan-Dickie are also named but Geoff Parling misses out.

The full squad announced by Eddie Jones: Forwards: Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks) Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)Jack Clifford (Harlequins) Jamie George (Saracens) Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) James Haskell (Wasps)Paul Hill (Northampton Saints) Maro Itoje (Saracens)George Kruis (Saracens)Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby) *injury replacement for Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs) Joe Launchbury (Wasps)Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)Joe Marler (Harlequins) Matt Mullan (Wasps) Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)Henry Thomas (Bath Rugby) *injury replacement for Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints)Billy Vunipola (Saracens) Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

Backs: Chris Ashton (Saracens) Mike Brown (Harlequins) Danny Care (Harlequins) Elliot Daly (Wasps)Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby) *injury replacement for Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) Owen Farrell (Saracens) George Ford (Bath Rugby) Alex Goode (Saracens) Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs) *injury replacement for Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)Marland Yarde (Harlequins) Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Exeter Chiefs' Damien Welch out of action 'for months'

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Damian Welch will miss a significant chunk of Exeter Chiefs' season after undergoing surgery to repair a pectoral injury. The 33-year-old lock's injury is Exeter's fourth long-term blow, following quickly after Henry Slade's broken leg, Luke Cowan-Dickie's thumb fracture and a knee problem for Dave Ewers.

Exeter have stormed to second place in the Aviva Premiership table courtesy of six wins in seven matches so far this term, but must now contend with a growing injury list. Welch suffered the pectoral problem in Exeter's 42-10 Champions Cup defeat at Clermont Auvergne on December 20.

"He's having an operation on his chest-pec area and we will know more of the details post-op. That is looking like that is it for a little while for him - it's more likely to be months rather than weeks."

– Rob Baxter, Exeter Chiefs' head coach

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Chiefs player to have operation on leg

Henry Slade will be operated on today for a suspected broken leg Credit: Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs player Henry Slade will undergo surgery today on a suspected broken leg. He was carried off midway through the second half of Exeter's 41-27 win over Wasps yesterday (Saturday).

Head coach Rob Baxter has this morning confirmed that the 22 year old England international was assessed by medical staff last night on his return and has a suspected broken leg.

"Henry has an injury to the lower part of his right leg and it is envisaged he will operated on sometime today (Sunday). At the moment we have set no timescale on how long he will be sidelined for. A more detailed assessment will be made following the operation."

– Rob Baxter, Exeter Chiefs head coach
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