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Exeter's rising star Joe Simmonds

Exeter Chiefs' 22 year-old Joe Simmonds has been centre of attention in recent weeks with two man of the match performances.

Simmonds started the season at National League One club Plymouth Albion, before ending the year  reaching  the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final with Exeter.

 

Just like his older brother Sam, who has been selected in Eddie Jones' England squad this weekend alongside 4 other Exeter players, Simmonds has come through the club's academy system and previously represented his country at age group level, including the Under-20s in the Six Nations Championship.

The fly-half quickly stamped his authority in the Chiefs squad and received high praise in recent weeks.
 

The 22-year-old helped Exeter overcame Saracens in the Premiership earlier this month, despite being replaced by club legend Gareth Steenson in the second half after making his first ever Premiership start for the club, Simmonds was awarded man of the match.

 

Retaining his place last week against Newcastle Falcons in the Anglo Welsh Cup semi-final, Simmonds scored 15 points helping his side to a narrow 20-17 victory - another man of the match performance. Ricky Pellow, Exeter Skills Coach, described Simmonds asoutstandingafter his dominant display.

 

"We asked Joe to go out an control the game, which he did superbly," said Pellow. "His chat and communication was outstanding and to deal with the pressure of what proved to be the winning kick, just shows the type of character he is and how much he has grown."

 

Pellow will be hoping for another outstanding performance this Sunday when Exeter travel to Gloucester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final.

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